Three international students, two from Namibia and one from Hungary, have been invited to travel with Northeastern Iowa Synod youth to the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston, Texas this summer. Marian Torodis will be coming from the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Republic of Namibia (ELCRN). Bishop Ernst GAMXAMUB from ELCRN was a guest of the Northeastern […]

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is a time for Christians all over the world to pray for the unity of the church. This week first came about because of a conversation between Father James Paul Wattson, an American Episcopalian Priest (who later converted to Roman Catholicism) and an English clergyman, Rev Spencer Jones.   […]

This week we celebrate commemorations that, while representing very different cultures, tell the same story of Incarnation—of God becoming flesh and dwelling among us.  They tell of how God comes to us in the poor and ordinary and brings light into darkness. These two celebrations are Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12, and Santa […]

Congregations who are looking to evaluate and renew their mission may find the ELCA Congregational Vitality Project to be a helpful tool. The Congregational Vitality Project started as a way to better understand how congregations are living out God’s mission in their context. Frustrated by traditional measures of “butts and bucks,” researchers with the ELCA’s […]

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 […]

New research released by Lutheran Services in America shows most Americans from all sides of the political spectrum agree that cutting and restructuring Medicaid is a bad idea. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the proposed American Care Act would cut federal Medicaid spending by $880 billion over 10 years. By 2026, 14 million […]