June 2 – Vocation – Rev. Dr. Ken Jones
Ken Sundet Jones is an ELCA pastor as well as professor of theology and philosophy who serves at Grand View University, an ELCA college in Des Moines. He is a scholar of Luther and the Reformation, and is the author of A Lutheran Toolkit, a guide to the Augsburg Confession. He is a regular blog contributor and a speaker with 1517.org. He wears tweed jackets and bow ties but also knows how to muck out barns and milk cows. He’s good at cleaning toilets and bad at managing household finances. Ken and his wife Mary live in Urbandale and have an adult son who with his partner lives in Toronto, Canada.
June 9 – Public Faith – Rev. Dr. Norma Cook Everist
Rev. Dr. Norma Cook Everist is Professor of Church and Ministry emerita, Wartburg Theology Seminary. She has been rostered in the Southeastern Iowa Synod since the beginning of the ELCA. As a teaching theologian, she has followed, studied, written, and taught for decades about the history and changing nature of American Civil Religion.
June 16 – Immigration – Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI)
Learn more from staff who work in immigration and refugee services through LSI. They discuss how LSI engages new immigrants and helps refugees, they discuss several programs, our Iowa context, and ways you can engage to serve our new neighbors.
June 23 – Partnering with Indigenous Peoples – Leaders from the Grand Canyon Synod
Learn more about ministry and accompaniment from Rev. Miguel Gomez Acosta, Rev. Mary Louise Frenchman, and Deacon Kate Adelman about both rural and urban ministries with indigenous people in the Grand Canyon Synod. They discuss strategies, histories, and ways to think about engaging indigenous populations in Iowa.