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February 2016:

MULTICULTURAL CONGREGATIONS. The Pew Research Center reports that members of the ELCA are more than 90 percent white. Yet there are several multicultural congregations in the ELCA that are thriving, many of them new ministries. Readers will hear from members and leaders at multicultural congregations in the church and learn ways to embrace/invite diversity in their own contexts.


Contact Erin Strybis by November 1, 2015 with your questions or suggestions about this cover story.

March 2016:

WELCOME. We talk about church as a place where “all are welcome,” but just how do we welcome? Readers are asked to participate by sending in stories about how they were—or weren’t—welcomed at church.


Contact Megan Brandsrud by December 1, 2016 with your questions or suggestions about this cover story.

April 2016:

WATER. Water as gift, water as a life-giving commodity. Water is our basic source of life, but also a reason for war. Water is a means of grace. With the spring thaw and in honor of Earth Day, the magazine will explore and uncover our appreciation for the gift of water.


Contact Julie B. Sevig by January 1, 2016 with your questions or suggestions about this cover story.

May 2016:

VOCATION. This cover story celebrates the vocations of the baptized, in all their diversity. Readers are asked to participate by sending brief answers to these questions about life in their workplace: How do you see your work connected with your faith? How does your faith inform your serving in your position? What are the greatest ethical dilemmas you live with in this vocation?


Contact Julie B. Sevig by February 1, 2016 with your questions or suggestions about this cover story.

June 2016:

HEALTH. Is religion good for your health? According to studies, religion is seen as a way to have sustained happiness throughout your life.


Contact Megan Brandsrud by March 1, 2016 with your questions or suggestions about this cover story.

July 2016:

GLOBAL CHURCH. The ELCA is a member of the Lutheran World Federation, a global community of more than 70 million Lutherans in 79 countries. Many of these churches are fast growing and deeply engaged in outreach. This article will take readers on a tour around the world, highlighting what ELCA members can learn from the successes of our global neighbors as we all seek to bring people to Christ.


Contact Erin Strybis by April 1, 2016 with your questions or suggestions about this cover story.

August 2016:

COMMUNITY ORGANIZING AS MISSION. Even using community organizing language is a dramatic shift for many people. Why are organizers teaching people to be “power hungry” and to “agitate” others, calling it the most “loving” thing they can do? Community organizers want us to clarify our self-interests and faith values, but for many that’s the opposite of Christian humility and selfless service. Theologian Ray Pickett examines community organizing through the lens of the gospel.


Contact Julie B. Sevig by May 1, 2016 with your questions or suggestions about this cover story.

September 2016:

CHURCHWIDE ASSEMBLY. The ELCA’s top decision-making body now gathers every three years to set the course for the denomination. Look for complete coverage of action from the gathering, set for Aug. 8-13 in New Orleans.


Contact Melissa Ramirez Cooper by June 1, 2016 with your questions or suggestions about this cover story.

October 2016:

CIVIL DISCOURSE. During campaign and election season, it can get pretty disheartening for anyone who longs for a mature discussion or dialogue on important matters. How can civility be perceived as a strength and compromise, not as a failure?


Contact Melissa Ramirez Cooper by July 1, 2016 with your questions or suggestions about this cover story.

November 2016:

HUNGER. Demographers from several universities and the United Nations conclude that the current world population of 7.3 billion is expected to reach 11.2 billion in 2100. Will there be enough resources to go around? ELCA World Hunger leaders and others say yes; hunger isn’t caused by scarcity, it’s caused by inequality. What are the systems of inequality that cause world hunger? How are Lutherans responding?


Contact Erin Strybis by August 1, 2016 with your questions or suggestions about this cover story.

December 2016:

NONTRADITIONAL. Where and how is church happening outside of the church building? Readers are asked to participate by submitting examples of how they are worshiping in nontraditional ways or places.


Contact Megan Brandsrud by September 1, 2016 with your questions or suggestions about this cover story.

January 2017:

REFORMATION. As we approach the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the Latin phrase Ecclesia semper reformanda est (the church is always to be reformed) coined by Swiss Reformed theologian Karl Barth comes to mind. Is the ELCA still a reforming church? Readers of the ELCA’s flagship publication will be invited in August to offer 300-word responses to the question: What do we need to reform?


Contact Erin Strybis by October 1, 2016 with your questions or suggestions about this cover story.

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