The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is a fascinating and diverse church body. The mission of the church is, in it’s own words, “Marked with the cross of Christ forever, we are claimed, gathered and sent for the sake of the world. This is the mission statement of the ELCA. 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’ name throughout the world.” We experience and engage the world in different and various ways but together we share the life, love, and joy of Jesus Christ with others as people of the ELCA.
In the coming weeks we hope to share the thoughts and stories of some of our people here at St. Peter’s and how we, as the people of God marked with the cross of Christ forever, are claimed, gathered, and sent. To begin though we thought we would share this fascinating interview from Living Lutheran. ‘“I’m a Lutheran” is a monthly profile featuring ELCA members around the world. The profiles showcase ELCA members in all their diversity, connecting one another through individual faith stories as Lutherans.” The “I’m a Lutheran” interview this month is with Khadijah Islam, a Junior psychology major at the University of Wisconsin—La Crosse. The interview provides a fascinating perspective on the church, what it means to be Lutheran, and the perspective of one of the many and various people who are part of the ELCA. We hope that you enjoy this article and if you’d like to let us know what it means to you to be a part of St. Peter’s or the ELCA or the church or even the world in general let us know!