Upcoming Events
#inthisTogether- Pastors, Deacons, and Ministry Staff
Join Bishop Burk for worship, lunch, and conversation with other pastors, deacons and ministry staff. That same evening Bishop Burk will gather with elected leaders in congregations for fellowship and conversation. See dates and locations
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#inthisTogether- Elected Leaders in Congregations
Join Bishop Burk for an evening on conversation and fellowship with other elected leaders in congregations. In the morning of that same day, Bishop Burk will gather with pastors, deacons and ministry staff for worship and conversation. No RSVP is needed. Learn more
Save the Date: Boundaries Workshop 
There will be a boundaries workshop offered in November.
Workshops will be lead by Arden Mahlberg, Ph.D., from the Integral Psychology Center, Madison, WI.
It is recommended that pastors and deacons take a boundaries training every three to five years. More information and registration coming soon. 
November 15 - East side of the synod
November 16 - West side of the synod
Fall Theological Conference
The annual Southeastern Iowa Synod Fall Theological Conference for rostered ministers and congregational program staff will be held September 23-25, 2018, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport, Iowa. We will gather around the theme “Leadership and Innovation” with Dr. Bill Withers from Wartburg College, Waverly; the Rev. Michael Hurst from Des Moines; and the Rev. Louise Johnson from Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque.
More information and registration
Save the Date: Retired Ministers' Gathering
Join Bishop Burk and retired pastors, deacons, and spouses Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Christ the King Lutheran Church
325 Mormon Trek Blvd.
Iowa City
Registration 9:30 am
Worship 10:15 am Conversation and luncheon to follow
Please RSVP by Wednesday, Sept. 5
By phone 319-338-1273 or by email jordan@seiasynod.org
You're Invited
Fighting Hunger and Child Development event
You're invited to an event from the nation’s leading experts on the importance of childhood nutrition & factors that affect children’s brain development! Hosted by the NE-IA Kiwanis District at the Airport Holiday Inn & Convention Center (6111 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA), Saturday, August 11, you will have the opportunity to attend one or both presentations by esteemed speakers Roger Thurow and Wil Blechman, M.D. A unique & interactive experience, you will also have the option to attend small breakout sessions facilitated by Roger Thurow & Wil Blechman, M.D.  See more
Clergy Roundtable
St. Paul Lutheran Church and Family Resources will host a session for area clergy on how to best respond when someone discloses sexual, physical, or emotional abuse.

Clergy Roundtable: Start by Believing will be held on Thursday, Aug. 16, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at St.
Paul Lutheran, 2136 Brady St., Davenport. Elaine Olson, a spiritual director and retired pastor; Alexandria Bruozis, Family Resources sexual abuse advocate; and Jessica Slover, Family Resources sexual abuse therapist, will present. This interfaith roundtable is free, but please register online.

The hope is that clergy from all faith traditions will gain a better understanding of how to communicate with people who come to seek comfort and support in the face of abuse. It is clear that women, men, and children who disclose abuse are not always greeted with healthy responses that better lead to healing. An uninformed response can worsen trauma. Olson will lead a discussion on spiritual aspects and obligations of caring for people who are abused. Bruozis and Slover will focus on the simple but powerful messages of the Start by Believing campaign. 

Questions? Contact Ann McGlynn, director of communication, St. Paul Lutheran, at
ann@stpaulqc.org or 563-326-3547.
Register online

ALOA: Lutherhostel

ALOA, an inter-Lutheran ministry for older adults presents its
Ironwood Springs Lutherhostel
September 24-28, 2018
Miracle Lodge Retreat & Conference Center
Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch, Stewartville, Minnesota

Join ALOA for a time of learning, reflecting and connecting with others! Dr. Robert Holst will present The Wonderful Witness of Women in the Gospel of John. James Coe will lead music and devotions, bringing a Biblical perspective to worship and singing.

Find out more at aloaserves.org/events/luther-hostels/
Or, download a brochure and registration form

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