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Eaton speaks on anti-Muslim behavior


In a letter released June 9 by Shoulder to Shoulder, a coalition of religious denominations and organizations committed to standing with American Muslims, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton joined other faith leaders in speaking out against anti-Muslim behavior. The letter was written largely in response to rallies in 21 cities organized by ACT for America, a grass-roots anti-Muslim group, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. “We give thanks that our faith calls us to love one another and resist the evil of hate,” the letter said.


South Sudanese leaders hold peace summit


In April, 40 ELCA lay and pastoral leaders from South Sudanese congregations met in Chicago for a peace summit to address the conflict in South Sudan. Discussions also centered around encouraging youth and young adults, and the Lutheran center and clinic that is under construction in Juba, South Sudan. In June a leadership team from the group co-signed a statement of peace and reconciliation that included affirmations on which consensus was reached.


AMMPARO advocacy strategy underway


The ELCA AMMPARO (Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities) team held its first advocacy consultation May 9-11 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, with area churches and organizations that serve migrant children and families from Central America. Participants (below) developed joint principles that will frame how the ELCA determines


its priorities and envisioned how the church will continue to work with children and families as policies evolve. “The consultation strengthened our relationship with churches and partners that work every day to address [these] issues,” said Alaide Vilchis Ibarra, migration policy program director.


Thuringia dignitaries meet with ELCA staff


In May, Bodo Ramelow (below, second from right), minister president of the German state of Thuringia, and other dignitaries visited the ELCA churchwide offices. Ramelow, traveling for events related to the Reformation’s 500th anniversary, spoke to ELCA staff about the large number of “unchurched” in Germany and, with this in mind, said the message of the Reformation is meant for an international audience as well as for the people of Germany. The group also met with AMMPARO (Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities) staff to discuss the program.


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