Synod Calendar

September 2020
3 m Interim Ministry Colleague Group, Zoom Meeting, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 
3   Youth Ministry Network, Zoom Meeting, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
7   Office Closed, Labor Day
13   “God’s work. Our hands.” ELCA Service Day
19   Synod Council, Zoom Meeting, 1-4 p.m., 

October 2020
1 m Interim Ministry Colleague Group, Zoom Meeting, 9:30-11:30 a.m.  
1   Youth Ministry Network, Ewalu, 10 a.m.
6   Colleague Group Leaders, Zoom Event, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
18   Faith and Race Youth Conversation, Zoom Event, 7 p.m.
19-20   Fall Theological Conference, Zoom Event, Schedule TBA

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.
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, Synod Office, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
24-25   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.
18   Office Closed, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


Upcoming Dates

June 24-28, 2022 M ELCA Youth Gathering, Minneapolis, Minn.  
Aug. 8-13, 2022   Churchwide Assembly, Columbus, Ohio  


2021 Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly

The Northeastern Iowa Synod Council has postponed the 2020 Synod Assembly until 2021.

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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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‘Faith and Race’ Youth Conversation

Oct. 18, 2020 • 7 p.m. • Zoom


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Fall Theological Conference

Oct. 19-20, 2020


Rostered ministers and spouses are invited to join an online version of this year’s Fall Theological Conference with the theme “Bonhoeffer as Pastor to Youth.” The event, set for Oct. 19-20, will include “Time with the Bishop,” giving participants an opportunity to hear from Interim Bishop Andrea DeGroot-Nesdahl.


Andrew Root

Andrew Root, who holds a doctorate in philosophy from Princeton Theological Seminary, will be the keynote speaker. Root is the Carrie Olson Baalson professor of youth and family ministry at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. He earned Master of Theology and Master of Divinity degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif. He has served in churches and social service agencies as a youth outreach associate and a gang prevention counselor and is the author of several books, including Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker.


Root’s presentation will explore Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s work with young people and how it might inspire and give new perspectives in ministering to young people today. Bonhoeffer was an influential Lutheran pastor, theologian and anti-Nazi dissident who was executed by the Nazi regime near the end of World War II. Between 1925 and 1939, Bonhoeffer’s direct ministry practice was with children and youth, which inspired him to write several pieces and sermons about and for young people,


There will be no cost to attend; however, registration is requested.
Details for how to register and access the event will be sent by email to all rostered ministers.

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.

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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