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Called to be Political (But I Don't Want to be Political)

A resource from Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Please join us for these two Sacramento events

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The Public Christian: The Calling and Vocation of Christians and the Church in Public Life

Free Public Lecture by

Rev. Dr. R. Guy Erwin, Bishop,

Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in America

Sunday, June 22nd at 4pm
St. John's Lutheran Church, 1701 L St., Sacramento

Reception following—RSVP's and donation requested for reception.
For more informatoin and to RSVP for the reception, contact Mark Carlson, director@loppca.org or 916-548-3056.


You're invited to a Prayer Breakfast and Conversation with

Rev. Dr. R. Guy Erwin, Bishop,

Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in America, on the occasion of
LGBT Pride Ceremony at the Capitol.


Hosted by St John’s Lutheran Church and the Lutheran
Office of Public Policy—California

St. John’s Lutheran Church (916) 444-0874 or
Mark Carlson, Lutheran Office of Public Policy—California, director@loppca.org (916) 548-3056

Rev. Dr. Erwin was elected bishop in 2013 after serving at California Lutheran University since 2000, where he held an endowed chair in Lutheran confessional theology and served as director for the Segerhammar Center for Faith and Culture.

Prior to his recent ordination and election as bishop, Dr. Erwin served as a teaching theologian for the ELCA Conference of Bishops. He has an undergraduate degree in history from Harvard, two master’s degrees and a doctorate from Yale, and was a graduate Fulbright Scholar in Germany. He is the only American Lutheran on the 120-member Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches.

Following the ELCA Churchwide Assembly action of 2009 allowing greater inclusion of clergy regardless of sexual orientation, Dr. Erwin was ordained as a pastor in the ELCA. He and his partner Rob Flynn are members of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in North Hollywood.

Housing: A legislative priority for 2014:

Give thanks for the passage of Prop. 41 on the June ballot, providing resources for housing for veterans.

See the Secretary of State’s website for detailed election results, and information on November ballot measures. [www.sos.ca.gov]

Plan now for fall forums on ballot propositions.

Photos Mutual Housing at the Highlands
Mutual Housing at the Highlands, permanent supportive housing at the former McClellan AFB in North Highlands. Primarily for individuals who have been homeless, Lutheran Social Services of Northern California provides on-site social services.  This development received an exceptionally high score from Build it Green.

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The Rev. John Simmons Courtyard at LA Family Housing’s Palo Verde Gardens, a LEED certified “green” apartment building with solar electricity, providing permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless people in Sun Valley, California.

A Great Day—Hunger Action Day, May 21!

Photo of Calif Hunger Action Day Team outside office of Darryl Steinberg Photo of Calif Hunger Action Day team with Ken Cooley
A California Hunger Action Day team including the Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer Network (LEVN - The Belfry UC Davis Campus Ministry), Wellspring Women’s Center, and River City Food Bank outside the office of Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg A Hunger Action Day group including LEVN, Lutheran Church of the Incarnation in Davis, and River City Food Bank were inspired by Rancho Cordova Assemblymember Ken Cooley’s (seated) commitment to public service. Cooley chairs the Assembly Select Committee on Foster Care.

Help our California neighbors in need! Access state and federal programs and services for financial, food, and employment aid, support for education, and other resources at www.weconnect.net.

ELCA World Hunger

Responding to Christ's call to "Go and do likewise"

You can make a life-saving difference! Give to ELCA World Hunger.

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ELCA World Hunger is a comprehensive and sustainable program that uses multiple strategies—relief and development, education, community organizing and advocacy—to address the root causes of hunger and poverty. ELCA World Hunger responds to neighbors around the corner and around the world.