The 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly is meeting next week, August 5-10, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Here are some things you need to know.   What is a Churchwide Assembly? The ELCA Churchwide Assembly is the highest decision-making body in the ELCA.  It meets every three years and consists of voting members from every synod.  Voting members […]

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Augsburg Fortress have collaborated to develop a new prayer book as part of the implementing resolutions of the ELCA Social Statement, The Church and Criminal Justice: Hearing the Cries. It is a book of reflection, Bible study, and prayer for those in jails, prisons, detention centers, and halfway […]

Recap by Marcia Hahn, Coordinator for Communications and Events Some 330 voting members and visitors attended the 2019 Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly on June 14-16 at Wartburg College, Waverly, with the theme, “Celebrating Renewal: Katherine von Bora Luther — Faith in the Home.” The Rev. Dr. Kathryn “Kit” Kleinhans The Rev. Dr. Kathryn “Kit” Kleinhans, […]

Guest Post by Pastor Mark Anderson, Assistant to the Bishop A man from our synod works hard ­— full time as a farm laborer or what some would call a hired hand — on a nearby farm. His wife stays home with their six children, plus the two they have taken in. They live much […]

Betty Rendón is a candidate for ordination who is also enrolled as a student at the Lutheran School of Theology (LSTC) in their Doctor of Ministry in Preaching program. She has been serving in a pulpit supply capacity since March of this year at Emaus-ELCA, and she was granted Synodically Authorized Minister status by Bishop […]

This coming August voting members of the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly will vote on “Faith, Sexism, and Justice: A Lutheran Call to Action,”  a proposed Social Statement on Women and Justice. In response to memorials from several synods, the 2009 Churchwide Assembly authorized development of a social statement on Women and Justice.   In accordance […]