Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

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Alternate Names: Lutheran World Ministries, Office on World Community, American Lutheran Church, Lutheran Church in America, Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches
Duration: 1964 - 1965, 1971 - 1988
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Newsletter: Dateline: Namibia
Namibia Update
Observations from Namibia
Women in Namibia


The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) was formed in 1987 by the merger of the American Lutheran Church, the Lutheran Church in America, and the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches. The Office on World Community was established in 1973 as a joint project of the National Committee of the Lutheran World Federation (USANC) and the Lutheran Council in the U.S.A., to inform USANC members of world community needs, events, and issues and U.N. activities. In 1977, the Lutheran World Ministries (LWM) was established as the successor body of the (USANC). LWM was a joint agency of the Lutheran Church in America, the American Lutheran Church, and the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches. Its programs focused on world mission, theological and social study, volunteer service, publicity and communication, and international scholarship exchange. The Directors were Edward C. May (1973-1984) and Ralston H. Deffenbaugh, Jr. (1985-1987). LWM/Office on World Community supported the struggle for independence for Namibia and against apartheid in South Africa and worked with and provided assistance to the South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) and U.S. and international organizations against apartheid. In 1987, LWM was terminated with the establishment of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The issues of Nambia Update and Dateline: Namibia on this website were digitized from a collection borrowed from the ELCA Archives. The ELCA Archives also provided the movie A Cry for Freedom.

Organizational Archive


Title: Lutheran World Ministries, Office on World Community - Namibia Files
Time Span: 1964 - 1965, 1971 - 1988
Media: 31 Boxes
Description: Files contain correspondence, memoranda, reports, minutes, statements, resolutions, publications, news releases, and news clippings regarding the involvement in working for Namibian independence and against the apartheid system in South Africa. Topics of interest relate to human rights violations in South Africa and specifically Namibia; staff and other organizations' visitations to South Africa; consultations and conferences regarding South African apartheid; assistance to the South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO); U.S. divestment from South Africa; United Nations' actions and involvement in Namibia; and work with and assistance to other U.S. and international organizations against apartheid.
Housed At: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Archives
Location: 321 Bonnie Lane, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007, United States
Catalog/Finding Aid: view
Phone: (847) 690-9410
Reference Email: archives@elca.org
Related Website: http://www.elca.org/archives/