Rev. Brian A. Evans is Senior Pastor at First Lutheran Church in Pittsburgh, PA.
Review: Changing World, Changeless Christ: The American Lutheran Publicity Bureau, 1914–2014
March/April 2018: Dignity, Challenge, and ELCA Social Statements (Volume 18 Issue 2)
The American Lutheran Publicity Bureau (“ALPB” or “the Bureau”) is one of those rare institutions that spans major North American Lutheran denominations, (or at least some camps thereof). Hoping to make the Lutheran church better known in America, its early founders (then, primarily from the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod) set in motion a publishing body whose publications have provided a forum for ethical reflection, social engagement and denominational dispute across the decades. Although not a church body, the ALPB has focused on issues facing American Lutherans — from its outspoken voice against racism in the 1940s, to war and peace, abortion, sexuality and other social concerns.