Kathryn Wolford, president of Lutheran World Relief, visited West Africa in early September to see firsthand the effects of chronic food deficits in Niger and to offer additional assistance to partner agencies there. LWR is the overseas relief and development ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod.
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina received enough votes during the conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI to have blocked the pontiff’s election, according to a detailed report published in Italy.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency intends to reimburse religious groups that have offered relief to victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, marking a new step in the White House’s faith-based initiative.
In a four-year financial and volunteer alliance to increase affordable housing, Habitat for Humanity International and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans have announced a $100 million agreement that includes $5 million to help rebuild homes in the Gulf Coast area.
Chris Glaser, a longtime advocate in Presbyterian circles for ordination of openly gay and lesbian pastors, was ordained this month in Decatur, Georgia, as interim pastor of a congregation affiliated with the gay-oriented Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches.