Last week on Wednesday, April 4, people of faith from around the country gathered at the National Mall in Washington D.C. to honor Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. Organized by the National Council of the Churches of Christ, the rally,  called “A.C.T. (Awaken, Confront, Transform) to End […]

Rostered Ministers of the Northeastern Iowa, Southeastern Iowa and Western Iowa Synods gathered in Des Moines to reflect upon the theme “The Reformation: What’s at Stake.” The speakers were Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, Bishop Guy Erwin, Bishop of the Southwest California Synod, and the Rev. Dr. Anna Madsen, director of OMG: Center for Theological Conversation. […]

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton likes to quip that she’s had three good ideas since being elected to her position:  The Grace Gathering (a time for all ELCA members to meet at the same time as the Churchwide Assembly to observe plenary sessions and participate in other activities), studying the Small Catechism together as a […]

At the 2016 Churchwide Assembly, Bishop Eaton called upon ELCA members to read Martin Luther’s Small Catechism together in time for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation on October 31, 2017. Maybe you missed this information.  Or you planned to do something but life got in the way.  There is still plenty of time for […]

We are living in a time of fear and ignorance surrounding our Muslim neighbors. Here are some resources to help address questions or concerns about Islam that may come up in your congregations: My Neighbor is Muslim: Exploring the Muslim Faith is a new resource developed by Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota and written by […]

On a beautiful Reformation Day, students and alumni gathered at Wartburg College for the Induction of the Rev. Dr. Kathryn Kleinhans as the Mike & Marge McCoy Family  Distinguished Chair in Lutheran Heritage and Mission during the Reformation Day Celebration at Wartburg College, Waverly, IA. It was a remarkable event: both in the generous endowment […]