Lutherans provide lifesaving treatment

In South Sudan, where the United Nations has declared the world’s first famine since 2011, Lutheran organizations are serving the most vulnerable. Lutheran World Relief is working with IMA World Heath to establish medical centers that will treat young children at risk of starvation. The Lutheran clinic in Juba, set to be completed in November, is being constructed by the ELCA and its local partners as part of its ongoing work in the country. The center will serve as home to the Evangelical Lutheran Church Africa Mission in South Sudan.

Southern Baptists condemn white supremacy

On June 14 members of the Southern Baptist Convention adopted a statement denouncing “alt-right white supremacy” at its annual meeting, calling it “antithetical to the gospel of Jesus Christ.” The move was unusual because it was a

shift from the previous day, when the convention’s Resolutions Committee declined to bring to vote a proposed resolution condemning the movement. “[W]e denounce and repudiate white supremacy and every form of racial and ethnic hatred as a scheme of the devil,” according to the statement.

First Methodist transgender deacon

M Barclay was commissioned June 4 by the Northern Illinois Conference as the first nonbinary deacon in the United Methodist Church. The denomination has been divided regarding matters relating to sexuality and gender identity, but bishops have ordained gay and transgender clergy, and clergy have officiated same-sex marriages. Sally Dyck, conference bishop, said everyone commissioned has “been on some kind of journey that has brought them to new places of faith, life and relationships.”


Visit us online for exclusive stories, news, photos and videos highlighting ELCA members across the country—and our global companions.

Read more from our August “I’m a Lutheran” feature, Grace Wolf-Chase, an astronomer at Adler Planetarium, Chicago.

Read an article from Tim Brown about how culture matters more than strategy when growing your congregation’s mission.

As the school year approaches, Janelle Hooper shares a faith

reflection on adjusting to the return of homework help, packing lunches and the “practice of parenting.”

Learn about the Charlottesville Clergy

Collective, a group of pastors who are responding to white supremacy activities this

summer in Charlottesville, Va.

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