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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…

Congregations all over Southeastern Iowa participated in outreach and ministry through Vacation Bible School. This summer more than 8000 participants attended VBS in our synod. These children served their communities by helping veterans, homeless families, people with disabilities, local food pantries, emergency shelters, global ministries, pet programs, the Southeastern Iowa Synod, and many more. VBS…

Members of the ELCA from across the nation met in New Orleans as a legislative body in August. By Bishop Michael Burk I served as a voting member to the 1997 Churchwide Assembly. Because of my work as ELCA Director for Worship, and since then, as bishop, I have attended all nine of the assemblies…

Returning from Sabbatical By Pr. Eric Carlson, Assistant to the Bishop, Southeastern Iowa Synod sab·bat·i·cal \sə-ˈba-ti-kəl\ : a period of time during which someone does not work at his or her regular job and is able to rest, travel, do research, etc. (Merriam-Webster) I know it is cliché to use a dictionary definition to begin…

By Bishop Michael Burk I served as a voting member to the 1997 Churchwide Assembly.  Because of my work as ELCA Director for Worship, and since then, as bishop, I have attended all nine of the assemblies that followed. All of them had high points and low points. Some have been more contentious than others….

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