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Norma Cook Everist is a Lutheran theologian, serving as Professor of Church and Ministry at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, USA. She helps foster a seminary community atmosphere of shared power and partnership that builds on the gifts of students, which in turn enhances learning for leadership in the church and in the world. She is a widely known lecturer and author of many books.

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Recent books: Transforming Leadership
Open the Doors and See all the People

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'Senseless' Does Not Describe Ft. Hood Shootings

(2) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 10:45 AM

Senseless? Wednesday people will gather at Ft. Hood for a Memorial Service and "try to make sense" of the mass shooting last week which took the lives of 4 and wounded 16. We want to understand, make "sense." Investigators try to discover the "motive." The issues are more profound, more...

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Politics and Religion Issues Not Over With One Veto

(2) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 8:44 AM

Many sigh in relief believing the issue of religious liberty and LGBT rights is over with the veto of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer; however, deeper questions over the free exercise clause of the First Amendment of the Constitution, and how to be a diverse nation, remain. There is an old...

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Shootout

(1) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 12:42 PM

As the world watched, T.J. Oshie from small town Warroad, Minnesota, in a "sudden death" shootout led the U.S. ice hockey team to a victory over the Russian team Saturday in a preliminary round at the Olympics. The shootout was necessary to break the 2-2 tie. The verdict was finally...

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The Iowa Caucuses in the Snow

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 8:17 AM

The Iowa Caucuses were held Tuesday night. No national cameras or crowds, just a dark night, snow and below-zero wind chills. (We had finished shoveling out at noon as the storm headed East). Our caucus met at the E.B. Lyons Interpretive and Nature Center, just south of Dubuque, a beautiful...

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President Obama Cut Short His Vacation?

(0) Comments | Posted December 27, 2013 | 2:11 PM

President Barack Obama and his family return early from Hawaii to Washington for fiscal-cliff talks; however, the constant wording that they were on "vacation" bewildered me. I mean, when families (such as mine) come from the warm Southwest to frigid, snowy Iowa for Christmas, the place they grew up, they...

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A Letter to Malcolm in Prison on the Death of Mandella

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 1:40 PM

Dear Malcolm,

I received your letter and wanted to respond now, after hearing of the passing of Nelson Mandela. You have been in prison so many years, Malcolm. You know I have kept your letters and the total fills many file folders. And I know you have kept my letters,...

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Who Is at the Front of the Room? "Higher Education"

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 6:10 PM

Picture this scene at Wartburg Theological Seminary, the graduate school where I teach. Classes start early. Alert, eager, engaged, we dig into studies together. Although I may sit at the front of the room, ten minutes into the hour, it is not just my wisdom students copy down, but some...

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Of Course: Women Pastors and Bishops

(1) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 12:18 PM

November 1 the Rev. Elizabeth Eaton assumed the office of presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). When people gathered a few weeks ago for the installation of the first woman to lead this 4 million-member church body, it was an historic day, but it felt more...

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Ways We Try to Justify Our Traditions: Sports and Beyond

(5) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 12:30 PM

The debate about whether the Washington Redskins should bow to pressure to change its name will continue as long as we as a nation fail to see the difference between trying to justify traditions and recognizing the real deep-seated problems which keep us all in bondage. The issue goes beyond...

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If We Are the Government, Who Dares to Shut Us Down? Why We Should Care

(4) Comments | Posted September 29, 2013 | 2:35 PM

So what's there to worry about? The U.S. government may -- or may not -- shut down. October 1 state exchanges for the Affordable Care Act open, but most Americans do not understand them. Scientists release a report with overwhelming evidence that human beings are causing Global Warming, but it's...

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Another Look at Putin's Stinging Words About American Exceptionalism

(1) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 4:43 PM

I cannot believe I ever would have said the same things as Vladimir Putin. But I have. Putin wrote on the opinion pages of the September 12 New York Times that he disagreed with Obama on American exceptionalism, adding, "It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as...

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I Have a Disease: I Am Not My Disease

(2) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 2:43 PM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

A November evening, 1982, while my husband, Burton, and I delivered Thanksgiving baskets in downtown Dubuque, I suddenly felt overwhelmingly fatigued. I became ill and never...

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Lutherans Adopt 'The Church and Criminal Justice: Hearing the Cries'

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 6:03 PM

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), with 4 million members and nearly 10,000 congregations, meeting in churchwide assembly August 12-17 in Pittsburgh adopted a Social Statement, "The Church and Criminal Justice: Hearing the Cries" by an overwhelming 882-25 vote.

The vote comes in the midst of recent national...

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After the Birth, Do Not Forget the Labor

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 5:06 AM

Tuesday morning: The Kate Wait is coming to a conclusion. I write this as an American in London. "Breaking News" here (while my friends in the U.S. still sleep) has newscasters outside the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital trying to fill in broadcast reporting during what is still at...

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Fear Upon Fear for the Fourth of July

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 10:21 AM

The North Carolina state Senate has voted on a measure that would add more restrictions on abortions. The anti-abortion measures were tacked onto a Sharia law ban even though there is no Sharia law in the United States. Fear upon fear for the Fourth of July.

"They're doing it quietly...

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The Seasons Change for Us All: Control and Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 12:52 PM

The summer solstice arrives and it is very green where I live. The seasons change; we cannot control the rotation of the earth or its revolution around the sun. Climate changes; we have been agents of that change, often thereby controlling other people's lives.

I love the long days....

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Lifelong Service: A Queen, a Nun and Me

(1) Comments | Posted June 7, 2013 | 8:49 AM

"I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and to the service of our great Imperial family. God help me to keep my vow," said Queen Elizabeth II on her first official state visit so many years...

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The Invisible War and Unlimited Power

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 5:18 PM

It is hard to relinquish power once you have it, particularly when it is unlimited and unquestioned power. President Obama in a major policy speech last week acknowledged both the helpfulness, even necessity, of having the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) law. He also questioned it, noting the...

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When Help Might Not Be Just a Phone Call Away

(14) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 12:54 PM

"We're going to send them [the police] as soon as we get a car open," said the dispatcher. Amanda Berry replied, "No, I need them now before he gets back." Of all the courage and strength it took to survive and to escape, one small phrase signaled to me Amanda...

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Humor Is a Funny Thing (or Not)

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 11:18 AM

President Barack Obama, once a year dubbed the Comedian-in-Chief, knows how to use humor to uplift rather than to tear down. Oh, he's funny enough. That's not my point. What impressed me Saturday night at the White House Correspondents Dinner was not just that he was again very cool, but...

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