Women of the ELCA Blog

Virtual communion of saints »

by Collette Broady Grund

“There is a part of me [that] no longer wants to identify as a ‘Christian,’ even though my belief and faith in God hasn’t wavered,” Liz tweeted late one evening. A moment later, she tweeted, “If God really does call being gay a sin, then I don’t know if I can

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How do your quilts and kits get where needed? »

By Ling Guo

Elsie Stromberg, a refugee during World War II, recalls receiving a school kit that made it possible for her to attend school.

She now makes quilts and kits for today’s refugees. Elsie said
it pains her to see violence disrupting the lives of so many people. For her, education is a priority – “If you

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God’s got this »

In the wake of the protests and hate mongering following the presidential election, it is hard not to give in to anger and fear.

Anger that people feel so free to belittle, threaten and attack those who are different from them. Fear that what makes America the great country it is–our inclusive freedoms and values–may

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God at work through scholarships »

God is good, all the time, all the time, God is good.

As I look back on my life, I see how God has been at work and continues to be.  One of my favorite Bible verses is Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.”

Throughout my life, I have had the opportunity to

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Enjoy this final day of Christmas »

“On the Twelfth Day of Christmas my true love gave to me twelve drummers drumming…” goes the final verse of the familiar carol. I’m sure that the true love would no longer be my true love if I received such a gift, especially atop all the other gifts of the previous 11 days. Who would

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Waiting for patience »

Deep in my heart I say, ‘The Lord is all I need. I can depend on him! It is good to wait patiently for the Lord to save us.’ Lamentations 3:24, 26 (CEV)

December is a difficult month for those of us who are not good wait people. We sit on the precipice of action and

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Scholarships affirm calling, gifts »

I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it

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7 tips for keeping new church members »

…Let your light so shine before others that they may see your good works… (Matthew 5:16)

by Kathy Haueisen

Many a church leader is wringing his or her hands today about the steady decline in church membership. What is it that might actually attract and keep new members in our church?

We know if we want new

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