You wouldn’t think of Elkader, Iowa as a center for fostering interfaith dialogue and a better understanding of Islam. And yet, in 1845 its founder, land developer Timothy Davis decided to name the town after Abd el-Kader, a religious and military leader who led the fight for Algerian independence. Although his story is not well […]

On Saturday, September 19, a remarkable event took place involving international relationships.   For the sixth year, the Abdelkader Education Project held its international forum, “Why Emir Abd-el-Kader Matters in Today’s World”, which brought together education, business and culture. Who was Abd-el-Kader, you may ask?  Abd-el-Kader was an Algerian “Sharif” religious and military leader who […]

We have just completed one of the finest seasons in our synod.  It has been the time of county fairs in preparation for the State Fair. All the 4-H projects have come to fruition.  As one proud father said, “You know, my daughter is pretty shy but she gave a great presentation and is moving […]

“I’ve met so many nice Lutherans, I may have to become Lutheran!” The above comment was from a RAGBRAI rider from Indiana I sat next to while enjoying a Pork Chop dinner at my home congregation, St. James Lutheran in Mason City. RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) is a big deal in […]

Friday, Feb. 14, a remarkable gathering of leaders from local government, social agencies and churches took place in Waverly, Iowa.  The purpose of this meeting was to tackle the challenge of ensuring that no one in the town of Waverly ever go hungry again. The issue of hunger in America can be an overwhelming one.  […]