The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is one of the
largest Christian denominations in the United States, with nearly 3.3
million members in more than 8,900 worshiping communities across the
50 states, Caribbean and U.S. Virgin Islands. With a vision to live in
a world experiencing the difference God’s grace and love in Christ
makes for all people and creation, the ELCA strives to be a welcoming,
thriving and connected church that introduces people to Jesus so they
can discover community, justice and love.
The Lutheran Center
(national office) is located in Chicago, Illinois. A staff of 400,
under the leadership of the Presiding Bishop, serve as administrators,
advisors, conveners, partners, and resource people for the ELCA and
its ministries. Staff lead the work of national, domestic, and global
ministries and programs including Lutheran Disaster Response, ELCA
World Hunger, Service & Justice, Christian Community and
Leadership, and Innovation. We are also home to five of our separately
incorporated ministries: The Mission Investment Fund of the ELCA,
Women of the ELCA, Lutheran Men in Mission, the ELCA Foundation and
the ELCA Federal Credit Union.
POSITION SUMMARY: THIS POSITION IS LOCATED IN ARIZONA
Through the support of ELCA World Hunger, ELCA Witness in Society
advocacy activity works in partnership with statewide advocacy
ministry networks across the United States to end hunger by engaging
directly with local, state and national governments and equipping
people of faith to seek justice through advocacy. Each office relates
to the synods in their state and works closely with hunger leaders and
The Hunger Advocacy Fellow will participate in a year-long
transformative experience that combines leadership development and
faith formation with impactful advocacy that moves us toward an end to
hunger and a just world where all are fed.
The 2021-22 Hunger Advocacy Fellow placed with the Lutheran Advocacy
Ministry in Arizona (LAMA), will serve as a member of the staff of
this ELCA-affiliated state public policy office (sppo) as a full-time
contract employee. The position’s hourly rate is $15 per hour
plus benefits arranged through LAMA including health
insurance. The position begins in September 2021.
Focusing on analyzing and addressing the root causes of hunger and
economic injustice, and promoting a holistic approach to hunger
ministry, the Hunger Advocacy Fellow will build ELCA World Hunger
capacity to end hunger by deepening and expanding Lutheran statewide
advocacy efforts in synods, coalitions and networks.
1. ADVOCACY ENGAGEMENT: Guide the development of a Lutheran state
advocacy network by engaging with communities to empower disciples for
hunger advocacy; connect with congregational ministries (especially
hunger ministries) to provide tools and support for moral deliberation
and faith-based advocacy; and work with community members who have
faced hunger and poverty to create platforms for their voices to be
heard by elected officials, policymakers and the church. Create
advocacy opportunities that help expand the network and connect youth
and young adults to the church and its ministries.
2. COMMUNICATIONS: Research, write and edit action alerts, position
papers, web updates, newsletter articles and other resources, such as
video and social media to educate the advocacy network and lawmakers
on hunger advocacy priorities. Creatively facilitate communication and
story-sharing with Lutheran synods, agencies and institutions
throughout the state.
3. REPRESENTATION OF ADVOCACY NETWORK: Participate in ecumenical and
human service coalitions that advocate for public policy positions in
harmony with issues identified by the ELCA and the State Policy
Council. Advocate on issues with state lawmakers, legislative and
administrative staff and other public policy leaders.
4. LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AND FAITH FORMATION: Connect throughout the
year with ELCA Witness in Society, Service and Justice Home Area, ELCA
World Hunger, the sppo network and Hunger Advocacy Fellows in other
parts of the country for collective faith formation, leadership
development and community building.
5. Work in collaboration with sppo director to identify any
additional contextual responsibilities or duties as needed in the region.
Travel is primarily within the state and does require the ability to
drive (personal vehicle is not required). Includes day trips to synods
or congregations within driving range and occasional overnight trips
to further parts of the state for synod assemblies. Travel includes
1-2 trips/year to churchwide events outside of the state.