Mission: To mobilize women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ!

Purpose Statement: The Southeastern Iowa Synod Women’s Organization, one of 65 ELCA synods in the USA, is a community of women created in the image of God, called to discipleship in Jesus Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit we commit ourselves to grow in faith, affirm our gifts, support one another in our callings, engage in ministry and action and promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society, and the world.

Logo explanation: The symbol – with cross, water, and a white lily – identifies the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as children of God, baptized, forgiven, adopted into God’s family, full of grace and hope in eternal life. It is a reminder of the growth, beauty, and vitality that rises out of that life-giving baptism water. It is also a reminder of the mission of the church to “Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

SWO Documents and Resources

SWO Constitution.pdf
What is Justice Discipleship and Stewardship
SWO Policies

SWO News

The 34th Annual Convention will be held June 9-10, 2023 at the Stony Creek Hotel, Des Moines-Johnston.
We are continually updating the contact information on the units in Southeastern Iowa please fill out the following form to ensure we have the most up to date information Congregation Unit Form
  • Prayer shawls: SWO members make fleece blankets and prayer shawls that are given to adult patients and their families who are staying at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic. If you would like to make blankets or prayer shawls please download this Fleece blanket and prayer shawl resource guide that has been developed by the UIHC Spiritual Services Department.

Officers and Board Members for 2022-2023


Carol Gruhn
Vice President:

Glory Ann Reynolds

Anne Pietscher

Dianne Strickler

Roberta Jurgersen
Teresa Ziegenmeyer

Judy Munger
Kris Elgin

Heidi Hotvedt
Julie Leeper

Cluster Leaders

Cluster 1:
Marilyn Greene
Cluster 2:
Sandra Chadonia
Cluster 4:
Vickie Adamson
Cluster 5:
Dianne Strickler
Cluster 6:
Cindee Schneckloth
Cluster 8:
Delores Stigge
Cluster 9:
Anita Simmons
Cluster 10 and 11:
Lavon Heston

SWO Directions Newsletter

Directions 2023 Spring/Summer
Directions 2022 Winter
Directions 2022 Fall
Directions 2022 Spring-Summer
Directions 2021 Winter

Additional SWO Resources
SWO Facebook Page
Women of the ELCA Website
Women of the ELCA Resources – 25th Anniversary jewelry, christmas ornaments, and clothing
Cafe – online magazine for young women
Bold Connections – sign-up for our Women of the ElCA online news
Gather – subscribe to our Women of the ELCA magazine
Interchange – monthly Women of the ELCA newsletter