Goodsoil representatives who are advocating change in church policy at this churchwide assembly.
On Wednesday's Churchwide Assembly meeting at Navy Pier in Chicago, during Plenary 5 session.
Candlebearers during opening worship
Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson during opening worship
The construction of three school buildings will provide quality primary education to at least 450 students.
Pr. Jill J. Henning, Southeastern Synod
Bishop Gary Wollersheim and Polly Wollersheim from Rockford, IL register for the 2007 Churchwide Assembly.
In Sapotille, ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson walks with Pr. Livenson Lauvanus, leader of the Lutheran church in Haiti, and discusses the church’s response to the 2010 earthquake.
Christopher Carpenter, associate director, ELCA World Hunger Program, Kristen Glass, director for Young Adult Ministry, and the Rev. Kim Beckmann, director for ministry leadership-candidacy and deployment waiting-out the tornado.
Apu Seyenkulo, Chicago, performs an interpretive dance at the 2009 Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE) in New Orleans, La. (Carrie Draeger, 2009)
As many as 2,000 people filled Millenium Hall in Addis Ababa Jan. 18 for a celebratory worship service for the EECMY's 50th anniversary.
The Rev. Gemechis Buba, a native of Ethiopia, and currently a staff member of ELCA Evangelical Outreach and Congregational Mission, preached at the EECMY celebration.
EECMY President, the Rev. Itafa Gobena, left, speaks with Ato Degefe Bula, speaker, House of Federation, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, at the Jan. 17 celebration.
The Rev. Lowell G. Almen, ELCA secretary, reads the lesson at opening worship on Monday, August 6.
First day of registration at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Haiti's new vocation training center in Gressier, Haiti. Fifty men and women will be trained annually to work in construction fields.
Beans are dried before being weighed and sorted at the coffee cooperative in Thiotte, Haiti. Today, the ELCA-supported project has an established $1 million annual operation.
ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson visits several camps for internally displaced people in Haiti.
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Platz kneels while clergy present at her ordination service lay hands on her head during the ordination rite.
Preparing for worship
The steeple of Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis -- across the street from the convention center -- had its steeple severely damaged by the tornado.
Impromptu choir from Good Soil sings hymns outside the Minneapolis Convention Center.
The Academy of Ecumenical Indian Christian Theology and Church Administration held a special convocation July 7 in honor of those who contributed to the cause for which Ziegenbalg arrived in India, awarding 26 honorary doctorates in divinity.
Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute hosted The Tranquebar Tercentenary Celebrations in its Ziegenbalg Auditorium in Chennai, India. The National Council of Churches in India, Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church and United Evangelical Lutheran Church in India also sponsored the events July 3-9 in Chennai and Tranquebar.
Shlomo Amar, another of Israel's chief rabbis, addresses the North American Lutheran bishops Jan. 8 in Jerusalem. On Rabbi Amar's right is Rabbi David Rosen, of the American Jewish Committee, Jerusalem.
ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson and ELCA Secretary Lowell Almen join the assembly in singing "The Church's One Foundation" following Almen's report to the assembly.
Bishop Mark Hanson and his wife Ione at the podium after his re-election during the 2007 ELCA Churchwide Assembly.