dayonhill17

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 […]

immigration

On May 12, 2008, more than 1000 ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement) agents in full SWAT gear, helicopters and SUVs swooped into the town of Postville.  It was the largest single raid of a workplace in history to that date.   It devastated the town and showed us that immigration is not just an issue for […]

bishop

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 […]

decolonize

Last Saturday, October 20, over 200 Lutherans from various backgrounds came together in Chicago to worship, tell stories, sing, lament and celebrate.  The Conference was called “Decolonize Lutheranism” and it was a day to push past cultural baggage and stereotypes to lift up what it is to be a follower of Christ who belongs to […]

justicestudy

One thing that can be said about this election’s political climate is that it has sparked a nationwide conversation on sexism, sexual harassment, and abuse.  The ELCA Task Force on Women and Justice, which is writing a statement to be presented to the 2019 Churchwide Assembly, has many resources for congregations who wish to address […]

Photo thanks to ELCA

Daily rain showers could not dampen the high spirits of the 945 CWA voting members, plus visitors and Grace Gathering attendees who have gathered in New Orleans to attend to the business of the church and celebrate 500 years of reformation. Old friends are reuniting.  Online friends meeting in person for the first time.  Beignets […]

sermon

Sermon for Closing Worship at 2016 Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly Molly Beck Dean, Program Director, ELCA Youth Gathering   Luke 7:36–8:3 36One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table. 37And a woman in the city, who was a sinner, […]