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Eight life lessons learned before age 20 »

As my 20th birthday approaches, I can’t help but feel excited for this new decade of life and its possibilities. I also find I have bittersweet nostalgia for the past decade. I feel confident that I’ve grown into a wise, independent, young woman—though I haven’t always felt that way. Like we all do, I

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Grateful for traditions and customs »

This spring, I attended the traditional funeral of my 94-year-old Chinese grandmother.

We began by eating a customary vegetarian meal before departing to the funeral home for the wake. When we arrived at the funeral home, the family was assembled in the entry way, and it was crowded. There were four children, eight grandchildren, five

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Rise up to end trafficking »

Joy, intrigue, surprise and concern. Those were some of the reactions from hundreds of youth who visited Women of the ELCA’s anti-sex trafficking exhibit in the Community Life area at the ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit last week.

The exhibit was a result of a memorial passed at the 2014 Women of the ELCA

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The power of quilts »

Let me begin by saying that I am no quilter. However, I do admire the craft and seeing the end result. I’ve been told that quilters who meet weekly in the church know more about what’s happening in the congregation than most do. These needle and thread ministers are not just sewing together a

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Where is your sanctuary? »

When I was a child, one of my favorite experiences of the summer was going to church camp. The kids in my congregation went to Luther Park in Danbury, Wis.

I went every summer for many years. It was a place where I went with friends, met new friends, hiked, sang camp songs and learned

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Geeks welcome here »

Did you know that today (July 13) is “Embrace Your Geekness Day”?  I have to admit that I am a geek on several levels and having a day to fully embrace that is great. I am a sports geek. My office is filled with sports stuff—St. Louis Cardinal banners and all manner of Virginia

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Sharing God, love and food »

by Lois Bylund

What makes a picnic a picnic? Is it going to the park or countryside where you sit on a blanket smelling the crisp clean air, and eating the food you packed in your basket? Or is it a backyard barbecue where you invite friends over to grill outdoors and eat at

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Hearts and hands »

by Beth Hunnicutt

After church, my husband and I grumped as we drove to the next town because our usual breakfast café was overcrowded.

When we pulled into that town’s cafe, a grandfather and a little girl got out of the car next to us. Right away, I could see that she’d been sick. I recognized

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