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February 2015Published February, 25, 2015
LIFTING UP WOMEN
In March, we celebrate Women's History Month, a time to highlight how women today and in history have contributed to society. As Lutherans, we have a special woman in our lives: Katie von Bora. And Women of the ELCA has a free downloadable resource to honor her. In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued a presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8, 1980, as National Women's History Week. How are you celebrating the special women in your life?
THE DANCE IS ON
Representatives of Women of the ELCA's synodical organizations met in Chicago Feb. 20-22 where they gave more than $4,200 in gift cards to a local organization that works to end human
trafficking in Chicago.
The group, including 60 presidents, two vice presidents and six executive board members, wrote
letters to government officials protesting human trafficking, tied about 50 fleece blankets for
Lutheran World Relief, and learned a little about line dancing. Read more.
YOU ARE INVITED TO BUY DIAPERS
Women of the ELCA groups are invited to join ELCA youth in collecting diapers for their in-kind gifts to Detroit. Connect with young people in your congregation who are going to the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering to find out how you can help. Perhaps a gift of money would be easiest for the youth to carry. If so, they could buy diapers in Detroit and help its economy.
PUTTING PHEBE ON THE GRID
The Northeastern Minnesota SWO is working with the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL) to bring electricity to Phebe Hospital in Liberia. The synod is attempting to raise $200,000 as a part of a project to offer solar power to Phebe Hospital. More information can be found on their synod website. A story about the project is in the Pine Lakes Echo Journal. Learn more about 2014 convention action on Phebe hospital and human trafficking.
MAKING A FASHION COMEBACK
It seems pillowcase dresses are making a fashion comeback. And Women of the ELCA in Waterloo, Iowa, are the initiators. An article in the Feb. 23 issue of Huffington Post lifts up the fashion design of the congregations of Our Savior's, Redeemer and Zion Lutheran churches who aim "to make a difference in the lives of girls half way around the world." A Facebook posting about the article brought comments from other Women of the ELCA groups that are also making pillowcase dresses. Read more.
Published January 28, 2015
HOW DO YOU #ACTBOLDLY?
We're all about mobilizing women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ. (That's our mission, you know!) How are you acting boldly this day? And how will you celebrate your boldness and that of other women in your community on Bold Women's Day? Our annual celebration is February 22. Check out our website for celebration ideas. Use the #actboldly hashtag in your witness. Post info and photos about your celebration on our BWD Facebook event page.
UPDATED BROCHURE NOW READY
When you want to tell a friend about Women of the ELCA, how do you do it? You share stories. Stories about how you connect with our mission, the fellowship you share, the service and advocacy in which you engage. And then, you give the friend our brochure, "A Place For You" which explains our mission and purpose with photos and words.
"A Place For You" has been updated and is now available through our e-store. You may order up to 25 copies; you pay just for shipping and handling. Consider getting brochures to have ready on Bold Women's Day as you invite women to join in our mission and purpose.
"Un lugar para ti," the Spanish version of the brochure, has been updated too and will be available within the next two weeks from our e-store as well.
ARE YOU WATCHING "A PATH APPEARS"?
"A Path Appears" is a three-part documentary aired on PBS's Independent Lens that explores gender inequality, the impact of poverty and the ripple effect that ensues. The first episode aired in most markets last night and included the story of Thistle Farms, founded by the Rev. Becca Stevens.
Those who attended the Ninth Triennial Gathering will remember the inspiring words of Becca Stevens, the resilient women of Thistle Farms and the fabulous products they sold in our exhibit hall.
Check your local listings to watch the next two episodes. You can watch the first episode online for just one week. Consider participating in a local screening. Check out the toolkit you can use in hosting a local discussion.
For any congregational unit wanting to respond to our Ninth Triennial Convention actions on human trafficking, "A Path Appears" website has a great listing of organizations working in this and related areas.
The documentary is based on the book A Path Appears, written by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, authors of the best-selling Half the Sky.
SHARE THE WORD WITH YOUNG ADULTS YOU KNOW
Seven trips to the Holy Land are planned for young adult high school graduates who are between the ages of 18 and 30. The trips, to happen this year, are coordinated by ELCA Young Adult Ministry and the ELCA Peace Not Walls Campaign. Go to this web page for basic information. Then click on the links in the black navigation bar, such as "Indiana-Kentucky" or "Metro Chicago" to learn the details about each of the trips. The deadline to sign up is February 28, 2015. Some funding assistance will be available through Women of the ELCA's Katie's Fund.
WE'RE TALKING ABOUT
Join the conversation at the Women of the ELCA blog.
Published December 18, 2014
JOY TO THE WORLD!
We hope that your Advent preparations have richly blessed you. We wish you a deep peace as our waiting for Christmas comes to a close. May Mary's boldness and faithfulness inspire you. We are glad and grateful for your participation in our community of women, and we look forward to a great year together in 2015. Joy to you this Christmas season--and always.
Churchwide executive board and staff of Women of the ELCA
THANK GOD, AND LET'S GET GOING!
Our presiding bishop, Elizabeth Eaton, challenged the Women of the ELCA in her keynote address to our Triennial Gathering last summer. She said:
"We have already been given everything that we need, by the Holy Spirit, to be the church in the world. We have everything. Everything. So when people start saying 'there isn't enough' and 'we can't' and 'yes, but,' just say 'Thank God, and let's get going!'"
Her words echo in my mind as I go over the hopes and plans of the churchwide women's organization. “We have everything. Everything."
Women of the ELCA is almost entirely supported by your gifts and the gifts of women like you throughout our church. Thank you for your faithful generosity!
Bishop Eaton's inspiring words remind me that as a churchwide community of women, we have an abundance of gifts--vision, money, time, talent, commitment, strength, and ideas. Her challenge calls us to respond by giving thanks for all that we have--and to get going by putting those gifts to work in ministry!
Will you join me by clicking here and making a generous gift to Women of the ELCA today?
A few days before Bishop Eaton spoke, the Ninth Triennial Convention of Women of the ELCA set priorities for the next three years. Among the actions taken, we committed to:
- raise awareness and prevention of human trafficking.
- work against bullying and be champions for the safety of children in congregations.
- support the initiative of the Northeastern Minnesota Synodical Women's Organization to provide solar power to Phebe Hospital in Liberia.
- make our congregations places of hospitality and pray for guidance in responding to the humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied children entering the United States.
- continue our ongoing programs of leadership development, Bible study, scholarships, grants, and published resources that equip women in thousands of congregations to carry out bold and creative ministry.
Thanks be to God, we have work to do. Thanks be to God, we have everything we need to do it. Your gift today will equip Women of the ELCA to step boldly into the work before us. Thank you for your generous support. Thank God, and let's get going!
Linda Post Bushkofsky
PRE-REGISTRATION SAVINGS END DECEMBER 31, 2014
More than 500 women have already preregistered for the Tenth Triennial Gathering to be held July 13-16, 2017, in Minneapolis, Minn. Join the crowd and preregister before the end of this year and you get a discounted registration fee of just $280.
What else is happening in 2017? It's the 500th anniversary of the Reformation! And we'll be sure to offer many ways to observe that milestone when we gather in Minneapolis.
WE'RE TALKING ABOUT
Racial justice advocates
Join the conversation at the Women of the ELCA blog.
TAKE A LOOK!
We invited you to share stories of how you proclaimed the good news of God in Christ through word and deed during Advent 2014 using the #AdventAction hashtag. The results are in! Take a look at our #tagboard.