5.17.18

  It’s no rumor…the helicopters are here…..              …389 workers arrested…              …….“Pablo, take care of my children.”                      …..Tell anyone who is afraid or alone to come to St. Bridget’s.                            ………Postville Church Offers Refuge.                                    ……Give us courage, Give us hope…Give us love.. The litany read at “The Summons,” an Interfaith Prayer Service […]

#rally2endRacism

    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 […]

women & Justice

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 […]

FTS17

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. […]

Ammparo

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 […]

racism

Although the ELCA and its predecessor bodies have always held racial justice as an important value and issue for members to be aware and committed to, events of the last few years have made us even more aware of the work we still have to do. Finally, seeing white supremacists in Nazi uniforms marching down […]

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 […]