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Helpless? No! »

The statistics are overwhelming. One in three women has experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. One in five women has experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner. One in seven women has experienced stalking victimization. On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to

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From our archives: Meeting God in music »

Note: Today we’re pulling from our archives. This was first posted on February 20, 2012.

I visited a friend’s congregation recently and heard a message that has stayed on my mind. It was part of a sermon series called “God and my iPod” and the pastor was

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Rest »

So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation. (Genesis 2:3).

The old saying goes: “Man may work from sun to sun but woman’s work is never done.” Too often, I find

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Starting a unit »

My efforts to support congregational, inter-congregational and special units is ongoing.  I receive phone calls, emails and referrals from women that are interested in starting a new unit in their congregation but often they don’t know where to start. Some calls are from women that want to learn more about our resources so they can

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Acts of kindness »

I’ve had a few health struggles over the last year (doctors think it’s an auto-immune disease). One day earlier this month I was having some issues with lightheadedness and nausea, so I decided to take a cab home from work, rather than walk to the train.

A guy

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We all need support »

By the time you read this, a new chapter of my life has already begun: college. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, today is in fact my Northwestern University Move-In Day!

I can honestly say that as I’m writing this, feelings of nervousness and excitement are rushing over me at just the thought of moving my things in

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Mother Goose »

I usually spend my long commute home listening to a popular radio show. Every day the host poses a question for the “grown folks” conversation. He begins with a back story that explains what prompted the question.

Distracted by the traffic report (50 more minutes), the host

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Lessons learned »

September 26 will be my last day on the staff of Women of the ELCA. I am leaving to move to Los Angeles with my husband, Andy. It has been a privilege to serve this organization as director for stewardship and development for the past three

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