MISSION STATEMENT: With our congregation we are “called to create opportunities for all people to become devoted followers of Christ.” Together we “invite, grow, serve.”
The Global Ministries Team will do this as we pray, work, partner and participate in God’s mission around the world, using our ELCA global mission model of accompaniment. (“God’s work. Our hands.”) The scope of current ministries as well as those ministries we would like to better serve and support is reflected in our new name.
Inspired by the Biblical mandates to preach the Gospel, care for the earth, and remember the poor, the Global Ministries Team will respond to God’s love by sharing the good news of God’s saving grace in Christ; preserving and restoring creation; and serving others through care, advocacy, education, reconciliation, solidarity with those in need, and interfaith work. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. (except Lent) in the Bethlehem Room. If one of the ministries below sounds intriguing to you, come and join us!
Ascension’s Global Partners:
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA): Learn about the ELCA’s theology, traditions, and statements — and find resources on prayer and beliefs. https://www.elca.org
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service: Works to create welcoming communities for newcomers—immigrants and refugees who have been forced to leave their homes and begin anew. www.lirs.org
Other ELCA Advocacy related to immigration and refugees: Lutheran Borders Concerns Ministry, Lutheran Public Policy, CA, Publicly Engaged Church, Matthew 25 Southern California. Further immigration resources may be found through our Southwest California Synod and Grand Canyon Synod’s site.
ELCA Disaster Response: Helps to bring God’s comfort, healing and renewal to those affected by disasters, and stay to provide ongoing assistance to those in need. www.elca.org/disaster
ELCA Global Health Ministries: Continuing the healing ministry of Jesus Christ by enhancing health care programs of Lutheran Churches in other countries. Serves as a resource for Lutheran health care work overseas. https://www.ghm.org
ELCA Peace not Walls: Learn, pray and act for peace with justice in the Holy Land through the ELCA’s Peace Not Walls campaign, calling for a viable, contiguous Palestinian state; a secure Israeli state at peace with its Arab neighbors; and a shared Jerusalem with equal access and rights for Jews, Christians, and Muslims. www.elca.org/peacenotwalls
ELCA World Hunger: ELCA World Hunger is a comprehensive and sustainable program that uses multiple strategies—relief, development, education, and advocacy – to address the root causes of hunger and poverty. ELCA World Hunger responds to neighbors around the corner and around the world. www.elca.org/hunger
Lutheran Disaster Response: Our Lutheran domestic relief agency: www.elca.org/Our-Work/Relief-and-Development/Lutheran-Disaster-Response/
Lutheran World Federation: Our global communion of Christian churches in the Lutheran tradition https://www.lutheranworld.org
Lutheran World Relief – Our Lutheran international relief agency: Lutheran World Relief
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Bread for the World: A collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. By changing policies, programs and conditions that allow hunger and poverty to persist, we provide help and opportunity far beyond the communities in which we live. www.bread.org
Center for Global Education at Augsburg College in Minneapolis: Provides cross-cultural educational opportunities that foster critical analysis of local and global conditions so that personal and systemic change takes place leading to a more just and sustainable world. Programs are offered at permanent sites in Central America, Southern Africa, and Mexico and partner with organizations to create programs in other areas of the world including Bolivia and Vietnam. www.augsburg.edu/global
Churches for Middle East Peace: Is a coalition of 23 public policy offices of national churches and agencies – Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant. CMEP began its work in 1984 out of the conviction that the policy perspectives and long Middle East experience of our member bodies should be more widely known in the public policy arena. We therefore seek to maintain an on-going dialogue with Congress, the Administration and the diplomatic community, to advance such concerns, assessments, and advocacy positions.www.cmep.org
Ecumenical Advocacy Days: is a movement of the ecumenical Christian community, and its recognized partners and allies, grounded in biblical witness and our shared traditions of justice, peace and the integrity of creation. Our goal, through worship, theological reflection and opportunities for learning and witness, is to strengthen our Christian voice and to mobilize for advocacy on a wide variety of U.S. domestic and international policy issues.www.elca.org/advocacy
Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent Builds: Seeks to eliminate poverty, housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. www.habitat.org/ www.thriventbuilds.com
Jubilee USA Network: Jubilee USA Network is an alliance of more than 75 US organizations, 400 faith communities and 50 Jubilee global partners. Jubilee is building an economy that serves, protects and promotes participation of the most vulnerable. Jubilee has won critical global financial reforms and more than $130 billion in debt relief for the world’s poorest. Pastor Steve serves as the secretary of the Jubilee USA Network Board of Directors. www.jubileeusa.org
ONE: A grassroots campaign and advocacy organization backed by more than 2 million people who are committed to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. Cofounded by Bono and other campaigners, ONE is nonpartisan and works closely with African policy makers and activists. web1.one.org/us/
Operation World: The primary purpose of Operation World is daily prayer for the nations. www.operationworld.org
World in Prayer: Prays for the needs of the world. worldinprayer.org/
Lutherans Restoring Creation: www.lutheransrestoringcreation.org/
Young Adults in Global Mission: www.elca.org/yagm
Lutheran Peace Fellowship: www.lutheranpeace.org
Pico International-Rwanda: picointernational.org/rwanda/