The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with nearly 3.3 million members in more than 8,900 worshiping communities across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region.
What ELCA believes
We are church
We are Lutheran
We are church together
We are church for the sake of the world
At Lutheran World Relief, we envision a future where all people, in every corner of the world can live full, dignified lives. Our goal is to help people build self‐sufficiency and create new community‐owned approaches to problem‐solving that will last long after our projects end.
Affirming God’s love for all people, we work with Lutherans and partners around the world to end poverty, injustice and human suffering.
A healthy world forever flourishing in dignity and justice.
Inclusive: Diversity and differences only make us stronger.
Disruptive: By challenging convention, we innovate and maximize the good we can do in the world.
Interconnected: Complex problems require comprehensive, integrated solutions. Our array of expertise, resources and networks makes possible the impossible.
Agile: Because the world changes rapidly, we move at the speed of change.
Since 1939, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) has provided welcome and hope to more than three quarters of a million refugees. We are transforming lives and empowering New Americans with support and resources to begin anew.
Our legacy of compassionate service has made a difference in the lives of more than 750,000 people who have sought safety and hope in America’s communities. Our history reflects our own deep immigrant roots and passionate commitment to welcoming newcomers, especially those who are most in need.