Synod News

Fall Theological Conference
The annual Southeastern Iowa Synod Fall Theological Conference will be held September 18-20, 2016, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport.  The theme will be “Drawn to the Light of God: What we can Learn about Discipleship, Leadership and Witness from the Gospel of John” Our speaker for this year’s event will be Dr. Karoline Lewis, Associate Professor of Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary. 
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Churchwide News
Our Shared Future
Continuing the conversation on its future priorities, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) invites members to participate in the second phase of “Called Forward Together in Christ,” an initiative that asks members to consider the kind of church God is calling the ELCA to become.

A paper released July 26 shares key messages discovered through conversations across the ELCA during the first phase of the process. Members are being asked to provide feedback on the findings that emerged. The deadline for submissions is Sept. 9. The paper is available at
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Upcoming Events
Practice Discipleship
Join us for our first Practice Discipleship offering August 27 at Faith Lutheran in Clive 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. as we engage in Wondering Through Service Learning and Wondering in Prayer, led by our Southeastern Iowa Synod Practice Discipleship coach, Sonja Gerstenberger. Training is FREE! 

August 27 – Wondering through Service Learning and Wondering in Prayer
10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Faith Lutheran Church
10395 University Ave.
Clive, IA
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Continuing Education Opportunity: Making the Irrelevant Church Relevant
October 16-18, 2016
Prairiewoods, Hiawatha IA
Our society sees church as irrelevant but pastors know that church can be the foundation that nurtures, inspires, and transforms. Empowering Communication (What is Empowering Communication?) is key to developing healthy relationships and healthy churches.
This workshop will give progressive pastors a roadmap for moving Jesus’ life and teaching out of the Bible and into the Church. In this retreat you will gain skills that deepen connection with yourself, the divine, and others. 
To Register: (Programs, Calendar)
For inquiries contact Leslie Ritter-Jenkins, 
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Sept. 18-20
Davenport, IA
We remember in our prayers students who have returned or are preparing to return to school that they will grow strong in wisdom, faith, knowledge and friendship with their peers.
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ELCA Futures
A paper has been released on the Called Forward Together in Christ conversations that happened earlier this year. Learn about the findings, the future of our church, and the next phase online at

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