Women of the ELCA Blog


Thankful to be thankful »

Here we are again at the beginning of the holiday season. This week everyone is asking “What are you thankful for?” You will hear that on news shows, talk shows and even a few specials like “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.”

So, I want to share with you what I am really thankful for. I am

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The days grow short »

by Gwen Gotsch

Thirty years ago in November, my sisters, my mother and I confronted the creeping sense that something was wrong with my 56-year-old father—with Daddy, who had been the wise and loving center of all our lives.

I was 29, the oldest of three daughters, the one to whom he had said, “You

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Whatever you do, don’t give up »

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.  (Philippians 4:13)

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.  I’m sure you’ve heard that line before.  Well, today is the Great American Smokeout, and it’s your opportunity to try it again—to quit one last time.  Take it from me, a

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Let’s lose some baggage »

So I was wheeling my bag along through the airport when I noticed a man and a boy wheeling their bags along next to me. (One of the benefits of getting older is invisibility. It’s great for eavesdropping.)

The man was your average nice-looking suburban dad and the boy was your average nice-looking suburban

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For those who are hungry »

Earlier this week I went grocery shopping. The next day my daughter looked in the cabinets (which were filled to capacity) and complained about not having anything to eat. (I didn’t get her favorite cookies).

This caused me to reflect on my life. Over the years, there have been times at my house when the

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But we’re frustrated »

Instead of a regular blog, the following is an anonymous note shared by a younger woman who belongs to one of our ELCA congregations. She wrote this letter to another member of her congregation, but decided not to send it.

Dear Naomi (name changed),

I’ve been feeling hurt by you for quite some

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Traveling with sisters »

“Habari gani?” (Or “What’s the news?” in Swahili)

Today is day three with 17 women who traveled from their homes to Tanzania. We continue our journey with our sisters of the Women Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. As we travel together, Nov. 6-14, we will learn more about accompaniment, a spiritual and practical way of

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Taking the lead »

One night after work, I boarded the train for home. After two stops, I heard a loud thud and turned to see a young man writhing on the floor. I looked at the passengers near him to see how they would respond, but they went about their business. For a moment I, too, was frozen.

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