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Candidacy Meeting
Friday, April 15
Synod Center for Ministry
Iowa City
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April 21, 2016 
Iowa City

May 6-7, 2016

Love Like Jesus
June 16-19, 2016
Des Moines
Remember in Prayer
As congregations, leaders and friends, we ask God to help us encourage people to consider serving the church as pastors or rostered leaders and to help them discern their gifts and calling to do God’s work in the world. More prayers...  
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Synod Assembly Materials and Registration
Join us for the 2016 Assembly of the Southeastern Iowa Synod, as we gather under the theme, Drawn to the Light of God, with an eye toward how Christ, the Light shines in our varied ministries and in every corner of our lives. May 6-7, 2016 at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. Pre-assembly materials are now available online. 

Hotel rooms at the Marriott Hotel are available for booking through April 20.  Discount registration is available through April 29.  More information, links, and registration can be found here
Prison Congregation at Anamosa State Penitentiary
“It was kind of you to share my distress.” This is the title of one of the articles on Christian citizenship in the April issue of Gather magazine. This article is a timely reminder of the importance of ministry to those who are incarcerated, particularly as we in the Southeastern Iowa Synod are engaged together in establishing a prison congregation at Anamosa State Prison. The article features the ministry of Freedom in Christ Prison, an ELCA congregation located inside the walls of the Montana State Prison.
Members of the steering committee for the Anamosa ministry have been making contact with congregations in an effort to share information and raise funds. If you haven’t already heard from someone, you will in the next months. If your congregation is interested in growing in your understanding of the place and importance of prison ministry in our shared life of faith, the ELCA has also developed a 5-session study, Called to Hear: A Study Guide, drawn from the Criminal Justice Social Statement. Learn or share more, click the image to watch a video from Prison Congregations of America. 
For more information about this ministry, or to arrange a visit from a member of the steering committee, please contact Pastor Erika Uthe, at or 319-338-1273 in the Synod Center for Ministry. To make a donation or learn more, visit our website.

Churchwide News
Can We Answer the Question Why? 
By Bishop Elizabeth Eaton 
This article originally appeared in Living Lutheran

Once for continuing education I signed up for an introduction to philosophy course at the community college. I was a music education major in college and never had any philosophy courses. Since philosophy and theology are so closely related, I thought it was about time that I became better acquainted with the Western philosophical tradition. So off I went to learn how the great philosophers have addressed the questions of human existence.

It was an interesting experience. As we marched through the centuries of Western philosophy, it seemed that the philosophers changed the approach to addressing the “big questions”—meaning, transcendence, suffering, the role of the will. The whole process was led by a professor who described himself as a lapsed Mormon who, I believe, never quite made it out of the protest milieu of the 1960s. Read the rest...
Synod Events
Administrative Professionals Thank You Luncheon
In celebration of Administrative Professionals Day, join us for The Church Administrative Assistants Luncheon and Gathering. Thursday, April 21, 2016; 9:30 – 12:00 at the Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for MInistry in Iowa City.

Spend time with administrative professionals from the Southeastern Iowa Synod— sharing ideas with others who work in church offices. Use this time to reenergize and refocus and gain a fresh perspective on your work within the church. AND – stay for lunch! For all your hard work, we want to say THANK YOU by treating you to lunch and a little fun.
  • Small group conversations
  • Network building
  • Communicating the mission of the church
  • Ideas for effective support of the pastor, parishioners, and congregation ministries.
This gathering is made available at no cost to congregations of the Southeastern Iowa Synod. RSVP online
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Learning for Life at Wartburg Seminary
In the Name of Jesus: Baptized and Called, Fed, and Sent is a Learning for Life event at Wartburg Seminary June 5-8, 2016. This inspirational event offers participants, both clergy and lay persons, who are serving their neighborsin Jesus‘ name, time for
personal renewal, spiritual practices and discernment, 
high quality education and Bible study, and Spirited worship.

Feed your faith, think more deeply about following Jesus, and meet people who share the Christian journey. Be renewed in your commitment to discipleship and experience the Risen Christ!

Speakers include Former Presiding Bishop of the ELCA Mark Hanson, Ginger Anderson-Larson, Dr. Diane Jacobson, Dr. Winston Persaud, and the ELCA Revival Team’s Rev. CeCee Mills. More information and registration...
Boot Camp
Are you, a school leader ready to move into administration or new to leadership? A director of an ECE center going through transition and change? A seasoned ECE director seeking inspiration, renewal, and assistance in helping your center grow? If you fit any of the categories above, this boot camp is for you!
Part 1 of our Boot Camp will begin Thursday, April 21, at 4:00 p.m. and end Saturday, April 23, at 3:00 p.m. In addition to dynamic workshops dealing with the nitty-gritty details of the job, you will join a support group and be advised by an experienced director who will work with you over the next 10 months on projects geared specifically for your center. You will have time at the Boot Camp to discuss and plan, followed up by phone calls and/or emails with your group and facilitator. See the flyer for more information.
Professional Development Trip to China
Grand View University (GVU) would like to invite you to join a cross-cultural and professional development trip to China, Hong Kong, and Macau. The group of 25 individuals is tentatively scheduled to depart Des Moines, IA on June 3, 2017 and return on June 16, 2017 (departure from other cities is available).

The group will spend 5 days in Beijing,1 day in  Shijiazhuang (sister city of Des Moines), 3 days in Hong Kong,1 day in Macao, and 2 days in Zhuhai. In addition to extensive sightseeing programs in each of those cities the group will tour well known historical, cultural, and religious sites dating back to the Ming dynasty. The itinerary also includes professional development opportunities consisting of interaction with the staff and students of the local university, high school, library, and local government officials. The cost for the all-inclusive trip (visas, airfare, hotel accommodations, meals, tour services, transfers and etc.) is $4,500 per person. The first organizational meeting for the group will be held in the middle of September 2016 on GVU's campus (details will be provided to interested individuals in August). Additional information about the trip is available here

The trip will be led by two GVU Professors, Mark Mattes, Professor of Theology, and Dmitry Yarushkin, Assistant Professor of Business Administration.  Local English speaking guides will accompany the group in each city. Please contact Mark Mattes at for more information and to reserve your space in the group. Space is limited to 25 individuals.
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