Prairie Wind 

Evangelical Lutheran Parish


 

212 N Eisenhower

Junction City, KS 66441

785-238-6567


Sunday Worship 11:00am

Coffee Fellowship

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Children's Time during Worship


Marion Hill Evangelical Lutheran Church

1809 B. Ave.

White City, KS 66872


785-482-3830


Sunday Worship 9:00am

Sunday School for children: 10:30 am







Dear friends in Christ,                                          



During the first week of August chosen members of the ELCA, representing every region of the US, gathered for the Churchwide Assembly. As part of the assembly, those gathered voted to designate the ELCA a "sanctuary churchbody." Over the next several days, news organizations picked up the story; the coverage was mostly vague. I was asked about it on the following Sunday and was not equipped to answer questions. However, I promised that I would find someone who could. The following letter was written by Pastor Andrew Lewis. Pastor Lewis serves as pastor of Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Macon, GA. There are many letter similar to this on the internet.

 

Fox News aired a short panel discussion on the Churchwide Assembly's decision. This piece has made the usual social media rounds, and I write to you today in hopes of addressing any concerns that might be raised by the segment.


After repeated viewings of the Fox News segment, I can state definitively that Fox News misreported the facts both about the ELCA's position and about undocumented immigrants. Fox News did not have a representative from the ELCA on the panel and implied that ELCA congregations would simply ignore US law. This is not true. One of their guests also implied that undocumented migrants carry disease and pose a public health risk. This is also not true.

The ELCA's designation as a "sanctuary churchbody" means that our denomination will continue to support refugees as they are resettled in the US through our partnership with Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, provide legal assistance to immigrants pursuing their legally-protected right to seek asylum, and ensuring that undocumented immigrants are aware of their rights under US law. Moreover, it means that the ELCA will continue to advocate for just and humane treatment of detained immigrants, such as calling for adequate housing at detainment centers and accompanying minors through immigration court as part of the ELCA's AMMPARO program.

Congregations that have the resources to do so may provide food, shelter, and financial assistance to migrants in need. Finally, it also means that the ELCA will speak out against xenophobia, racism, and fear-mongering against all people.


You may notice that these are long-standing ELCA practices. Ours is an immigrant faith: transplanted from Europe into the US and Caribbean by wandering Germans, Swedes, Norwegians, and Danes. These immigrant communities maintained their customs in this new country and shaped the ELCA as it is today. After World War II, one in six Lutherans was either displaced or a refugee. And over the years, our faith has become more diverse, made up of Lutherans from Central and South America, Africa, India, the Middle East, and every corner of the map. On a typical Sunday, Lutherans in the ELCA worship in more than thirty different languages.    

            

(Cont’d from page 1) Because we are the spiritual heirs to a wandering Aramean, roving Germans and Danes, and displaced Christians from across the globe, our denomination has long been committed to welcoming the stranger. We do so in the belief that what we do unto the least of these, our sisters and brothers, we do unto Christ himself.

 

The Churchwide Assembly's actions, then, re-commit us to this long tradition.

It is my hope that pastor Andrew’s words help to clarify the actions of the assembly. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask me directly. I will share what I know and if I can not answer your questions I will find someone who can.       Peace, Pastor Anita

Visit ELCA.org/sanctuarychurch to learn more 


“I  have no use for cranks who despise music, because it is a gift of God. Music drives away the Devil and makes people joyful; they forget thereby all wrath, unchastity, arrogance, and the like. Next after theology, I give to music the highest place and the greatest honor. “                                                                                                                                           ~Martin Luther 1483-1546


Mission Statement
We have benefited greatly from the gifts of God's love, peace and joy through Jesus Christ.  In grateful response we seek to share these same gifts with others, inviting all people seeking meaning, purpose, and community to a new life in Christ. 

See more of our beliefs and practices at www.elca.org