death

As congregations and church leaders have discovered, social media is a quick and efficient way to disseminate information.  The flip side of the speed and reach of information is that sometimes inaccurate and personal information can be spread as well. Therefore, congregations need to have consistent and well-known policies in place when it comes to […]

bishop

The following article was published in the November 2016 Star. Abuse. It comes in so many forms. It usually happens in private but not always. There are horrific public events such as gang rape. Typically, though, the abuse happens in isolation to protect the abuser. Sexual assault against women has entered the very public arena […]

christmas

Christmas is the time of the year when people feel especially generous and want to help others in need.  People often think of children and want to ensure that children receive gifts during this time of the year. That desire to bring Christmas joy to children may lead some congregations into participating in non-ELCA organization […]

hungary

Guest blog by the Rev. Dr. Kathryn Kleinhans, Mike and Marge McCoy Family Distinguished Chair in Lutheran Heritage and Mission at Wartburg College The word “companion” is rooted in the experience of sharing bread with someone. Members of the Northeastern Iowa Synod have the opportunity to do just that by participating in a ‘Reformation Then […]

decolonize

Last Saturday, October 20, over 200 Lutherans from various backgrounds came together in Chicago to worship, tell stories, sing, lament and celebrate.  The Conference was called “Decolonize Lutheranism” and it was a day to push past cultural baggage and stereotypes to lift up what it is to be a follower of Christ who belongs to […]

justicestudy

One thing that can be said about this election’s political climate is that it has sparked a nationwide conversation on sexism, sexual harassment, and abuse.  The ELCA Task Force on Women and Justice, which is writing a statement to be presented to the 2019 Churchwide Assembly, has many resources for congregations who wish to address […]

ftc16

Every fall, the rostered leaders of the Northeastern Iowa Synod gather for a few days of continuing education, rest, renewal, and fellowship.  This event is planned and organized by a committee of synod rostered leaders and is anticipated and appreciated by those who attend. The gathering usually follows the same schedule.  We gather on Sunday […]