The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (exteranl link) began operations on January 1, 1988, with the union of three North American Lutheran church bodies: The American Lutheran Church, the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches and the Lutheran Church in America.
The three churches agreed to unite in 1982. The plan was approved by church conventions in 1986, and the ELCA constituting convention was held April 30-May 3, 1987. Contact the ELCA at 800-638-3522 or www.elca.org (exteranl link).
The ELCA meets in assembly every two years. The Rev. Mark S. Hanson was elected its third bishop in 2001 and was re-elected at the 2007 Churchwide Assembly.
The Archives of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (exteranl link) are the collective memory of the ELCA churchwide organization, as well as leaders and congregations of the church. The ELCA archives also works in partnership with synodical and regional archives (exteranl link) where records of more local interest for synods and congregations may be found. Contact Paul Daniels, the Region 3 Archivist, at 651-641-3205 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ELCA Board of Pensions (exteranl link) serves those who serve in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). As an ELCA churchwide unit, they provide health, retirement, disability and survivor benefits and related services for nearly 50,000 pastors, rostered laypersons and lay employees and their families, and nearly 11,000 congregations and other ELCA sponsoring organizations. The Board of Pensions is based in Minneapolis.
Augsburg Fortress (exteranl link) is the Publishing House of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Funded solely through sales revenue, Augsburg Fortress is called to provide products and services that communicate the Gospel, enhance faith, and enrich the life of the Church from a Lutheran perspective.
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