As printed in the January STAR Throughout this year we will be celebrating the Gospel, using the witness of Martin Luther as a symbol of how that Gospel transforms individuals and the church. The Gospel is woven into what Dr. Luther said and wrote. There are several phrases of Luther’s theology that exemplify this and […]

“Service” is the theme of this year’s Synod Assembly and our role model is Elizabeth of Hungary.  As Wartburg College President Darrel Colson said when he welcomed us to the campus, “Martin Luther and Elizabeth of Hungary are two residents of Wartburg Castle that we remember with affection” (To learn more about Elizabeth of Hungary […]

Synod rostered leaders gathered again as they have during Lent for many years. “The Day of Renewal provides rostered leaders in our synod a day to step away from the hurried pace of Lenten schedules and responsibilities to be refreshed”, notes Bishop Ullestad.  “Mutual support and encouragement, a learning opportunity, time with the bishop and […]

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. […]

Sunday afternoon, after an upbeat and inspiring worship service that capped an exhilarating and exhausting week of at the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering, I got in my car and drove from Detroit for the ELCA Worship Jubilee. This was a different kind of event.  I kept looking for people in bright colored shirts to high […]

The Northeastern Iowa Synod Executive Staff recently met in retreat to look at and plan for the year ahead. We based our planning on the 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.  They are […]