Women of the ELCA Blog


Buoyed by companionship »

I go to “core strengthening” classes in a therapy (warm water) pool at a place called OPC, which stands for Older People’s Commission, which is why everyone calls it OPC!

As I diligently try to follow the instructor’s calls for various body movements, I am unusually quiet. I look around at the others, mostly

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Love wins »

My daisy plant opened its flowers today. I checked it last night, and it was ready to bloom but had not opened. I planted the daisies in remembrance of our wedding. My husband, Rick, and I will have shared in all the many rights of marriage for 41 years in August.

Friday was a historic

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The fires continue to burn »

Last Thursday morning, news came of a forest fire that started overnight in a local national forest. Last Thursday morning also came news of gunfire that had occurred overnight in the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. Each day since, it’s as though the smoke billowing from the fire represents the pain

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Rest and recharge »

I am tired. I have so much on my plate. I am an elementary music teacher preparing three programs in three weeks. I am a devoted Nebraska Synodical Women’s Organization board member trying to make contact with every congregation in our synod with a women’s group. I am a busy mom of

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Be wise as thou art cruel »

I’ve said some mighty cruel words about poetry in my adult life. Still, as a 16-year-old, I wrote a lot of it. (What teen didn’t?) I was in love many times back then, and paper, pen and poetry was my release. The thought of those verses today makes my face blaze. (Though I

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Fit body, fit brain »

When I attended public schools in the Chicagoland area (K-12), physical education was an important part of the school day. At least an hour of play time was structured into each day (two 15 minutes of recess and a 30 minute break following lunch).

We even had to go outside for recess on those

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Peace not brawls »

The first item listed on my calendar the other morning was “School Ends.” I rejoiced and exhaled for a minute!

This is the end of the school year for my 15-year-old son. He made it through his first year in high school. It’s been an eye-opening experience as he faced many new challenges at a

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Junia: prominent among the apostles »

It’s truly amazing how God is always at work in our lives.

Years ago, when a female pastor was at our church, I started learning about feminism. While I was a child of the early feminist movement, I spent much of that time with my brain filled with Barbie dreams. So I seemed to

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