Women of the ELCA Blog

Where charity and love are, God is there »

Today is Maundy Thursday, and tonight’s worship service is my favorite of the entire liturgical year. Have you ever taken part in a Maundy Thursday service?

A hymn that’s been part of Maundy Thursday for a long, long time is “Where charity and love prevail,” or Ubi caritas. Some scholars think the text goes back to

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Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine »

Last Saturday, there was a peaceful demonstration for civil rights for immigrants in my little suburb. I thought about going. But, well, it was chilly out, I had laundry to do, and besides, there’d be hundreds of other people there. What difference could one more make, anyway?

So I stayed home and clicked “Like” on the

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7 ways to recognize fake news »

So I made the mistake of getting into a Facebook disagreement with a young relative over a news story about a movie star who voiced an opinion at an awards show. (When will I ever learn?)

Then I read the article my relative linked to, and I was surprised. It wasn’t a news story at all.

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Leaders, leaders everywhere »

Good stewardship means not only taking care of the financial resources God has entrusted to us, but also taking care of the organization God has entrusted to us: Women of the ELCA.

One good way to do that is to keep an eye open for potential leaders—and then to encourage them. Invite them to consider

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Declaring war on a phrase »

The other day I overheard someone talking about her daughter, a pastor, who presided at a funeral recently and later pitched in to help the “little old ladies” clean up the kitchen after the funeral luncheon. The point she wanted to make was about how great her daughter is (which I’m sure she is),

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Counting the spoons »

Have you ever heard of the spoon theory? Blogger Christine Miserandino came up with it one night in a diner when a good friend asked her what it was like to live with a chronic illness—in her case, lupus.

She grabbed a handful of spoons and had her friend hold them like a bouquet as

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Christmas and the turning of the year »

My plan when I started this blog was to write about how the turning of the year reflects Christ’s birth among us just when our yearning for light and life is most pointed. I was going to start like this . . .

Today is the shortest day of the year, with the sun

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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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