The 2008 Presidential Election


This excerpt was included in our November 9, 2008 Sunday morning worship bulletin.  It is from a statement by the Reverend Mark S. Hanson, ELCA Presiding Bishop.   

We look to the future as a nation troubled by economic crisis and continuing wars.  Such complex realities call for both humility and ingenuity.  In the midst of these challenges, we as Lutherans also look to the future as a community of faith and a people of hope.  We bring to the public square a longstanding and effective commitment to serve our neighbors and a conviction that government is instrumental in God’s purpose for humanity when public officials work for justice, peace, order and the common good.  Scripture is clear about what should matter to us as Christians in public life:  hospitality to strangers, concern for people in poverty, peace-making and care for creation. 

The complete statement can be found at 


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