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Bishop Kennetha J. Bigham-Tsai installed as Iowa UM Conference's New Episcopal Leader

Bishop Kennetha J. Bigham-Tsai installed as Iowa UM Conference's New Episcopal Leader

2/24/2023
Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church Liz Winders Director of Communications (515) 974-8907 liz.winders@iaumc.org For Immediate Release Bishop Kennetha J. Bigham-Tsai installed as Iowa UM Conference’s New Episcopal Leader February 19, 2023, Des Moines, Iowa —"This is the church Wesley envisioned when he said, 'Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike.'  Wesley said we may not be of the same opinion, but can't we be of the same heart? Can't we have hearts centered in ...

Remembering Rev. Dr. Lyle Lieder — Bishop Deb Kiesey's father

Remembering Rev. Dr. Lyle Lieder — Bishop Deb Kiesey's father

12/12/2022
The Rev. Dr. Lyle William Lieder, currently of Rochester, Minnesota, died on Tuesday,  December 6, 2022, of old age. His wife of 78 years and their four remaining children were by his side singing to him as he took his last breath. He was 100 years old.   He was born on March 22, 1922, to Virginia and Harry Lieder on their farm near Millersburg, Minnesota. He was the oldest of three children and was a beloved son, nephew and brother.  He attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, where ...

Bishop Deb Kiesey's Blog Post: The Heart of God

Bishop Deb Kiesey's Blog Post: The Heart of God

9/21/2022
I remember learning something a couple of years ago when I was helping to interview candidates for worship leader for General Conference.   A choral director shared with us that when a choir first comes together, every person’s heart beats at a different rate – and at their own unique rhythm.  But after a while, after focusing their thoughts and voices on the music, after singing together in the harmonies that bring out the beauty of the piece, those individual hearts begin to synchronize … ...

A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Deborah Kiesey regarding the Texas school shooting

A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Deborah Kiesey regarding the Texas school shooting

5/24/2022
“How long, O Lord, how long?”  Once again we grieve the senseless loss of life from violence. At present, we've learned 18 children and one teacher lost their lives when a gunman entered an elementary school in Texas and opened fire.  As our hearts are broken, we can hardly imagine the overwhelming pain of those families whose children went to school on an ordinary May morning, and who now would never come home.  We have seen this violence too often.  We have cried for loves that would never ...

Diane Brockmeyer retires after working for and supporting The United Methodist Church for more than three decades

Diane Brockmeyer retires after working for and supporting The United Methodist Church for more than three decades

5/21/2022
After 30 years of faithful service, Diane Brockmeyer transitioned to retirement on May 6, 2022.  Brockmeyer has been an integral part of the Iowa Conference and her contributions to our organization will always be valued and remembered. Her hard work, commitment, and dedication have been priceless over the years. She will be greatly missed!   Brockmeyer's career working for The United Methodist Church began in 1971 when she started as a secretary at Cedar Falls, St. Timothy's UMC. She also ...

Welcome Bishop Kiesey

Welcome Bishop Kiesey

4/5/2022
On April 4, 2022, the North Central Jurisdiction’s College of Bishops announced a change in episcopal leadership for the Dakotas and Iowa Conferences.  On February 16, Bishop Laurie Haller fell on ice while running, fracturing her right wrist and knocked unconscious. She is on medical leave. Working with the NCJ College of Bishops, the Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops approved Bishop Deborah Kiesey to provide episcopal leadership for the Iowa and Dakotas Conferences during Bishop ...

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