Women of the ELCA Blog


Boot camp offers look at Women of the ELCA »

On a snowy morning in April, I was excited to attend a Women of the ELCA Boot Camp. I didn’t know what to expect, but I was intrigued by the title of this event—2016 WELCA Boot Camp—sponsored by the Indiana-Kentucky Synodical Women’s Organization.

When my colleague Valora Starr and I arrived at First English Lutheran

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Parks and recreation »

Just one block from our house, there’s a park I love visiting with my two sons.

Sitting on a bench and enjoying the fresh air is enough, really. If I have work to do, I’ll read or check emails or text messages. But sometimes I’ll join in a soccer game with them, especially if they’re

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Counting the spoons »

Have you ever heard of the spoon theory? Blogger Christine Miserandino came up with it one night in a diner when a good friend asked her what it was like to live with a chronic illness—in her case, lupus.

She grabbed a handful of spoons and had her friend hold them like a bouquet as

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How to have a helpful conversation about race »

We are all members of the same race: the human race. Biological differences in races do not exist. (I strongly recommend the PBS three-part series, “Race: The Power of an Illusion” for further explanation.)

People of color mostly dislike the phrase non-Whites. It speaks to what we are not as opposed to

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God works in mysterious ways »

by Kristin Dill

The old saying, “God works in mysterious ways,” I can attest to be true. In 2010, my husband of then 21 years heard a call to serve the church as an ordained pastor. I was completely shocked.

You see, when we met, he was atheist. Now, 26 years and two kids later, I

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First impressions »

by Mirim Kim

A couple of years ago, I didn’t understand WELCA. After a few years abroad and a separation from the church, I couldn’t understand the alphabet soup that represented women’s ministry. I’m a lifelong Lutheran, but I’d never heard of WELCA (Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America).

A few months later,

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Transitioning into new beginnings: Part 2 »

In May of 2014, I wrote a blog called “Transitioning into new beginnings” where I talk of my excitement for my daughter’s graduation and celebrate her accomplishments as she headed to college.

“Though I celebrate her, I also feel that this is a graduation of my own, a graduation of transition and acceptance

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Wisdom of women »

Whether it is advice shared about handling a difficult friendship, a break up, a problem with work or an in-law–the exchange of wisdom among women is incredibly empowering and in some cases life changing.

When I have received words of wisdom from the women I know, they often come as answers to prayer. Many times, these

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