By Kathy Smith, Associate for Administration I have spent much the last couple of weeks attendings webinars, looking at tools, and reading articles to decipher the impact of the financial and human resources this time is having on congregations. Below is a list of tools and resources I have gathered.  We recommend that you use…

By Val Harlynn, Associate for Communications During this time, frequent communication is important. I know many people are trying out new technologies and ways of connecting while we can’t physically be together.  This is a way to share news and information from the Office of Bishop that has developed since eNews, which is published on…

By Val Harlynn, Associate for Communications During this time, frequent communication is important. I know many people are trying out new technologies and ways of connecting while we can’t physically be together. This new weekly blog will serve as an update on Thursdays. This is a way to share news and information from the Office…

Imagine this scene playing out in your fellowship hall: people from age two to 95 sharing M&Ms together, Scripture story read by the fourth-grader and acted out by everyone, caring conversations between children and adults who aren’t related, God’s Spirit imprinting generosity on hearts. This was exactly the scene on Saturday, September 6 at Zion…

On August 5th, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), began its 15th triennial churchwide assembly in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This gathering met under the theme “We Are Church” to worship, vote on matters of governance and policy, and be church together for the sake of the world. A number of actions were taken by the…

On June 25th, several people from the Southeastern Iowa Synod in partnership with others involved in activism with Bread for the World were able to meet with staff from Senators Chuck Grassley and Senator Joni Ernst’s offices in Cedar Rapids. Their meeting focused on global childhood nutrition, specifically getting children and expecting mothers vital nutrition…

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