Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,
Welcome to the European American Lutheran Association website. We are Lutherans of European descent committed to living out our Gospel calling to end the hold racism and white power and privilege have on the ELCA. Please browse our pages for resources (for individuals and groups), events, and support. You can also reach here at www.crossculturalchurch.org.
The EALA is one of the ELCA's six ethnic associations. Our sister associations focus on strengthening their ministries and communities. In the EALA, as inheritors of privilege, we focus on giving a visible and nameable witness to an anti-racist, cross-cultural church. The ELCA's ethnic associations accompany each other on the journey to Jesus' vision of a church of all peoples.
Please feel free to contact me anytime for questions or concerns.
Pr Fred Thomas-Breitfeld
The European American Lutheran Association is one of six ethnic associations in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. I know, it seems strange, for white folks to think of themselves as ethnic.
Perhaps you remember the days of German, Swedish and Norwegian associations - now that's ethnic. Finish, Slovak, Lithuanian. And of course, Polish, Italian, Irish. But white isn't ethnic, is it?
Recently, EALA Board Member, Pastor Mark Cerniglia traveled with the Rev. Sherman Hicks and the Rev. Pongsak Limthongviratn to the Seventh Asian Lutheran International Conference, January 25 – February 1, 2011, Pattaya, Thailand. Pastor Cerniglia is the EALA liaison to the Asian and Pacific Islander Association and is responsible for his own travel expenses.
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For the first time in history, the American Indian and Alaska Native Association (ANAI) and the European American Lutheran Association (EALA), two of the ELCA’s six ethnic associations held their Biennial Conferences together October 18-21 at the Minneapolis suburb of Prior Lake. ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson was the guest preacher at their Thursday evening opening worship.