Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 12:08pm

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reminds us, “It’s not only the job of our seminaries and universities to identify and raise up leaders in the church. This is something that belongs to all of us.” The Leadership Initiative encourages all of us to seek out and inspire gifted people in our congregations and communities to consider a call to the ministry of the gospel. If you know someone who shows a gift for ministry, help mentor and foster them. Together – pastors, deacons, lay people – we can bring the word of God to the world.

Find resources to guide discussions and offer inspiration for becoming a leader within the ELCA. 

Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 11:44am

The ELCA is committed to its ongoing work in South Sudan to help cultivate peace and a sustainable future for millions affected by civil war and famine. We are working together with others to deliver immediate famine relief, which forms one of our three focus areas in the region. The other two, sustainable food security, and sustained ministry, center around the church's long term commitment to the people of South Sudan to build resilient and empowered communities.

A South Sudan Toolkit for printable resources and more information is available from: Type South Sudan in the search box.

Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 10:26am

Holden Village, an ecumenical retreat center in the North Cascade mountains of Washington and home of Holden Evening Prayer, is seeking summer staff! Summer volunteer staff can serve for as little as two weeks and for as long as 3-4 months.  As a staff person, you will have access to hiking trails in the neighboring Glacier Peak Wilderness; teaching sessions from faculty that include Nadia Bolz-Weber and Alan Storey; and opportunities to create pottery, weaving, and other arts and crafts.  

Room and board are provided to all volunteer staff.  Positions are available for ages 18 and up, and options are also available for families with school-age children. Visit and check out the Short Term Staff, Key Staffing Needs, and Family Volunteers pages for a full list of open positions. We hope to see you in the Village!

PS: Interested in visiting Holden but not quite ready to volunteer? Check out to learn more about visiting Holden as a guest.

Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 4:35pm

About 300,000 American youths are trafficked for sexual exploitation, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The Portland, Oregon area is a epicenter for this West Coast activity. Join us to learn more and do something about it.

Speaker: Multnomah Co. Deputy Sheriff Brickford

Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 6:30 pm

St. Luke Lutheran Church

4595 SW California St. Portland, OR 97219

Sponsors: St. Luke Women and St. Luke Peace and Justice.

The event is appropriate for Junior High age and older.