ELCA presiding bishop responds to Christchurch mosque shootings
YouTube Tuesday: Missionary Kirsten Fryer
ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton has released a pastoral message addressing the mass shootings that occurred Friday at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.
“Together with our ecumenical and inter-religious partners, we stand shoulder to shoulder in condemning hatred, bigotry, racism and violence whenever and wherever it occurs. We do so because all people are made in the image of God,” the statement read in part. Read the full message here.
No Refugee Left Behind Postcard campaign
“There is a safety and refuge in that is in this place that is so, so very holy,” proclaims Rev. Kirsten Fryer in this video. Fryer is an ELCA missionary serving as the pastor of an English-speaking congregation, St. Andrew’s United Church of Cairo. St. Andrew’s houses several ministries including St. Andrew’s Refugee Services, which serves 25,000 refugees annually. You can support Kirsten and the over 240 ELCA missionaries serving around the world by visiting ELCA.org/missionaries.
ELCA Conference of Bishops issues statement on Venezuela
We are facing the world’s worst refugee crisis in recorded history with over 25 million refugees, over half of whom are children. In response, last year the Administration agreed to welcome 45,000 refugees to the U.S. But only 22,491 refugees were accepted in, leaving 22,509 refugees behind.
Help Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest send a total of 1,018 postcards to all Arizona members of Congress. One postcard for every refugee who never made it to Arizona last year. One postcard for every reason refugees are important to our communities.
This Lent, consider ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving
The Conference of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) stands with and holds up in prayer the people of Venezuela during the current multifaceted crisis within their nation. We care about the consequences of this crisis as already felt in neighboring countries and about its wider impact on international peace and security.
Bishop Hutterer opens the Nevada State Assembly with prayer
Pray, fast and give during ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving – for the good of our families, our neighbors and communities around the world.
This Lent, you’re invited to join together with fellow members and supporters of ELCA World Hunger to study, reflect and give during ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving. Experience how the grace of Christ moves us to engage in transformative works of love around the world as God calls us into the ministry of hope, liberation and restoration for our world.
Opportunity is Knocking: Assisting Guatemalan refugees
Bishop Hutterer offered the opening prayer for the Nevada State Assembly on Thursday, February 7, 2019, then spoke at a luncheon for Lutheran Engagement and Advocacy in Nevada (LEAN).
Refugee family support
For the past few months Faith Lutheran Church, 801 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, has been furnishing space each Thursday for the Guatemalan Consulate to bring refugees who are seeking asylum in the U.S. Faith’s Community Ministry is ready to help, but we need members of our congregation, people from our community, and hopefully, other congregations to get involved.
Las Vegas: One Year Later
Gail Hamp, a member of Sierra Vista Evangelical Lutheran, writes of visiting with a refugee family from Tanzania: “We were blessed to have the opportunity to provide support for this lovely family.”
In this past year since the horrific events that took place in Las Vegas on Sunday, October 1st, I have had time to process and reflect on those events and the time that I spent with the chaplains, some staff, and others who knew victims of the shooting, and who dealt with the overwhelming numbers of wounded and dying.
Lutherans and other Christians throughout this nation and the world are deeply troubled by the images of children, including infants and the very young, being separated from their mothers and fathers at the border.