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Living Lutheran is the primary publication of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The editorial offices are at the Lutheran Center at 8765 West Higgins Road in suburban Chicago, Illinois with the denominational offices. While circulation fulfillment is done by Augsburg Fortress Publishers, the ELCA publishing house located on South Fifth Street in Minneapolis, Minnesota, all editorial, advertising, marketing and online functions are done in the Chicago offices. Originally historically titled The Lutheran with antecedents going back to the 1831, the magazine changed names in the 2010s.
|Director, Content Strategy and Editor, Living Lutheran||Jennifer Younker|
|Company||Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (Augsburg Fortress)|
History and profileEdit
The Lutheran was established in 1831 and the present publication carries the heritage of almost a half-dozen earlier denominational publications of the several merged churches over the previous two centuries, most especially The Lutheran Standard of the former Joint Synod of Ohio (1818), and two subsequent American Lutheran Churches (ALC) of 1930, and 1960, before being reestablished using the name of the LCA and previous ULCA magazines with the most recent merger of 1988 forming the ELCA. The current 52-page monthly magazine carries news of the ELCA, its institutions, 65 synods, 10,470 congregations and 3.8 million members; news of global Lutheran churches; news of other U.S. denominations and faith groups; and inspirational stories and columns. Published 12 times a year, The Lutheran has a circulation of 280,000 and sells for $19.95 per individual subscription. The Lutheran became renamed the Living Lutheran in April 2016, and is the largest Lutheran publication in the world and the largest denominational periodical in North America. It is distributed in more than 50 countries. It is a member of the Associated Church Press.
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