Women of the ELCA Blog
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 amRead More »
by Gwen Gotsch
Thirty years ago in November, my sisters, my mother and I confronted the creeping sense that something was wrong with my 56-year-old father—with Daddy, who had been the wise and loving center of all our lives.
I was 29, the oldest of three daughters, the one to whom he had said, “YouRead More »
So I was wheeling my bag along through the airport when I noticed a man and a boy wheeling their bags along next to me. (One of the benefits of getting older is invisibility. It’s great for eavesdropping.)
The man was your average nice-looking suburban dad and the boy was your average nice-looking suburbanRead More »
Earlier this week I went grocery shopping. The next day my daughter looked in the cabinets (which were filled to capacity) and complained about not having anything to eat. (I didn’t get her favorite cookies).
This caused me to reflect on my life. Over the years, there have been times at my house when theRead More »
Instead of a regular blog, the following is an anonymous note shared by a younger woman who belongs to one of our ELCA congregations. She wrote this letter to another member of her congregation, but decided not to send it.
Dear Naomi (name changed),Read More »
Today is day three with 17 women who traveled from their homes to Tanzania. We continue our journey with our sisters of the Women Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. As we travel together, Nov. 6-14, we will learn more about accompaniment, a spiritual and practical way ofRead More »
One night after work, I boarded the train for home. After two stops, I heard a loud thud and turned to see a young man writhing on the floor. I looked at the passengers near him to see how they would respond, but they went about their business. For a moment I, too, was frozen.Read More »