As we approach the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017, congregations and synods are asking each other, “What are you doing to mark the occasion?” The Northeastern Iowa Synod answered this question in 2014 when the Synod Council voted to adopt a 6-year plan called “Celebrating Renewal”.  Because the reformation was more than one […]

In 2014 Synod Council approved theme for the next 6 years called “Celebrating Renewal”, which lifts up characteristics of past church leaders which will help us move toward the future.   2015 we celebrated “Bold Leadership” and the example of Jan Hus. This year we celebrate Service and the example of St. Elizabeth of Hungary. […]

  Since the reformation, the rift between Catholics and Protestants has been wide. The divide continued into death, as Catholics and Protestants were not buried together.  The tomb of this Protestant husband and Roman wife are separated by a wall as they were not allowed to be buried in the same cemetery.  And yet, their […]

Sunday, October 25, Northeastern Iowa Synod congregation members joined church goers across the country (and Canada) and checked in, tweeted, posted and instagrammed what was happening at their churches. It is no coincidence that this took place on Reformation Sunday Martin Luther was all about using the technology of his day to spread the good […]

On Reformation Sunday, October 25, 2015, churchgoers across the country are going to be on social media, sharing what is going on in church that day.   It is no coincidence that this is also Reformation Sunday.  One of the key tenants of the Reformation was getting the word out about God’s grace to everyone. […]

by Marcia Hahn Reposted from the January 2015 STAR This year marks the 600th anniversary of the execution of Jan Hus, a Czech priest, and reformer who believed that scripture, instead of the Pope, should be used as the most important authority of the church. Hus’ beliefs echoed those expressed by John Wycliffe, a reformer […]