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Who is your saint? »

I lost my father this year. He was 85, so he had a long life. And in his final conscious minutes on earth, he gave his family a gift: a spectacular first sentence for an obit. James V. Lackey Sr. died following a bicycle accident.

In reality, his heart gave out. He had trouble breathing;

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Fall findings »

It’s been a busy fall for women across the church: retreats, conventions, gatherings and more. I’ve always thought that if you can walk away from an event with at least one new idea it’s been a productive time together in community. So, today I’m sharing two ideas many encountered this fall. Perhaps one or both

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2 loaves, 3 fishes and a couple coupons »

In Luke 9:12-17 we read about how Jesus sent his disciples to go out and preach the word of God and heal the sick. Soon the crowds gathered and the disciples found themselves trying to figure out how to feed a multitude of thousands with only five loaves and two fish. As a planner I

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The gift of listening »

For me, 2014 has been a tough year. I’ve developed some autoimmune diseases and have been hospitalized twice. During the summer, my mom dislocated her replacement hip and I needed to spend some time looking after her. I’m afraid my friends think I am becoming

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All you ever wanted to know about the executive board »

Today 21 women will gather in Chicago at the Lutheran Center for orientation as they begin to serve as the churchwide executive board for the 2014-2017 triennium. Their first meeting as the board begins tomorrow, after orientation concludes. Just how much do you know about the churchwide executive board and how its functions? Check

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That’s what friends are for »

As I write this, I’m sitting in a hotel room in Erie, Pa., waiting for some friends from Pittsburgh to arrive for a weekend of bowling. I have driven here from Minnesota with two other friends. Are we going to win money? Probably not. Will we enjoy each other’s company, laugh and make memories? Definitely,

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What a day! »

“Empowerment of and investment in girls are key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights.”  –  United Nations Resolution 66/170

Did you know that Saturday, October 11, 2014 will mark the third observance of International Day of the Girl Child? The

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Where in the WELCA … »

I’ve spent the last few weeks on the road. I have snacked on homemade caramel cookies at a Café event sponsored by the women of Our Savior’s Church in Rockford, Ill. Then I sampled a scrumptious apple turnover at an ELCA camp in Clintonville, Wis., during a retreat for the women of the Eastern Central

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