Women of the ELCA Blog


Today is World AIDS Day »

Many years ago, I worked at a clinic and social service agency that assisted people living with AIDS. It was so long ago (1984) that HIV hadn’t been identified and named yet. In those early days, there was a lot of confusion and misunderstanding about how the illness was spread, and at the clinic we

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Is it time to call it a day? »

Do we really need the Women of the ELCA?  Or is it time to call it a day?

Recently a dear friend of mine asked me this question. Then she reminded me that women have numerous roles in the church, including that of presiding bishop, synod bishop, pastor and deacon. I suppose she thought Women of

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How can we promote healing, wholeness, peace? »

The 2016 presidential election made apparent something that few in the United States fully realized: ours is a divided nation.

The nature and depth of those divisions surprised many, too. To express it that simply is indeed an understatement, I know. At the same time, as participants in Women of the ELCA we have all agreed

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Thanksgiving: the lost holiday »

by Karen Olson

Let us come into [God’s] presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to [God] with songs of praise!  (Psalms 95:2)

I have heard laments from those who feel that Thanksgiving is the holiday that is consistently overlooked.

It is jammed in between Halloween and Christmas. Depending on your outlook, Halloween is a

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Living on tear-soaked land »

by Ely Smith

Following the Women of the ELCA executive board meeting last month in Baltimore, I traveled on to Washington D.C.

The last time I was in D.C., the Smithsonian was breaking ground on the National Museum of the American Indian, so I looked forward to my visit.

I arrived in time

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3 ways this election will make me better »

Like many people this election season, I had some really passionate beliefs about who should win the American presidency.

And, yes, I’m about to be intentionally vague about who I voted for because A) in our country the church lives out a call to be a fair and impartial place where people can prayerfully and thoughtfully

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Quilt of many colors »

Every day I get the Virginia Tech News in my email.  Usually the stories are about research or campus activities, but on this day there was a touching story about an amazing young woman whose life ended too soon due to cancer.

She was a medical student at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of

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Leaders, leaders everywhere »

Good stewardship means not only taking care of the financial resources God has entrusted to us, but also taking care of the organization God has entrusted to us: Women of the ELCA.

One good way to do that is to keep an eye open for potential leaders—and then to encourage them. Invite them to consider

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