In this, our third of a six-year Reformation focus with the theme of “Celebrating Renewal”, the Northeastern Iowa Synod is highlighting the Gospel.  This month we are taking a closer look at what it means to preach the Gospel. In the March STAR, Bishop Steven Ullestad emphasizes the enormity of the responsibility of the preacher […]

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 […]

As printed in the January STAR Throughout this year we will be celebrating the Gospel, using the witness of Martin Luther as a symbol of how that Gospel transforms individuals and the church. The Gospel is woven into what Dr. Luther said and wrote. There are several phrases of Luther’s theology that exemplify this and […]

The following article was published in the November 2016 Star. Abuse. It comes in so many forms. It usually happens in private but not always. There are horrific public events such as gang rape. Typically, though, the abuse happens in isolation to protect the abuser. Sexual assault against women has entered the very public arena […]

 “It is time that we moved forward for the sake of families and our country.” ~ Bishop Ullestad As people of faith and leaders of the church, we support public policy that protects children, reunites families, and cares for the most vulnerable, regardless of their place of birth. The treatment of immigrants is a core […]

 Last Saturday rostered and lay leaders from around the synod gathered for a day of mission and ministry planning. This is the fourth year synod leaders have met in this way.   In 2011, the Synod Assembly voted to transform traditional committees, task forces and work groups into networks to allow as many people as possible to participate and serve […]