Women of the ELCA Blog

A death in the family »

Recently there was a death in the family of one of my in-laws. Unexpected and sudden, it affected all of us deeply.

My family, including my children, had trouble absorbing this. Not only were we all grieving for a caring person we’d enjoyed seeing at family gatherings, but we were grieving for our family’s family

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What’s love got to do with it? »

Love has been sentimentalized. Too often, it is stripped of its suffering and its passion—all that appears to have remained is the heart shape.

But suffering and love go hand in hand – especially in the Bible. The sacrifices of Leviticus outline a bloody method for appeasing an angry and holy God. The life force

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Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine »

Last Saturday, there was a peaceful demonstration for civil rights for immigrants in my little suburb. I thought about going. But, well, it was chilly out, I had laundry to do, and besides, there’d be hundreds of other people there. What difference could one more make, anyway?

So I stayed home and clicked “Like” on the

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How do your quilts and kits get where needed? »

By Ling Guo

Elsie Stromberg, a refugee during World War II, recalls receiving a school kit that made it possible for her to attend school.

She now makes quilts and kits for today’s refugees. Elsie said
it pains her to see violence disrupting the lives of so many people. For her, education is a priority – “If you

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A good book keeps reality at bay »

I’m at that thrilling stage between books: the time when I select the author I’ll spend my next several weeks with. (I’m a slow reader, slipping into bed, taking up my book, and soon listening to my own soft snoring.)

This New Year, I made an irresolute resolution to read more nonfiction, though I prefer to immerse

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Jesus the workaholic »

After my parents divorced when I was in middle school, there wasn’t always a lot of money to go around.

To keep the household going, my mother worked five days a week at an elementary school, spent her weekends cutting hair and attended night classes to earn her bachelor’s degree.

She worked hard to build a life

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God’s got this »

In the wake of the protests and hate mongering following the presidential election, it is hard not to give in to anger and fear.

Anger that people feel so free to belittle, threaten and attack those who are different from them. Fear that what makes America the great country it is–our inclusive freedoms and values–may

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God at work through scholarships »

God is good, all the time, all the time, God is good.

As I look back on my life, I see how God has been at work and continues to be.  One of my favorite Bible verses is Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.”

Throughout my life, I have had the opportunity to

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