Southeastern Iowa Synod receives $40,000 grant for leadership school and network The Southeastern Iowa Synod is the recipient of a $40,000 Renewing Congregations grant as part of the ELCA campaign Always Being Made New. The two-fold approach to enhancing leadership throughout the synod aims to identify, train, and coach talented congregational leaders through a leadership…

By Deacon Heidi Larson I remember once trying to explain dawn and dusk to my son. He could not grasp that it was not daytime, but also not night. The sun had not yet fully set, but the stars were already visible in the sky; and in the morning, the sun was beginning to rise…

#metoo By Pastor Erika Uthe In the wake of yet another scandal surrounding sexual harassment and assault, a maelstrom has taken social media using the hashtag #metoo. It is a way in which individuals can self-identify being a victim of sexual harassment and/or assault – some do so along with story, others with the brave,…

By Rev. Paul Ostrem, Assistant to the Bishop The morning headline in the Iowa City “Press Citizen” did not surprise me. “Scientists Say Warming Makes Storms Wetter.” I had thought and believed as much even before I heard of the sweeping devastation brought on by Hurricane Harvey. Carol and I started our vacation in late…

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On Saturday, September 17, the Synod Council met at the Synod Center for Ministry in Iowa City. Following opening worship, the Council welcomed and oriented new members since elections at the May 2016 Synod Assembly. During this time the Council discussed the conflict of interest statement, the synod’s mission and vision as well as other…

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