faithpractices

Now that we have recovered from Christmas, it is time to look ahead towards Lent.  Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1, this year so it’s not too soon to begin planning your themes.   The ELCA has a resource called Living our Baptism, Five Gifts of Discipleship that can be used in many settings […]

Emboldened to be the church

  The weekend before Christmas I got the call that my father was dying. A winter storm had already begun and there was no way anyone from the family would be able to travel to the assisted living center where he was. My mother normally lives with Dad but she was two blocks away staying […]

christmas

In the Northeastern Iowa Synod December, STAR, I talk about how pastors and leaders can do more with their digital ministry and outreach by posting a message about Christmas on their website. This time of the year there is a spike in the number of people googling “the meaning of Christmas”.   If you are a […]

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 […]

geoparish

Pastors have been serving more than one congregation probably since there were congregations. Some may be familiar with the term “yoked” congregations.   This is when two congregations share the expenses of a pastor, but maybe not much else.  It is only one of many possibilities when it comes to shared ministry.  The Northeastern Iowa Synod […]