Women of the ELCA Blog


Ability to balance »

by Julie A. Kanarr

After I broke my ankle, I spent time doing physical therapy to regain balance, flexibility and strength. Working with a physical therapist, I balanced on boards that tilted, stepped up onto rubber domes that wiggled, and stood on plastic pillows that wobbled.

Physical therapy involves practicing increasingly difficult exercises in

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Haven’t we made progress? »

Race in our nation is complicated with a violent past and present. It is complicated because it permeates all of our lives, but it is often unnamed and misunderstood.

Racism is not easily eradicated. But, there has been progress! Not the kind of progress we might think of when we talk about racial progress—pointing out

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Celebrate Katie’s birthday »

More than 19 years ago, Women of the ELCA created an endowment fund and named it after Martin Luther’s wife, Katharina von Bora Luther—affectionately known as Katie Luther. She was a woman that we all can admire for her bold faith. Katie actively lived out her boldness as a wife, mother, farmer, brewmaster, innkeeper

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Be still and know… »

It has been one of those days. Since I didn’t have anything scheduled on my calendar today, I imagined that I could tackle some things on my “to do” list.

But as soon as I began a task, I became distracted or my attention was diverted. Now, it is the end of the day and

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Keep on keeping on »

Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4: 6)

It’s the first of the month, and I am once again anxious. I must find volunteers to sort clothing for the children’s clothing bank and to work the day

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His mantra was love »

To my family and the rest of the nation in the 1960s, Dr. Martin Luther King was a sign of hope.

In a 47 minute keynote address at a Luther League Convention in 1961, an event sponsored by the American Lutheran Church for Lutheran youth, Dr. King spoke about three kinds of love

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What is your one word this year? »

A beloved Chicago Tribune columnist, a Southerner like me, bless her heart, presented a one-word challenge recently: Pick  a word that will “guide you through the coming year.” Because it did not originate with her, I feel perfectly comfortable borrowing the idea and sharing it with you.

Tribune columnist Mary Schmich’s

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What can we do to end trafficking? »

I love the stories of St. Nicholas, the model for our modern-day Santa Claus, because many believe he worked against child trafficking.

My introduction to the world of child trafficking happened in Asia, though about 1,700 years after St. Nicholas fought it. In May 2001, I was in Mumbai, India, writing an article about forced

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