In 2019 and 2020, the ELCA is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the church’s decision to ordain women, the 40th anniversary of the ordination of women of color and the 10th anniversary of the church’s decision to remove barriers to ministry for persons in publicly accountable, lifelong, monogamous same-gender relationships. Congregations are encouraged to recognize and honor these anniversaries throughout the year. Resources, including Bible studies, banners, worship materials and more, are available.

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