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This year, Women of the ELCA celebrates 30 years of mobilizing women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ.

One way you can celebrate with us is by joining more than 2,000 women at the Tenth Triennial Gathering in Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 13-16, 2017. This will be a time to

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Offering hospitality to our global sisters »

I have been preparing for the arrival of international guests to the Women of the ELCA Tenth Triennial Gathering, July 13-16, in Minneapolis. I pray that with each invitation we issue to our companion churches in other countries, they see the importance of appointing a woman to travel to the U.S.

Rightly, some in other countries

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A death in the family »

Recently there was a death in the family of one of my in-laws. Unexpected and sudden, it affected all of us deeply.

My family, including my children, had trouble absorbing this. Not only were we all grieving for a caring person we’d enjoyed seeing at family gatherings, but we were grieving for our family’s family

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What’s love got to do with it? »

Love has been sentimentalized. Too often, it is stripped of its suffering and its passion—all that appears to have remained is the heart shape.

But suffering and love go hand in hand – especially in the Bible. The sacrifices of Leviticus outline a bloody method for appeasing an angry and holy God. The life force

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Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine »

Last Saturday, there was a peaceful demonstration for civil rights for immigrants in my little suburb. I thought about going. But, well, it was chilly out, I had laundry to do, and besides, there’d be hundreds of other people there. What difference could one more make, anyway?

So I stayed home and clicked “Like” on the

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How do your quilts and kits get where needed? »

By Ling Guo

Elsie Stromberg, a refugee during World War II, recalls receiving a school kit that made it possible for her to attend school.

She now makes quilts and kits for today’s refugees. Elsie said
it pains her to see violence disrupting the lives of so many people. For her, education is a priority – “If you

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A good book keeps reality at bay »

I’m at that thrilling stage between books: the time when I select the author I’ll spend my next several weeks with. (I’m a slow reader, slipping into bed, taking up my book, and soon listening to my own soft snoring.)

This New Year, I made an irresolute resolution to read more nonfiction, though I prefer to immerse

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Jesus the workaholic »

After my parents divorced when I was in middle school, there wasn’t always a lot of money to go around.

To keep the household going, my mother worked five days a week at an elementary school, spent her weekends cutting hair and attended night classes to earn her bachelor’s degree.

She worked hard to build a life

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