News Releases

ELCA news releases are detailed accounts describing events and ministries of the ELCA

Presiding Bishop issues pastoral message on Fulton v. City of Philadelphia

06/18/2021

​As children of God, we give thanks for all of the LGBTQIA+ people who experience God's calling to the holy work of parenting. In particular response to the June 17 Supreme Court ruling on Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, the ELCA stands with our LGBTQIA+ siblings in Christ and reaffirms our commitment to equal protection, opportunities and responsibilities under the law (Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust, p. 33). 

Dee Pederson elected bishop of ELCA Southwestern Minnesota Synod

06/17/2021

​The Rev. Dee ("Diane") Pederson, St. Cloud, Minn., was elected June 12 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Southwestern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during an online synod assembly.

Felix Malpica elected bishop of ELCA La Crosse Area Synod

06/17/2021

​The Rev. Felix J. Malpica, Janesville, Wis., was elected June 13 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the La Crosse Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during an online synod assembly.

Kevin Jones elected bishop of ELCA Northeastern Iowa Synod

06/16/2021

​The Rev. Kevin T. Jones, Mason City, Iowa, was elected June 12 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Northeastern Iowa Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during an online synod assembly.

World Refugee Day

06/15/2021

In a joint statement addressing World Refugee Day, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and Lutheran Refugee and Immigration Service (LIRS) share their commitment to empowering those driven from their homes by conflict, persecution, poverty, and climate change, continuing to honor the Lutheran legacy of generous and compassionate welcome for those who seek refuge in our communities.

Paula Schmitt elected bishop of ELCA Allegheny Synod

06/14/2021

​The Rev. Paula J. Schmitt, Latrobe, Pa., was elected June 5 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Allegheny Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during an online synod assembly.