A few weeks ago congregations should have received their ELCA World Hunger Fall Action Guide for Congregations. This is a handy resource that belongs on your “Open right away” list. This packet is a valuable collection of resources to tell the story of the work of the church in feeding the hungry. Nearly all the […]

Nicole Kiefer will be a sophomore this fall at Luther College.  She is a Northeastern Iowa Synod WIYLDE Alumna and Synod Lutheran Youth Network leader. In this guest post she shares her experience as a volunteer at the ELCA Youth Gathering, held July June 27-July 1 in Houston. This fall I will begin my sophomore […]

You may be thinking “It’s a little late now for this,” but church leaders have a lot to plan for Lent.  Sunday themes, midweek themes, Holy Week coming up.  There are still group devotions and bibles studies and you may find yourself in a pinch to come up with materials for other meetings and events. […]

It seems the flood gates have opened wide the past weeks to expose the issue of sexual harassment and assault.  There is nothing new about the problem, but there seems to be something new about the discussion.  Women are becoming more open about speaking out and people are taking the issue more seriously than in […]

The earth and her creatures are besieged by storms and fire in our own country and around the world.  Those who are dealing with disasters directly are overwhelmed either with preparing for coming storms or fires, or cleaning up and recovering from storms and fires.  Those safe from disasters are also overwhelmed by images of […]

God’s call to neighborly love for the sake of those in need is unequivocal. Migrants and refugees are our neighbors. Exodus 22:21 – “You shall not wrong or oppress a resident alien; for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.” and Romans 12:13 – “…Extend hospitality to strangers…” are two of many exhortations to […]