Synod News
Young Adult in Global Mission to serve in Australia

Katie Linthicum from Urbandale will be serving as a Young Adult in Global Mission (YAGM) in Australia this year. She is a member at St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Urbandale. Katie graduated in May from Wartburg College in Waverly where she studied Social Work and Religion.

She says she decided to be a YAGM because she, “felt called to experience and contribute to the global church.” She notes, “I wanted to see what Lutheranism looks like in different contexts in order to better understand my own. Another reason is that I want to go to seminary to get an M. Div., but I wanted time after my undergrad to get to know myself and my call on a deeper level outside of the academic sphere.”

Katie will be serving in Salisbury, South Australia which is a suburb of Adelaide in southern Australia. She notes of the suburban context of Salisbury, “(it’s) kind of like Urbandale is to Des Moines, so it might feel like home!”

There are many ways to support Katie during her year of global mission. She requests prayers for “safe travels, for peace to calm my nerves and peace for the community that is welcoming me, and for an open heart and mind as I experience everything new and the way God is working in and through me and my community.”

You can also follow along with Katie’s year of global mission on her blog.

To support Katie and other Young Adults in Global Mission serving this year, give online here

2019 Tri-Synodical Fall Conference
The Tri-Synodical Fall Conference will be held in West Des Moines, September 22-24, 2019. Deacons Jeremy Myers from Augsburg University and Chelle Huth from United Seminary will serve as keynote speakers under the theme Faith Formation as Shared Mission. The last day to book rooms at the group rate the Sheraton West Des Moines is September 8. 
More information and registration
Churchwide News 
Churchwide Assembly  
Our denomination, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), holds a churchwide assembly every three years - to worship, vote on matters of governance and policy, and be church together for the sake of the world. The churchwide assembly gathered from August 5-9th in Milwaukee, WI, and was full of important votes and actions, including:

  • Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton was re-elected for a second six-year term on the first ballot.

  • A declaration of apology to our siblings of African descent, which was received by the African Descent Lutheran Association with thanks and a call for accountability and living into the words shared.

  • Approved resolution declaring the ELCA is a “sanctuary church body,” encouraging participation in the ELCA AMMPARO initiative for migrant children, discernment of care for our immigrant neighbors in our context, and the promise of forthcoming resources for this work.

  • Approved support for the World Council of Church’s Thursdays in Black, awareness movement for a world without rape and violence.

  • Voted to commemorate June 17 as a day of repentance, in honor and remembrance of the martyrdom of the Emanuel 9.

  • Approved a declaration for inter-religious commitment, reaffirming ecumenical and interfaith partnerships.

  • Approved the recommendations from a strategic task force which has been studying how to work toward authentic diversity in our church.

  • Approved memorials: affirming but not “endorsing” the Poor People’s Campaign, care for immigrants and refugees, and other statements.

  • Adopted a new social statement, “Faith, Sexism, and Justice: a Lutheran Call to Action,” and its implementing resolutions.

  • Deacon Sue Rothmeyer was elected Churchwide Secretary, a full-time position which acts as executive administrator and leader on all constitutional matters and interpretation.

  • Constitutional change for Deacons (rostered ministers of word and service) to be ordained, from the previous practice of consecration.

  • Celebrated the milestones of 50 years of women's ordination, 40 years since the first woman of color was ordained, and 10 years since full inclusion of LGBTQIA+ clergy.   

This summary was compiled by Pastor Brett Davis, Southeastern Minnesota Synod         
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Our common witness
By Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, this article originally appeared in the August issue of Living Lutheran
One of the distinct privileges of this call as presiding bishop is seeing the church at work at home and around the world. The Lutheran movement is alive and well, speaking the gospel in a distinctive voice. Sunday after Sunday the good news is proclaimed in accordance with Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions. In hundreds of languages and dialects, God’s promise of grace, reconciliation and freedom is received and celebrated in places Martin Luther never knew existed. We are part of a worldwide family.

In many ways, and in the most important ways, we are alike. The cross is our center. Faith, grace and Scripture alone are our guides. A clear understanding of human brokenness and our inability to save ourselves sets us apart from societal and even some theological pressures that would try to draw us away from the source of our life and freedom. A world built on works and individualism promises salvation based on our own effort and denies salvation if we fail. The Lutheran movement points to another way. This is our common witness. Continue reading...
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