The Upper Susquehanna Synod is one of 65 synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. We are clustered into Region 8 along with seven other synods in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, and Delaware. The ELCA came into being on January 1, 1988, as three Lutheran churches merged to formed the new church body. Those three entities were The American Lutheran Church, the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches and the Lutheran Church in America.
Now more than 25 years later, the ELCA is a church that shares a living, daring confidence in God’s grace. As members of the ELCA, we believe that we are freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. With our hands, we do God’s work of restoring and reconciling communities in Jesus Christ’s name throughout the world.
We trace our roots back through the mid-17th century, when early Lutherans came to America from Europe, settling in the Virgin Islands and the area that is now known as New York. Even before that, Martin Luther sought reform for the church in the 16th century, laying the framework for our beliefs. For more on the ELCA, click here: http://elca.org
Here is the ELCA’s strategic planning document: Called Forward Strategic Directions
Here are links to several related entities:
- Augsburg Fortress Publishing House: www.augsburgfortress.org
- ELCA Foundation: www.elca.org/foundation
- Living Lutheran Magazine: www.livinglutheran.org
- United Lutheran Seminary (Gettysburg and Philadelphia): www.UnitedLutheranSeminary.edu
- Mission Investment Fund: www.elca.org/MIF
- Portico Benefit Services: www.elcabop.org
- Thrivent Financial for Lutherans: www.thrivent.com