Women of the ELCA Blog
What is there about gossiping that so many of us are drawn to it like a moth to a flame? Is it a guilty pleasure where we think there are no victims? As kids we’re taught not to tattle on others. As adults it seems like we do it all the time. Some ofRead More »
The 2016 presidential election made apparent something that few in the United States fully realized: ours is a divided nation.
The nature and depth of those divisions surprised many, too. To express it that simply is indeed an understatement, I know. At the same time, as participants in Women of the ELCA we have all agreedRead More »
Yesterday, October 16, was Dictionary Day. Giving a dictionary to a college-bound high school graduate was once my go-to graduation gift. With all kinds of online dictionaries available these days, even the Oxford English Dictionary (!), I’ve had to come up with a new idea.
But Dictionary Day gives us a chance to define someRead More »
About this time last year, on the eve of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States, I joined with other leaders of denominations and religious organizations in pledging to end hunger at home and abroad. Read more about that here. My actions, on behalf of Women of the ELCA, stood in a longRead More »
The family planted a sapling in memory of one who was not.
Over time the tree has also sheltered many birds and aRead More »
Today is the feast day for Mary Magdalene, Apostle to the Apostles. Who is this Mary? Many stories have been fabricated about her over the years while her real truth is conveniently ignored by many. Let’s take a look at Mary’s story. Because there’s scant information contained in the New Testament about her, weRead More »
While following the United Methodist Church’s General Conference earlier this month, a particular story caught my eye. Women who are part of United Methodist Women, our counterpart women’s organization, had made finger labyrinths “for weary General Conference delegates looking for respite from the stresses and strains of seemingly endless policymaking.”
I’d seenRead More »
The year was 1982. A nephew was about to be born, and I wanted to make a quilt for him. The little I knew then about quilting could fit in a thimble. Both my grandmothers had been quilters but I’d never seen a quilt in progress. Few books were available then about this uniquelyRead More »