Synod News
Starting the conversation about race...
It's not too late to join others from the Southeastern Iowa Synod on Thursday, October 6 from 10:30 – 2:00 at the Synod Center for Ministry in Iowa City.  We will watch the webcast from Bishop Eaton and ELCA Vice-President Bill Horne, where they share their personal stories as a model for our conversation. 

Bishop Eaton casts a vision for the church that is both hopeful and embraces the theology of the cross. Together we will explore ways in which congregations can become the neighborhood where God has placed them; as well as support communities that are hurting. 
Clergy are welcome as well as any members of your congregation that you would like to invite. Lunch will be provided. $10 per person to help offset the cost of lunch.  
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God's Work. Our Hands. Sunday 
On Sunday, September 11, congregations around southeastern Iowa gathered not only for worship but in a day of service. Many congregations also reflected on the 15th anniversary of 9/11. These congregations participated in “God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday, a day of service with other ELCA congregations around the nation. Read the reports and see photos from around the synod. 
Read the stories
Did you know? 
Our ministry and witness as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is carried out through congregations and ministries in 65 synods across the United States and the Caribbean, together with our Churchwide ministries which span the globe. Bishop Burk has been meeting with the bishops from all 65 synods, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and Secretary Chris Boerger.  This group is called the Conference of Bishops. Several partners from ELCA churchwide join in the conversation with the Conference of Bishops. deepening our connection and collaboration so that together we might understand better what it means to be Drawn to the Light of God. 
Churchwide News
ELCA Asks for Prayer and Support for Military and Veterans
The most recent Churchwide Assembly voted unanimously to
“. . . ask the Office of the Presiding Bishop to establish a Sunday of prayer and action closest to Veterans Day each year to unite this church in prayer and encourage practical assistance for military members, veterans, ELCA chaplains and their families.” That Sunday is November 13th.
The Centurion Project, named for the faithful Roman centurion of Matthew 8:5-13, established a network  of more than 25 synod representatives committed to encouraging support for military members, veterans, ELCA chaplains, and their families. The Project has numerous resources available for congregations and individuals for military support. Please consider support for past and present members of the military and their families on 
Sunday Nov 13.  

The Southeastern Iowa The Southeastern Iowa Synod Centurion Project representative is Pastor Robert Bowlin. Please contact him for additional resources or to share stories of how you are providing support for military personnel and/or veterans email or call 309-269-2743.
Learn more
African Descent Lutheran Association Calls Church to Action in Wake of Fatal Police Shootings
Read the statement
Upcoming Events

Network Event
The Southeastern Iowa Synod Children/Youth Network is made up of adults who have a passion to walk with young people in Christ’s mission for the sake of the world! The purpose of the network is to make connections with people in children/youth ministries, and to share ideas and resources to enhance various ministries in congregations and throughout the synod.  Whether you are full-time, part-time, a rostered leader, staff, or volunteer, you are welcome!

Thursday, November 3, 2016
Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for Ministry
Iowa City
Learn more and register online
Children's Ministry Fall Resource Day
Gain skills, knowledge and resources as you meet with church professionals and volunteers from around the synod who specialize in children’s ministry. Saturday, October 8th, 9:30AM-2:15PM at First Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids. Cost is $12, lunch is included. 
Register Online
Clergy Taxes and Year-End Financial Responsibilities  
October 20, 2016 from 9: 30am – 12:00pm This event is for Clergy and Congregation Treasurers. Conversation facilitated by Robert Joy, CPA, financial, and tax advisor with 22 years of experience in church and clergy taxes.  Held at the Synod Center for Ministry, Iowa City. This is a free event. 
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Emotional Intelligence and the Church Professionals
Thursday, October 27
Grace Lutheran Church
3010 52nd Street
Des Moines, IA
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cost: $25 (includes lunch)

Presenter: John Marquart
In this workshop, John will introduce Emotional Intelligence, which is the awareness and management of personal skills (strengths and weaknesses) and interpersonal/relationship skills (strengths and weaknesses). John will show pastors and church professionals how an understanding of emotional intelligence impacts life, relationships and ministry.

In viewing the big pictures, EQ/ leadership behavior and interpersonal skills are twice as important as IQ/job competence in being successful as a leader. Successful leaders have the ability to grow congregations by building trusting relationships with influential leaders, church councils, boards and small groups that coincides with the church’s mission. John Marquart is a teacher, educator, and coach of emotional intelligence.
Register Online
You're Invited
Food, Faith, Climate: Connecting the Dots.
Join us at Iowa Interfaith Power & Light’s workshop to learn how our food practices contribute to climate change, and how our faith traditions call us to respond with practical solutions. We also look at our own food practices and create a plan for more climate-friendly choices. Sunday, Nov 6, 1pm-2:30pm, Cornell College, Mt. Vernon. Noon lunch optional at Cornell’s award-winning café.
More information and registration
Hope Leadership Conference
Transforming lives. Transforming communities. Transforming the world. Strong Christian leaders are essential to the positive growth of teams, churches, organizations, communities… and the world! We invite you to join us for a conference where together we will help prepare church leaders to more effectively reach out to the world around us and share the everlasting love of Jesus Christ! 
For Business Leaders:
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016
Bringing Faith into the Workplace

For Church Leaders
Thursday, Oct. 13 & Friday, Oct. 14, 2016
Church Leaders Envisioning the Future
Cost: $50 per person (Includes all three days) 
Students can register at no cost! Use promo code: STUDENTS 
More information
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Oct. 8
Cedar Rapids, IA

October 20
Synod Center for Ministry
Iowa City

October 6
Synod Center for Ministry 
Iowa City

Emotional Intelligence and the Church Professionals
Thursday, October 27
Grace Lutheran Church
Des Moines, IA

We give thanks and praise to God for the wonders and diversity of creation and nature and for all the ways in which it sustains and inspires us. We pray for wisdom and diligence in caring for all that God has entrusted to us. 
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Did you know? 
Bishop Burk has been meeting with the bishops from all 65 synods. This group is called the Conference of Bishops, which meets twice yearly, deepens our connection and collaboration so that together we might understand better what it means to be Drawn to the Light of God. 

Anti-racism training and news
The southeastern Iowa Synod has several events throughout the year on matters of race and faith. These are open to all members of congregations of the synod. Look on the synod's website for more information. 

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