Synod Calendar

October 2020
1 m Interim Ministry Colleague Group, Zoom Meeting, 9:30-11:30 a.m.  
1   First Call Theological Education Executive Committee, Zoom Meeting, 10 a.m.
1   Youth Ministry Network, Ewalu, 10 a.m.
6   Colleague Group Leaders, Zoom Event, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
8   Deans and Chaplains, Zoom Meeting, 9-11 a.m.
10   Compensation Committee, Zoom Meeting, 9 a.m.
18   Faith and Race Youth Conversation, Zoom Event, 7 p.m.
19-20   Fall Theological Conference, Zoom Event
22   First Call Theological Education Orientation, Zoom Meeting, 10 a.m.-12 noon

November 2020
5 m Interim Ministry Colleague Group, Zoom Meeting, 9:30-11:30 a.m.  
5   Youth Ministry Network, Zoom Meeting, 10 a.m.
12   New to Synod, Zoom Meeting, 9:30-11:15 a.m.
26-27   Office Closed, Thanksgiving

December 2020
3 m Interim Ministry Colleague Group, Zoom Meeting, 9:30-11:30 a.m.  
3   Youth Ministry Network, Zoom Meeting, 10 a.m.
4   Candidacy Committee, Zoom Meeting
24-31   Office Closed, Christmas

January 2021
1   Office Closed, New Year’s Day
7 m Interim Ministry Colleague Group, Zoom Meeting, 9:30-11:30 a.m.  
7   Youth Ministry Network, Zoom Meeting, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
9   Synodical Women’s Organization Cluster, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Synod Office (Zoom if weather issues)
18   Office Closed, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


Upcoming Dates

June 11-13, 2021   Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa  
June 24-28, 2022 M ELCA Youth Gathering, Minneapolis, Minn.  
Aug. 8-13, 2022   Churchwide Assembly, Columbus, Ohio  


2019 Synod Assembly Recap

Celebrating Renewal: Katherine von Bora Luther — Faith in the Home

The 2019 Synod Assembly gathered at Wartburg College, Waverly, June 14-16, for business surrounded by word and sacrament, with the theme, “Celebrating Renewal: Katherine von Bora Luther — Faith in the Home.”

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Synod Networks invited to meet online

and report by Nov. 1

The Fall Leadership Event, originally set for Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Waverly, will not take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


This year, instead of meeting in person, synod networks are encouraged to meet via electronic means at their convenience and report back to the Synod Council by Nov. 1 through their Synod Council liaison or they can email directly to Syd Brinkmann, Synod Council vice president.

2021 Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly

June 11-13, 2021
Luther College, Decorah, Iowa



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ELCA Churchwide Assembly Recap


The ELCA Churchwide Assembly met at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee Aug. 5-10, 2019, to discuss and make decisions about how to go about God’s work as a church, with the theme “We are church.” Some 17 voting members represented the Northeastern Iowa Synod.


Actions taken during the assembly by the more than 900 voting members:

  • Re-elected Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton to a second six-year term.
  • Elected Deacon Sue Rothmeyer as Churchwide Secretary.
  • Adopted the new social statement, “Faith, Sexism, and Justice: a Lutheran Call to Action.”
  • Approved Constitutional change for Deacons (rostered ministers of word and service) to be ordained, from the previous practice of consecration.
  • Approved a resolution to endorse the World Council of Churches’ “Thursdays in Black” movement for a world without rape and violence.
  • Adopted “A Declaration of Inter-religious Commitment.”
  • Voted to commemorate June 17 as a day of repentance and remembrance of the martyrdom of the Emanuel 9 — the nine people who were shot and killed June 17, 2015, during a Bible study in Charleston, S.C.
  • Adopted a resolution to condemn white supremacy.
  • Presented a declaration of apology to people of African descent.
  • Approved a memorial that declares the ELCA a sanctuary church.
  • Celebrated the milestones of 50 years of women’s ordination.


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