On Saturday, June 12, 2021, some 300+ people gathered on zoom for a one-day online assembly under the leadership of Interim Bishop Andrea DeGroot-Nesdahl.
The theme of this Assembly, “Celebrating Renewal: Johannes Bugenhagen, Parish Pastor of the Reformation,” concludes a six-year synod wide theme linking renewal with reformers over the years.
The event opened with a presentation by Rev. Dr. Martin J. Lohrmann, associate professor of Lutheran Confessions and Heritage for Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque on Bugenhagen.
Dr. Lohrman’s presentation was followed by a pre-corded worship service which was made available in the Synod Sermon Library and on YouTube for congregations to use the following Sunday.
We also recognized the 50/40/10 Anniversaries, 50th Anniversary of the ordination of women, 40the anniversary of the ordination of the first Black woman, Pastor Earlean Miller, and the 10th anniversary of the ELCA’s decision to officially ordain people in same gender committed relationships.
A video celebrating ordained women in the Northeastern Iowa Synod, “We have seen the Lord” was shared.
The main business of the day was the election of a new Synod Bishop. This election had been put off a year when the 2020 Synod Assembly was cancelled due to the COVID 19 Pandemic.
The election process was chaired by Churchwide Representative, Lori Fedyk, ELCA Treasurer.
Pastor Kevin Jones, Trinity, Mason City was elected Bishop on the Fifth ballot with 168 votes.
The Rev. Stacey Nalean-Carlson, pastor of Glenwood and Canoe Ridge Lutheran Churches, Decorah, received 118 votes.
There were also elections for Synod Council, Church Wide Voting members and other committees. Results can be found on the Synod Website.
Several resolutions were also passed including 2021 & 2022 Minimum Salary Guidelines for Rostered Ministers, 2022 Synod Mission Goals, and the ELCA Advocacy Support for the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act.