dayonhill17

On Tuesday, February 21, a record 300 Iowa ELCA members gathered at the Capitol to speak on behalg of children, families, and refugees.  For many, it was the first time they had participated and they found it an empowering experience.   “Lutheran Services in Iowa’s Day on the Hill gives voice to those who have […]

immigration

On May 12, 2008, more than 1000 ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement) agents in full SWAT gear, helicopters and SUVs swooped into the town of Postville.  It was the largest single raid of a workplace in history to that date.   It devastated the town and showed us that immigration is not just an issue for […]

facebookpages

I am very pleased and excited by the number of congregations in our synod who now are using Facebook and other social media for outreach and community building. Some congregations have created groups on Facebook instead of a page.  Some congregations have both a page and a group.  And some are unsure about the difference […]

Refugees

  ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth’s Eaton’s recent statement addressing President’ Trump’s Executive Order banning refugees from some countries is in line with our church’s tradition of advocating for the welcome and kind treatment of immigrants and refugees.  Since 1939 the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) has been a champion for refugees from around the […]

faithpractices

Now that we have recovered from Christmas, it is time to look ahead towards Lent.  Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1, this year so it’s not too soon to begin planning your themes.   The ELCA has a resource called Living our Baptism, Five Gifts of Discipleship that can be used in many settings […]

Emboldened to be the church

  The weekend before Christmas I got the call that my father was dying. A winter storm had already begun and there was no way anyone from the family would be able to travel to the assisted living center where he was. My mother normally lives with Dad but she was two blocks away staying […]

martinluther

As printed in the January STAR Throughout this year we will be celebrating the Gospel, using the witness of Martin Luther as a symbol of how that Gospel transforms individuals and the church. The Gospel is woven into what Dr. Luther said and wrote. There are several phrases of Luther’s theology that exemplify this and […]