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New Year 2022

“Now Is the Time: A Study Guide for ELCA Declaration to People of African Descent”

A new study guide helps congregations wrestle with the meaning of “Declaration of the ELCA to People of African Descent” and its accompanying explanation. The declaration was adopted by the ELCA Church Council on June 27, 2019, and presented to the Churchwide Assembly later that year. This study guide provides an avenue for the realization, self-examination and accountability the church requires to “apologiz[e] to people of African descent for its complicity in slavery and its enduring legacy of racism in the United States and globally,” in the declaration’s words. The five-part study guide includes handouts for participants. Learn more and download resources.

Living Lutheran: “I’m a Lutheran” — Darryl W. Jones

“I pray for peace, equity and kindness for all people. For churches of all denominations to not be so segregated. For an end to hunger and injustice. I’m a Lutheran because I can care about more than just me and my local congregation, and the Lutheran church gives you literally the opportunity to care about the world.” In the January/February issue of Living Lutheran, Darryl W. Jones reflects on his experiences at church, the way music connects him with his faith, and his hopes and passions for the world. Read more about him in “I’m a Lutheran.”

Good Gifts
Mark Hansen

Lenten resources for 40 Days of Giving

For nearly two years, as the world has reeled from the effects of a deadly pandemic, we have seen the number of hungry people rise, watched as food pantries and soup kitchens expanded to serve an ever-growing number of guests, and longed for the time when we “will hunger no more, and thirst no more . . . and God will wipe away every tear from [our] eyes” (Revelation 7:16). We invite you to study, pray, reflect and give during ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving campaign, which begins on Ash Wednesday, March 2. Visit for resources including a calendar, a study guide, an action guide for congregations and a weekly email series.



“Talks at the Desk” (Trailer) | Black History Month video series

African Descent Ministries of the ELCA is celebrating Black History Month with “Talks at the Desk,” a new series that will explore diverse expressions of the church. View the full series.

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College Readiness Webinar Series
ELCA Network of Colleges and Universities

Ecumenical Advocacy Days
“Fierce Urgency: Advancing Civil & Human Rights”

ELCA Churchwide Assembly
Embody the Word

“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday
Day of service



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Troubling the Waters

“Troubling the Waters for Healing
of the Church” is a study to guide
white Christians from privilege to
partnership and to honor the
ELCA’s firm commitment to
become an increasingly
multicultural and an intentionally
anti-racist church.


Lutheran Outdoor Ministries — CampMatchUp

Lutheran Outdoor Ministries
(LOM) is excited to announce
the arrival of CampMatchUp, an
app that helps users find jobs at
LOM summer camps. It allows
quick and easy access to
information about the camps,
making for a more streamlined
discernment process.


New! ELCA resource catalog

To improve your experience ordering resources from the ELCA, we’ve introduced a new website and fulfillment system where you can order print resources — from study guides to posters — to equip your ministry.




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2022 ELCA Youth Gathering canceled

Earlier this month, the ELCA announced that the 2022 Youth Gathering has been canceled due to the ongoing pandemic, the recent COVID-19 surge and public health considerations. The Gathering pre-events — the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE) and the tAble, the ELCA gathering for youth with disabilities — have also been canceled. The announcement emphasized the ELCA's commitment "to supporting the young people of our church and to seeing that the ministry of the Gathering, MYLE and the tAble continue for years to come." Visit to read the full statement, and find information about refunds in these frequently asked questions.

Create engaging virtual ministry this Lenten season!

Your church might already offer livestreaming, but this Lenten season you can take your virtual ministry up a notch with Vanco. Discover how to build on your existing online ministry to drive engagement and generosity (without breaking the bank) ahead of this important season. Download your free copy of How to Have a Successful Online Church Ministry to learn …

  • How to build or expand upon the foundation of your virtual ministry without spending a fortune.
  • Which easy-to-use tools, such as Vanco Live, can help you set up an online church and drive meaningful interactions.
  • How to keep the conversation going with members and guests after virtual services.
Get the eBook.


Watch “Talks at the Desk” with African Descent Ministries of the ELCA

African Descent Ministries of the ELCA is celebrating Black History Month with “Talks at the Desk,” a new video series that will explore diverse expressions of the church. Join each Wednesday in February at 7:30 pm Central time to hear youth, young adults, rostered leaders, elders and friends of our communities share their own sacred stories. Watch live on the ELCA's Facebook page or YouTube channel. A discussion guide to help individuals and congregations engage with these conversations is available at

ELCA Prayer Ventures

ELCA Prayer Ventures is a resource that provides a prayer for every day of the year. These petitions are offered as guides for your own prayer life, as we pray for the needs of the world and give thanks for the ministries of the ELCA. Download the full month of daily prayers at


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