Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 4:40pm

Join the journey!

Nearly a quarter of the world’s population lives on less than $2 a day. This Lent, ELCA World Hunger invites you to reflect, give and pray for our neighbors around the world that face this harsh reality.

During this time, we invite your congregation to dedicate a special offering or fundraiser of your choice to support ELCA World Hunger and engage in deeper dialogue and prayer on issues related to hunger and poverty with special focus on Martin Luther in this 500th Reformation anniversary year.


Join us. Check out these resources:


Daily devotions

Order a flip calendar or sign up for the digital version to be delivered to your inbox.


Lenten Study Guide

Order or download this five-week educational series that uncovers how our Lutheran faith shapes our perspective and role in seeking economic justice. A study for children is included.


Bulletin inserts

Spread the word about ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving in your congregation with this bulletin insert.

Find more resources and information at


Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 3:15pm


Leading a new health or human care focused program  (less than 3 years old)  Formerly known as Burst Grants, the Wheat Ridge Emerging Leader Grants provide up to $5,000 for one year or up to $10,000 for two years to inspired leaders. These grants are awarded to change-makers who are:

  • Between the ages of 20 and 35 years old
  • Connected to the Lutheran community
  • Domestic proposals only. International programs are acceptable if the organization is based within the U.S. GrantsPlus is the only grant program to consider proposals for organizations based outside the U.S.

Questions in developing a proposal should be directed to the Programs staff at


  • Up to $10,000 in funding for your program
  • Additional funds to participate in capacity building activities to invest in the effectiveness of the ministry
  • Free attendance to all Wheat Ridge webinars
  • Invitation to attend the annual Emerging Leader Convening, hosted and paid for by Wheat Ridge Ministries
  • Promotion and networking within the Wheat Ridge community


  • How much can I request? Applications can receive up to $5,000 over 1 year or $10,000 over 2 years. Request the amount needed to make significant change for your community.
  • What does the application include? Application includes a narrative project description, budget, and outcomes measurement plan. This is a list of questions found on the proposal application.
  • What is a health or human care project? Health and human care programs encompass the wide range of ways that communities commit to being the hands and feet of Christ in the world. From after-school programs to immigrant and refugee services, health clinics for the under-served to resources for ex-offenders, Wheat Ridge Ministries is looking for innovative projects that promote whole-person health in new and various ways.
  • What types of projects are eligible and how does the review process work? Check our Grant Proposal Review Process and Eligibility Information.
  • Will Wheat Ridge offer guidance on a program plan? Yes! Review these Starting Smart Questions and your team can also access previous webinars if guidance in specific areas is needed.
  • What types of projects have been funded in the past? Visit our Grant Directory and Emerging Leader Project Resource to see successfully funded proposals.
  • How are proposals submitted? Proposals should be submitted via the online form. Access the form by selecting “Apply Now”.
  • When are proposals reviewed? Proposals are reviewed on a rolling basis. Review the Emerging Leader Grant Award Schedule below for upcoming award dates.


Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 3:11pm

Tuesday, February 21 at 5:30pm PT/6:30pm MT/7:30pm CT/8:30pm ET. 

During this month’s webinar we will look ahead together to the 2017 year:

  • With the new federal legislative session in Washington D.C., Andrew Fuller will join us to share more about ELCA Advocacy’s priorities in 2017. Andrew currently serves as the Advocacy Coordinator for ELCA Advocacy.
  • Reformation 2017 Year – last year was ELCA World Hunger’s focus year within “Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA.” How are you planning to keep the energy and excitement present in congregations and synods? What do you have planned to continue raising awareness and working toward a just world where all are fed? Please, come ready to share your plans and ideas for ministry with ELCA World Hunger this year.


Posted on Friday, December 2, 2016 - 1:34pm

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, of which the Oregon Synod is a member, has issued the following statement:

As faith leaders, we call on Governor Kate Brown to commute all death sentences in Oregon to life without the possibility of parole.  We base this request on shared values, rooted in our religious traditions: compassion, the affirmation of human dignity and respect for all life.

Currently, 35 individuals sit on Oregon’s death row, where the state holds the legal authority to take the life of its prisoners. DNA testing has already exonerated 156 people from death rows across the country, and a motion for DNA testing was filed this month in the case of one death row inmate in our own state.

There is also the matter of fiscal responsibility. In our state, keeping a person on death row costs as much as a million dollars more than life imprisonment without parole, according to an academic study released by Lewis & Clark Law School and Seattle University. These limited funds could be shifted towards more noble purposes rooted in our religious traditions such as providing shelter to the houseless or hot meals for hungry children. 

We believe that those who break the law must be held accountable for their actions. At the same time, as faith leaders we believe in the sanctity of human life and the potential for redemption in our state’s justice system. A penalty which cannot be shown to be applied fairly and denies the sanctity of human life while removing the possibility of redemption is fundamentally at odds with our religious teachings. We petition Governor Brown to commute all death sentences as an act of grace, clemency and leadership on this morally critical issue.

The Rev. Paul Belz-Templeman
Stated Clerk, Presbytery of the Cascades

The Rev. Steve Bils
Executive Minister, American Baptist Churches of the Central Pacific Coast

The Rev. Dr. Walter John Boris
Conference Minister, Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ

The Rev. Dave Brauer-Rieke
Bishop, Oregon Synod – Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Rabbi Michael Cahana

Jan Musgrove Elfers
Executive Director, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon

The Rev. Dr. Lowell Greathouse
Mission and Ministry Coordinator, Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

The Rt. Rev. Michael Hanley
Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Oregon

Rabbi Rachel L. Joseph

Rabbi David Kosak

Imam Muhammad Najieb
Muslim Community Center of Portland

Imam Abdulah Polovina
Bosniaks Educational Center of Oregon

Wajdi Said
President and Cofounder, Muslim Educational Trust

The Most Rev. Alexander K. Sample
Archbishop, Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon

Dr. Joe Snyder
Representative, Willamette Quarterly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends

Rabbi Ariel Stone
President, Oregon Board of Rabbis; Rabbi, Congregation Shir Tikvath