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Craig Satterlee elected bishop of ELCA North/West Lower Michigan Synod
CHICAGO (ELCA) -- The Rev. Craig Alan Satterlee was elected May 21
to serve a six-year term as bishop of the North/West Lower Michigan Synod
of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). He was elected on
the fifth ballot during the synod assembly May 19-21 in Lansing, Mich.
“The church has done something bold by electing as bishop someone
who has a disability and is legally blind. The playbook hasn’t been
written yet, but the church and the world will take notice. This ...
Two ELCA synod bishops re-elected for second terms
CHICAGO (ELCA) -- The Rev. Michael W. Rinehart and the Rev. David H.
Brauer-Rieke were re-elected to serve second six-year terms as synod
bishops in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
Rinehart, bishop of the ELCA Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod, was
re-elected on the first ballot during the synod assembly May 16-18 in
Navasota, Texas. He was first elected in 2007. Prior to becoming bishop
he served as pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Conroe, Texas, from 1997
Brian Kirby Unti elected bishop of ELCA Northwest Washington Synod
CHICAGO (ELCA) -- The Rev. Brian Kirby Unti, Renton, Wash., was
elected May 18 to a six-year term as bishop of the Northwest Washington
Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Unti was
elected on the fourth ballot during the synod assembly May 16-18 in
“I am overwhelmed and humbled, and I look forward to the future with
great anticipation,” said Unti, who serves as pastor of St. Matthew
Lutheran Church in Renton.
Unti was elected on the...
ELCA offers prayers, worship resources for survivors of spring storms
CHICAGO (ELCA) -- The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
has made worship resources available May 21 in response to recent severe
storms across the Midwest. Through Lutheran Disaster Response, ELCA
members and congregations are supporting tornado survivors in partnership
with local Lutheran affiliates and ELCA synods.
In a letter to congregations the Rev. Michael K. Girlinghouse,
bishop of the ELCA Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod, asked members to pray for
Robert Schaefer elected bishop of ELCA Florida-Bahamas Synod
CHICAGO (ELCA) -- The Rev. Robert G. Schaefer, Venice, Fla., was
elected May 4 to a six-year term as bishop of the Florida-Bahamas Synod
of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Schaefer was
elected on the sixth ballot during the synod assembly May 2-4 in Orlando,
“I am deeply grateful for the confidence that our assembly has
placed in me in this call to serve as their bishop,” said Schaefer, who
serves as lead pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran in Venice.