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 […]

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As part of our six-year celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the Northeastern Iowa Synod is focusing on the Gospel this year.  At the heart of the Lutheranism is our deep commitment to the good news (Gospel) that we are saved by grace through faith. So that we may obtain this faith, the […]

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Last month the 2016 Churchwide Assembly voted to gather all those serving as lay rostered leaders – deaconesses, diaconal ministers and associates in ministry (AIMS) into one lay roster known as “Ministers of Word and Service”, effective January 1, 2017. They will also be called deacons (which means service). Ministers of Word and Service serve […]

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Next week ELCA members from all over the country and the Caribbean will gather in New Orleans for the 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly.  The Churchwide Assembly, which meets every three years, is the primary decision-making body of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. A churchwide assembly is very similar to a synod assembly, only on […]

ELCA Election Resources

The ELCA is blessed with numerous carefully prepared, theologically faithful, and thoughtfully written social statements and messages, providing remarkable resources to guide us as we engage as citizens in the public square. 2016 Civic Participation and Voter Education Guide Social Teaching Documents ELCA social statements are teaching and policy documents that provide broad frameworks to assist […]

2016-02-1718.18.15

Every year, Lutheran Services in Iowa, with a grant from ELCA World Hunger, sponsors this day of education and advocacy. Once again Lutherans from all over Iowa joined together to advocate for families and children in Iowa at the State Capitol. Northeastern Iowa Synod members boarded the bus in Waverly and Nazareth Lutheran in Cedar […]

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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 […]