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  • January 15, 2015

    LSA Member Presents to ELCA World Hunger Leadership Gathering

    Titled "Congregations for Change: We Are Church Together," the ELCA World Hunger Leadership Gathering took place in San Francisco, January 15-18, 2015. Nancy Nielsen, Deputy Director of Lutheran Social Services of Northern California, spoke to the attendees about social ministry and the fight against hunger and poverty, and being the Church together.


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  • January 9, 2015

    T.J. Cantwell Joins Member Engagement Team

    Please join us in welcoming Thomas "T.J." Cantwell to the Lutheran Services in America team. T.J. joins LSA as of January 5, 2015 as a Director of Member Engagement, reporting to Alesia Frerichs, vice president of Member Engagement. His initial areas of focus will be in supporting the new Disaster Network; managing the member database, including selecting and migrating to a new database platform; identifying federal funding opportunities for members and general support of members,...

  • January 1, 2015

    Lutheran Services in America Welcomes New Theologian in Residence

    On January 1, 2015, Lutheran Services in America (LSA) welcomes a new Theologian in Residence, Dr. Phyllis Anderson. Dr. Anderson served as president of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary from 2005 through 2013, the first woman to serve as president of a Lutheran seminary in the United States, and now has the role of President Emerita.


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  • December 17, 2014

    Senate Clears Way for ABLE Act to Become Law

    Unprecedented Passage Creates Pathway to Independence for People with Disabilities

    Lutheran Services in America (LSA) and the Lutheran Services in America Disability Network (LSA-DN) applaud the Senate passage of The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act. The overwhelming passage of the ABLE Act through both the House of Representatives and the Senate clears the way for the ABLE Act to become law with President Obama's signature. ABLE accounts will enable individuals with disabilities to live more fully integrated lives in the community and empower them to take...

  • December 8, 2014

    Rev. Kathie Bender Schwich Discusses the Northshore Merger, Health Care Mission Leaders, and the Lutheran Leadership Summit

    LSA Member Spotlight

    Rev. Kathie Bender Schwich is the Senior Vice President of Mission and Spiritual Care at Advocate Health Care, an LSA member that serves three million patients annually through its healthcare system. Kathie is responsible for overseeing the Spiritual Care Services, Clinical Pastoral Education, Music Therapy, Clinical Ethics and Volunteer Services. Advocate Health Care has been a member of LSA since its inception and has been in the news lately – they've just announced their merger with...

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