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“Worship Designed for All: A Deep-rooted History of Lutheran Accessibility”

“Nearly a century before the Americans with Disabilities Act became law, a Minnesota church chose accessibility over tradition. The result is a functional monument to making worship more inviting to all, especially people with hearing impairments.” To read more about Vang Lutheran Church’s historical commitment to accessibility, and to learn more about ELCA Disability Ministries as shared in the August 2022 edition of Living Lutheran, click here.

History of Lutheran Accessibility
Suicide Prevention Ministry

September is Suicide Prevention Month

This Suicide Prevention Month, we highlight the Suicide Prevention Ministry, whose mission is “to call on faith communities and equip them to reduce stigma, promote awareness, and provide training and resources to prevent suicide, and to help those who struggle with mental illness, their family, and their friends.” This ministry, based on the ELCA social message on suicide prevention, became a passion project for the late Jerry and Elsie Weyrauch after the suicide of their daughter Terri. Read more here about this vital ministry and what we can do to prevent suicide.

Update: Find a congregation

The “Find a Congregation” page on the ELCA website has been updated! Now, when finding a place of worship, you can search for accessibility accommodations that you or a loved one might need to join a new faith community. Click here to try it out!

Find a congregation
ELCA Disability Ministries Blog

ELCA Disability Ministries Blog

The ELCA Disability Ministries blog is up and running! We invite you to subscribe and to share the blog with your friends, families, and worship communities. New posts will be added monthly, and will include updates on Disability Ministries, stories and much more. For a brief update regarding new opportunities to receive grants, you can go straight to the blog!



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