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'Chasm is huge' Poverty unpeeled

'Chasm is huge'

Advocacy gives voice to the often-voiceless poor

'God left me here' Poverty unpeeled

'God left me here'

In this West Virginia community, poverty runs an unspeakable 23 percent

'I pray for them all the time' Poverty unpeeled

'I pray for them all the time'

Houston congregation helps homeless teens

80,000 pounds isn't enough Poverty unpeeled

80,000 pounds isn't enough

ELCA member lost his job and began a potato project

A glimpse of what's happening at home Poverty unpeeled

A glimpse of what's happening at home

Facing unprecedented need, Lutherans refuse to blink

A welcoming place Poverty unpeeled

A welcoming place

Illinois congregation offers familiar foods and a family of faith

Can we identify with the good Samaritan? Poverty unpeeled

Can we identify with the good Samaritan?

Jesus' parable can tell us a lot about poverty and wealth 

Facing enormous need Poverty unpeeled

Facing enormous need

Arizona café offers homecooking and care for those in need

Filling the gap in the suburbs Poverty unpeeled

Filling the gap in the suburbs

In Minnesota, phones are ringing off the hook at the Community Resource Center

Home to mega-shelter Poverty unpeeled

Home to mega-shelter

Members who once fumed about the idea now pull the overnight shifts

Leave your wallet at home Poverty unpeeled

Leave your wallet at home

In Appalachia, Lutherans helped launch a volunteer-run thrift store

New life on a floodplain Poverty unpeeled

New life on a floodplain

Squash, corn and beans grow on what was a painful scar

Nutritious eating starts early Poverty unpeeled

Nutritious eating starts early

Teaching grade-schoolers to create and love nutritious meals

Where family helps family Poverty unpeeled

Where family helps family

Pastor's advice: Genuinely be there for people

Features

Agnes would have said 'yes' Congregations

Agnes would have said 'yes'

... to a baptism and a funeral

Dollar by dollar ELCA Youth Gathering

Dollar by dollar

... drives them toward New Orleans

Everyday miracles in Slovakia Europe

Everyday miracles in Slovakia

Lutheran school finds success and struggle

Getting seafarers paid Justice

Getting seafarers paid

How a 48-hour partnership resolved families' suffering

Kidney exchange Features

Kidney exchange

Donor and recipient now 'more like family than friends'

Singing a new song Music

Singing a new song

Lutheran artists at the 2012 Youth Gathering

So vets can be 'At Ease' Military

So vets can be 'At Ease'

Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska cares for the wounds you can't see

Pass the faith

Explicit content Pass the faith

Explicit content

Faith frames conversations about pornography

Tried & true

Common Sense Media Tried & true

Common Sense Media

Nonpartisan site reviews films, TV shows, sites, apps and games

Two months out

Congregation 'improvises' with Sunday school Two months out

Congregation 'improvises' with Sunday school

Florida church has a history of creative worship

Good one!

Summer sack lunches Good one!

Summer sack lunches

Georgia congregation's reach is county-wide

Deeper understandings

Four questions ... Deeper understandings

Four questions ...

about how the American context has shaped Lutherans and the ELCA

Faces

Photo sparks effort to rein in rabies in Africa Faces

Photo sparks effort to rein in rabies in Africa

Iowa Lutheran begins foundation to reduce the spread of the disease in Kenya

Youngchurch

Buzz off mosquitoes Youngchurch

Buzz off mosquitoes

Wisconsin congregation raises money for ELCA Malaria Campaign

Web exclusives

Vacation Bible or Sunday school, Tanganyika-style Web exclusive

Vacation Bible or Sunday school, Tanganyika-style

In 1962, Tanzania was still named Tanganyika


Columnists

Elements of the Lord's day:

The windup

News

Departments

Accompaniers in Colombia

Bullying and free expression

Churches as global citizens

Churches tread lightly on politics during election year

Crisis affects churches

Diving into '100 wells'

Drought-stricken in West Africa

ELCA Malaria Campaign

French Protestants merge

Islamic leaders & polio

Justice for women

Lady Gaga a draw

Latvian leader dies

Leaning silo of N.D.

Lutherans care for the poor

NCC hires change consultant

Patriarchy panned

PLU women win World Series

Poll gives nod to queen

Poll tracks 'new normal'

Pope pushes doctrine

Quote: Justin Duckworth

Quote: Mitt Romney

Quote: Patrick Blessington

Religious persecution report

Shipping hymnals

Softball league calls a foul

Statement has faculty fleeing

Taizé meets in Chicago

UMC stance unchanged

Washington governor: 'Service first, leadership second'

Best this month: In the Garden

Best this month: Last Call at the Oasis
Film portrays the essential nature of water

Best this month: Simple Faith: Moving Beyond Religion as We Know It to Grow in Your Relationship with God

Higher education: Nieman named president of LSTC, Sherrens elected president of Newberry, and more …

Letters: Domestic abuse article strikes a few chords
God language, reading teacher, inactives, year dates draw choice words

Light Side: Ice cream wisdom

Synod assemblies: Burkat and Tiemann re-elected

Synod assemblies: Mission, marriage and more

E-newsletter: Celebrating citizenship

Commentary: Honor thy mothers and fathers

E-newsletter: Hot dish and healing

E-newsletter: Immature faith

E-newsletter: Inner Work

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