Women of the ELCA Blog

Honoring military veterans an emotional experience »

Memorial Day has taken on an even greater meaning for me as a time to honor those who have made our freedom possible. In 2009 I was able to visit Washington D.C. during the Memorial Day weekend.

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History has its eyes on you »

by Susie Brekke 

I’m a huge fan of the musical  Hamilton. My husband scored major points by getting us tickets for Chicago’s show in April.

Two lines and themes in the show resonated with me: “History has its eyes on you” and “Who tells your story?” These lines suggest the desire to be remembered, to

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God uses the ordinary, the unassuming »

by Ann Hanley

As Women of the ELCA participants, we are vessels with different talents, gifts, abilities, personalities and life experiences. But we have a common denominator: We are children of God.

I recall 2 Corinthians 4:7 from last summer’s Bible study by Angie Shannon in Gather magazine. “But we have this treasure in clay jars, so

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We are sisters gathering at table »

by Phyllis Wade

When the women at the Florida-Bahamas *SWO convention elected me president, I shared memories of family gatherings at my maternal grandparents’ farm in Alabama.

Some of my fondest memories include gathering around Granny’s kitchen table after everyone had eaten. It was around that kitchen table that my mom, aunts and grandmother shared their joys,

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Faith carries us through our days »

And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground and wild animals, each according to its kind.” Genesis 1:24 [NIV]

by Linda Doerge

Today I am sitting on the deck of my humble central Kentucky home, enjoying the warm sunshine and gentle breezes. As I lean

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Responding to gun violence »

Recently, I reflected on the many shootings taking place all over the country. Remember Columbine? Virginia Tech? Sandy Hook? Orlando? San Bernardino? And the list goes on. Within just a few minutes, lives lost and lives changed by injuries and trauma. Not just the victims, but their families and friends, changed forever.


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Familiar Easter symbols remind us of our calling »

by Susan Harris

I’ve been thinking about the contrasts of the seasons during this time of year.

Maybe it’s because the gray skies and cold weather of winter have given way to the blue skies and warmth of spring. From the barren tree branches, lush new growth has burst forth.

What a difference this makes in the world around

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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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