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Create finger labyrinths in community »

World Labyrinth Day is Saturday, May 6, 2017. What better day to gather friends together to make finger labyrinths for the Tenth Triennial Gathering?

On World Labyrinth Day people all over the world are invited to walk a labyrinth (or use a finger labyrinth) at 1 p.m. in their time zone, creating a wash

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Giving up gossip »

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 of

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How can we promote healing, wholeness, peace? »

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 agreed

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What are we talking about? »

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 some

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Fall elections must address hunger and poverty »

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 long

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Layers of memories »

To look at the tree in my friend’s backyard, you wouldn’t think it was anything special. But to my friend and her family, the tree honors the life of one who was miscarried.

The family planted a sapling in memory of one who was not.

Over time the tree has also sheltered many birds and a

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Mary’s truth »

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, we

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Let your fingers do the walking »

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 seen

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