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 […]

Celebrating Renewal

As we approach the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017, congregations and synods are asking each other, “What are you doing to mark the occasion?” The Northeastern Iowa Synod answered this question in 2014 when the Synod Council voted to adopt a 6-year plan called “Celebrating Renewal”.  Because the reformation was more than one […]

H. George Anderson Fund for Leaders

The problem is real and it is urgent! ELCA pastors in the Northeastern Iowa Synod are retiring at an alarming rate.  In fact, only 27 of our current pastors are under the age of 50.  This means that while our congregations are already feeling the effects of the clergy shortage this problem will accelerate to […]

sunday

Another Synod Assembly has come and gone.  Another chance to get together with our Christian brothers and sisters from around the synod for fellowship, learning, worship and business has come and gone and left us with new ideas, new reasons to be grateful and new challenges to tackle.   It’s not possible to write about […]