Ammparo

God’s call to neighborly love for the sake of those in need is unequivocal. Migrants and refugees are our neighbors. Exodus 22:21 – “You shall not wrong or oppress a resident alien; for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.” and Romans 12:13 – “…Extend hospitality to strangers…” are two of many exhortations to […]

RosteredMinistersGathering

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton likes to quip that she’s had three good ideas since being elected to her position:  The Grace Gathering (a time for all ELCA members to meet at the same time as the Churchwide Assembly to observe plenary sessions and participate in other activities), studying the Small Catechism together as a […]

racism

Although the ELCA and its predecessor bodies have always held racial justice as an important value and issue for members to be aware and committed to, events of the last few years have made us even more aware of the work we still have to do. Finally, seeing white supremacists in Nazi uniforms marching down […]

African Descent Lutherans

In 1987 the constituting convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) adopted the goal “that within 10 years of its establishment its membership shall include at least 10% t people of color and/or primarily language other than English.”   Despite the good intentions, we have not made any progress toward that goal.  According to […]

sumnderfloods

Residents of Sumner, Iowa woke up to flash flooding Saturday morning after a storm dumped nearly a foot of rain. They also found themselves without power. When Pastor Mark Anderson, Assistant to the Bishop, received the news, he and his wife, Beverly Anderson, along with Assistant to the Bishop, Steve Brackett, picked up nine flood […]

disaster

Wednesday evening strong storms swept across northeast Iowa, causing damage and at least one injury.  McGregor was the hardest hit as an EF-1 tornado touched down, bringing down trees and damaging or destroying several buildings.  There was also flooding in the area. While congregations in the areas affected are being contacted and needs will be […]

Social Teachings

Lutherans have never believed that following Jesus was purely a spiritual idea that has no real consequences in the world. We recognize that our faith is not just about what we do in church on Sunday, but how we live our lives during the week. However, we also recognize that sharing one faith does not […]