The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Cover story

A truly political liturgy Cover story

A truly political liturgy

Our weekly worship is more socially relevant than we imagine

Complaints & suggestions Cover story

Complaints & suggestions

The Lutheran's readers weigh in on improving worship

Cover story

More reader views

Additional responses to the reader call regarding worship

Worship wishes & woes Cover story

Worship wishes & woes

Readers respond to what they want, need in worship


A year after Features

A year after

The 35W bridge collapse, Ron Engebretsen says, 'God continues to be gracious to us'

Black & white in the ELCA Features

Black & white in the ELCA

An e-mail conversation about race

Dreams of '63 Features

Dreams of '63

Retired pastors recall march to Washington and King's speech

Liturgical boot camp Features

Liturgical boot camp

Kentucky congregation hires expert to fine-tune worship leading

Marriage matters Features

Marriage matters

Love is not enough. Justice must be added for a union to thrive.

Synod does a self-study Features

Synod does a self-study

Sierra Pacific's process reveals key concerns and bishop's 'tough job'

Working makes it hard to work for a just marriage Features

Working makes it hard to work for a just marriage


A vote for outdoors Faces

A vote for outdoors

Conservation is a legislator's passion

Spreading good health Faces

Spreading good health

Peanut butter makes a difference.


Who are you wearing? Youngchurch

Who are you wearing?

Minnesota youth begin T-shirt ministry to spread the good news.

Web exclusives

The way we were: 1947 Web exclusive

The way we were: 1947


Worship whys:




'You welcome me'

A new kind of camp

Accessibility awards given

Ancient church found

Can money buy happiness?

Car mission's success grows

Deaconesses re-elect Keffer

Facts & figures: ELCA Global Mission

From Iraq to Nebraska

Grant to restore film

Hanson visits Tanzania, Kenya

How's your garden grow?

Iowa Lutherans hit by floods

Jewish men: A minority?

Knitting for a bishop

Kudos to women's group

Norway OKs gay marriage

Paper cranes for soldiers

Planning for disasters

Point & click

Poll: Most in U.S. not dogmatic

Presbyterian ranks thin

Presbyterians OK gay clergy

Presence on Facebook


Rebates to churches

Resource for pastoral care

Theologian Reumann dies

Tonsure time

Vatican faults literalism

Young Lutherans start network

Best practices: Ministry teams
Are they just a fad ... or fundamental?

Best this month: Faith and Human Rights and WALL.E

Higher education: Capital sends volunteer medical team to Mexico, Carthage physics majors study moon dust with NASA, and more

Letters: Sticklers for the word
Readers take issue with mustard plant article

Light Side: Liturgical levity

Mission voices: Change happens one life at a time
Beatrice, in Uganda, reminds us of this

Reflection: Hitting the water
I'm testing myself and my faith

Synod assemblies: Bishop elections

Synod assemblies: Book of Faith tops assembly discussions

E-newsletter: A spirituality that 'flowers in eternity'

E-newsletter: Death, resurrection & 'Bampa'

E-newsletter: Shall we dance?

E-newsletter: When we ask why

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February issue


Embracing diversity