Women of the ELCA Blog

Blazing the trail »

It takes a village to raise a female pastor. Here I am, early in the second semester of my first year at Luther Seminary, and I realize how true this statement is.

I would not be sitting in my dorm room writing this if it weren’t for the village of women surrounding me.

There are the

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All prayers welcome »

All over the country, kids are getting ready to go back to school. In some parts of the country, school has already started.

It’s a time of anticipation, nerves, and, in many cases, negotiating a new school. This means seeing old friends, making new friends and facing new teachers.

I have covered every angle of back

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Tattoos and life lessons »

Why does a relatively sane woman in her 60s get her first tattoo?

Well, I can tell you one thing, it took the right design to tempt me and move me into the tattoo artist’s chair. And that design was the logo and theme for the Tenth Triennial Gathering (July 13-16, 2017) in Minneapolis, Minn.


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Top o’ the morning to you »

I love Saint Patrick’s Day for a variety of reasons. First, it’s the day when everyone—including this American with really deep Norwegian roots—celebrates this Irish saint. Back in the day, I was known to drink a green beer or two.

Saint Patrick’s Day—the Feast of Saint Patrick—“is a cultural and religious celebration held on March

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Thankful to be thankful »

Here we are again at the beginning of the holiday season. This week everyone is asking “What are you thankful for?” You will hear that on news shows, talk shows and even a few specials like “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.”

So, I want to share with you what I am really thankful for. I am

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Marking seasons »

You have made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows its time for setting (Psalm 104:19).

On September 23 at 3:21 CT, we officially begin autumn. In Minnesota where I live, we enter a period with fewer than than 12 hours of sunlight.

For many of us, the shrinking hours of light

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Where is your sanctuary? »

When I was a child, one of my favorite experiences of the summer was going to church camp. The kids in my congregation went to Luther Park in Danbury, Wis.

I went every summer for many years. It was a place where I went with friends, met new friends, hiked, sang camp songs and learned

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Junia: prominent among the apostles »

It’s truly amazing how God is always at work in our lives.

Years ago, when a female pastor was at our church, I started learning about feminism. While I was a child of the early feminist movement, I spent much of that time with my brain filled with Barbie dreams. So I seemed to

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