Women of the ELCA Blog

History has its eyes on you »

by Susie Brekke 

I’m a huge fan of the musical  Hamilton. My husband scored major points by getting us tickets for Chicago’s show in April.

Two lines and themes in the show resonated with me: “History has its eyes on you” and “Who tells your story?” These lines suggest the desire to be remembered, to

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God is everywhere, not only in church »

It’s no mystery, at least to my pastor-husband, that church is not my favorite place to be. While so many Christians experience the Eucharist with humility and awe, my favorite part of it is getting up from my pew to stretch and walk.

I try to feel the depth of the mystery. And sometimes I do.

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God uses the ordinary, the unassuming »

by Ann Hanley

As Women of the ELCA participants, we are vessels with different talents, gifts, abilities, personalities and life experiences. But we have a common denominator: We are children of God.

I recall 2 Corinthians 4:7 from last summer’s Bible study by Angie Shannon in Gather magazine. “But we have this treasure in clay jars, so

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A place that welcomes all »

Recently I was asked, “What  plans do you have in place to build the organization?”

I’m  not asked this question every day, so  I started thinking about it. How can we  intentionally become a place that welcomes all women?

I believe we can  if  we  reach  outside of our local communities to women who are searching for a

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We are sisters gathering at table »

by Phyllis Wade

When the women at the Florida-Bahamas *SWO convention elected me president, I shared memories of family gatherings at my maternal grandparents’ farm in Alabama.

Some of my fondest memories include gathering around Granny’s kitchen table after everyone had eaten. It was around that kitchen table that my mom, aunts and grandmother shared their joys,

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Got the blues? Make your bed »

Lately, I haven’t been spending much time sleeping in my bed. You see, I have a newborn. So sleep is a fading memory.

As my mental and physical state declines during this transition to new parenthood, there is one act that connects me to my healthy ideal self: making my bed.

I discovered how important this simple

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Faith carries us through our days »

And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground and wild animals, each according to its kind.” Genesis 1:24 [NIV]

by Linda Doerge

Today I am sitting on the deck of my humble central Kentucky home, enjoying the warm sunshine and gentle breezes. As I lean

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Responding to gun violence »

Recently, I reflected on the many shootings taking place all over the country. Remember Columbine? Virginia Tech? Sandy Hook? Orlando? San Bernardino? And the list goes on. Within just a few minutes, lives lost and lives changed by injuries and trauma. Not just the victims, but their families and friends, changed forever.


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