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 […]

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 […]

reformation

2017 marks the 500th commemoration of the Reformation which is traditionally dated October 31, 1517, when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses on the door of the All Saints Church in Wittenberg to protest what he saw as abuses in the church at the time. Synods and churches throughout the ELCA are planning different ways […]

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 […]

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 […]

layroster

Last month the 2016 Churchwide Assembly voted to gather all those serving as lay rostered leaders – deaconesses, diaconal ministers and associates in ministry (AIMS) into one lay roster known as “Ministers of Word and Service”, effective January 1, 2017. They will also be called deacons (which means service). Ministers of Word and Service serve […]