Women of the ELCA Blog

A death in the family »

Recently there was a death in the family of one of my in-laws. Unexpected and sudden, it affected all of us deeply.

My family, including my children, had trouble absorbing this. Not only were we all grieving for a caring person we’d enjoyed seeing at family gatherings, but we were grieving for our family’s family

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Don’t nobody bring me no bad news! »

When I was a young child, I loved musicals, including one called The Wiz, starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. At one point, the witch in The Wiz sang, “Don’t nobody bring me no bad news!” Lately, I’ve been in agreement with that one line. No bad news, please.

But my cell phone does not

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Called to protect the vulnerable »

“From oppression and violence he redeems their life; and precious is their blood in his sight.”
(Psalm 72:14)

–1 in 6 U.S. women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape

–1 in 5 girls & 1 in 20 boys experience childhood sexual abuse

–Child sexual abuse is underreported, and can also include such noncontact forms

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My brother had my back »

Recently I had to call a plumber after several of my own fruitless attempts to unclog a bathroom sink.

My first call netted a plumber who could find no clear cause for the drain backup—no lost toy, no child’s attempt to “fix” the problem. Yet there was still standing water. After 30 minutes, the plumber

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Parks and recreation »

Just one block from our house, there’s a park I love visiting with my two sons.

Sitting on a bench and enjoying the fresh air is enough, really. If I have work to do, I’ll read or check emails or text messages. But sometimes I’ll join in a soccer game with them, especially if they’re

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Taking a leap (day) »

Today, Feb. 29, is Leap Year Day. It’s the day when I always think of my late great-uncle, Hal, who celebrated only 20 birthdays despite living through eight decades. Even without an extra day, this February was already full of official days—even some I’d never before heard of.

We don’t just have Ash Wednesday, Black

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Back to school memories »

This past Monday my sixth-grader set up his locker with a staggering array of supplies. He took it all in stride. I, on the other hand, felt overwhelmed. Here I was, watching my first baby, with a first zit on his cheek, take another step toward adulthood. My arm was red with pinching

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Winners and losers »

Back in May, LeBron James came barreling down the court and nearly wrecked our Mother’s Day photo. It didn’t matter that he was five miles away at the United Center.

After the Cleveland Cavaliers’ buzzer-beating two-pointer to triumph over our beloved Chicago Bulls, my youngest son, Jacob, 8, was scowling in nearly every family shot.

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