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 […]

safriday

It was all Gospel all the time at the opening of the 2017 Synod Assembly.   As a part of our six-year emphasis on  Reformation Renewal,  we are focusing this year on Martin Luther and the Gospel. Bishop Ullestad preached on the importance of preaching the Gospel and only the Gospel.   There are many ways to […]

synodassemblypreview

Next month, rostered ministers and lay people from the congregations and ministries of the Northeastern Iowa Synod will gather at Luther College in Decorah to worship together, discuss and vote on resolutions, elect synod council and committee members, hear from our church leaders and synod ministry partners, pray and study the bible, make new friends […]

flood buckets

When severe flooding affected most of the Northeastern Iowa Synod last fall, our neighbors in the Western Iowa Synod were quick to respond with donations flood buckets which had already been assembled. The lesson of being prepared was not lost. Now the Northeastern Iowa Synod wants to be ready for the next flood with flood […]

dayonhill17

On Tuesday, February 21, a record 300 Iowa ELCA members gathered at the Capitol to speak on behalg of children, families, and refugees.  For many, it was the first time they had participated and they found it an empowering experience.   “Lutheran Services in Iowa’s Day on the Hill gives voice to those who have […]

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 […]