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Agent of change

Ms. Jerri, a 70-year-old dancer, inspires me. She teaches jazz and hip hop in her own studio to students from her community. She has taught generations of families that are willing to learn and experience her wisdom, energy and love of dancing. She has been an inspiration and enjoys giving back.

Our communities are in need of women like Ms Jerri. She is using her love of dancing to have fun as she teaches the next generation and inspiring young girls each day. Are you an agent of change giving back to your community?

If you are not sure how to give back or if your group needs help to discern what you can do, visit www.womenoftheelca.org and download our featured resource Listening to God: A Guide to Discernment. This guide explores what it means to discern God’s hope and desires for you.

If you are giving back to the next generation, inspire others to make a difference. Share how you are an agent of change.Together we can make a difference in our communities, society and world.

Eva James Yeo is the director for membership.

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Jenny Michael says:
Jan 28, 2013

In the past several months I have attended some synodical conventions where there has been a celebration of the mentors that have shepherded women leaders within Women of the ELCA. The stories are rich and diverse… but always there is affirmation. Sometimes to be a change agent all we need to do is say to that person, “I believe in you!” Those simple words of encouragement can be the fuel to make a light burn brighter and stronger than before. Besides, it’s in our Purpose Statement to “affirm our gifts”… try it out!

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Dawn Talley says:
Jan 28, 2013

I have been affiliated with Headstart for eight years now and I know that I have made a big impact on many of the small children that are in very tough situations. I am also going back to school in the Fall for Special Education. My mother, who is also 70 teaches swimming to adults that have never learned to swim and she has also taught disabled children to swim through the past number of years.

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Syd says:
Jan 28, 2013

The planning team for the 2013 Conference of Presidents has asked for pictures and a brief story highlighting a woman, or any person for that matter, who has made a diference in your life or the lives of others. It is my hope that each of us knows a mentor who gifted us for change and that we pay it forward. If you don’t know such a person, I invite you to reflect on the little things in your past. It’s not always the big light bulb moments that speak to us. It can sometimes be the smallest of tugs on our hearts and spirit that speak. Are you listening? Are you looking around you? If you think you can not be an *agent for change*, that you have nothing to offer, perhaps you and I need to hook up…each of us has a gift and we are here to help you untap it!

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Syd says:
Jan 28, 2013

Now how I’ve been an agent for change-In the past year there has been a family which we are very close with whose grandchildren (4) were placed in the home of their grandparents. Since that time it has been a constant struggle with school, activities, church, human services and therapy appointments, to just maintain a sense of day to day. In this scenario it takes a village to raise and support a new definition for this family. The oldest child graduated high school this past Spring and we certainly celebrated what it took to get her to that point! The child was 18 when she graduated and becoming an adult bring social challenges of its own. She decided to skip the first semester of college in an effort to figure out her place in the family and this world. She changed her focus from a career path that others chose for her to a path she wanted to pursue. They are both very different ways. By asking her questions about what she wanted, we began to look at college possibilities. For 3 months with slow and care steps, she is now enrolled in a community college, taking courses at her pace with all the support we can give her both at the campus and within the home. I doubt that would have happened left up to the grandparents who are so overwhelmed with a new lifestyle and many changing dynamics. I’m proud that I could help her find her way and open up new possibilties for her future. I am an agent for change!

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