The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Cover story

'Cleaning' membership rolls Outreach

'Cleaning' membership rolls

Updates and outreach go together

Inactive members Outreach

Inactive members

What do we do with them?

Meaning + belonging = participation Outreach

Meaning + belonging = participation

Groups give an entry point

Reaching inactives at Easter and Christmas Outreach

Reaching inactives at Easter and Christmas

12 ways to make a lasting connection

Turning full circle Outreach

Turning full circle

... after 10 years away

Special report

ELCA senior living sparks imaginations Seniors

ELCA senior living sparks imaginations

Art and drama programs help those with Alzheimer's and dementia share their memories

It's smart to 'Be Well' Seniors

It's smart to 'Be Well'

This S.C. Lutheran retirement community strengthens seniors


A coat of many colors Congregations

A coat of many colors

Congregation, synod wrap a needy community in care

A resurrection story Congregations

A resurrection story

As one church closes, another rises from the ashes

Lessons from improv Congregations

Lessons from improv

Carrying your ministry team through conflict

They keep watch Middle East

They keep watch

Accompaniers walk with those who seek peace, not walls, in Palestine

Today is the day Easter

Today is the day

Start living like you have nothing to lose

Pass the faith

The faith of boys Pass the faith

The faith of boys

Parents can help their sons tap into spirituality

Two months out

Feeding the community's kids Two months out

Feeding the community's kids

Congregation takes the lead

Tried & true

Make a slingshot Tried & true

Make a slingshot

With prudent supervision, it can bring the story of David and Goliath to life

Good one!

Undie Sunday Good one!

Undie Sunday

Congregations collect bare necessities for those in need

Deeper understandings

Sacraments Deeper understandings


Holy, divine promises joined to physical elements of water, food


A puppy's journey includes a stop at church Faces

A puppy's journey includes a stop at church

Member of Ohio congregation trains service animals


Getting down and dirty Youngchurch

Getting down and dirty

Children commemorate Rogation Sunday with crafts

Web exclusives

<I>The Little Lutheran</I>, then and now The way we were: 1952 and 2012

The Little Lutheran, then and now

Two different issues, 60 years apart


10 Bible stories that breathe life:

An incognito Lord



Keeping peace in Libya

'God' gone from logo

2012 Accessibility Award: Apply now

A safe place

AFP developer honored

An apology for Obama

Bergquist honored

Christian state debated

Churches, not countries, unite

Crackdown in Congo

Deported for killings

ELCA, LCMS leaders talk

ELCA, NALC leaders meet

ELCA, Vatican leaders meet

Euthanasia in Europe

Evangelical growth in France

Extremism fears in Cameroon

Finnish church apologizes

Food costs in Egypt

For the record: 904 congregations take first votes to leave ELCA

Funeral changes in Japan

Innkeepers to pay

Leader deplores killings

Lenten reminders

Lutherans want answers

LWF aids South Sudan

Medical tourism package


Quote: Michelle Obama

Raheb receives peace prize

Religious ID change

Southern Baptist Convention keeps name

Splinter groups keep cleaving mainline Protestant churches

Split on mandate

Task force to 're-envisionand restructure' the NCC

Theologian Danker dies

Best this month: Awaken Your Senses: Exercises for Exploring the Wonder of God

Best this month: Room Enough for Daisy

Best this month: Thurgood
Film highlights his humanity

Higher education: Krise named PLU president and more …

Letters: Liturgy articles on target and timely
Readers take a range of views, mostly dim, of specifics in other stories

Light Side: You're close ...
Easter humor from our readers

Synod assemblies: Here I ride
Minneapolis Area Synod receives a special visitor at its assembly

Synod assemblies: Svennungsen elected synod bishop

E-newsletter: In Jesus' name

E-newsletter: In praise of work-arounds

E-newsletter: Invited into their lives

E-newsletter: Name tags

E-newsletter: We miss you when you're not here

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Embracing diversity