Gather, the magazine of Women of the ELCA, offers a mix of articles, theological reflections, devotions, and stories of comfort and challenge that help readers grow in faith and engage in ministry and action. Gather is published 10 times a year with combined issues in January/February and July/August. Only $15 a year.
Download and print a copy of Gather magazine's newest brochure to find out about the 2014-15 Bible study, "Transforming Life and Faith." Hang the brochure on your church bulletin board or put it in your Bible for easy reference. To receive a copy, call 800-638-3522, ext. 2730. In June, begin ordering "Transforming Life and Faith" Bible study resources from the ELCA Distribution Center: Phone 1-800-638-3522, ext. 2580 or online.
2014 Summer Study
Of Many Generations: Mary, Elizabeth, LydiaWe are women of “of many generations,” many ages, many places, and many experiences. We have a calling to come, learn, and serve together, as well as to rebuild, repair, and restore not only our own relationships, but also the world around us.
To do this we look to Scripture for stories that take us into this calling. We look for stories of women who come together, women who understand themselves to be part of a multi-generational community and who have known both challenge and joy. The author is Diane Jacobson, professor emeritus of Old Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. Read more and download all three sessions and supplemental resources now.
A new life partner, a new child, a new job, a new home: most of us recognize how our lives are changed by these experiences. In Transforming Life and Faith, we will consider how our lives and our faith journeys are transformed by the events we experience and the people we meet. In both the Old Testament and New Testament, and especially in Acts of the Apostles, we will read about people who have life-changing experiences: Paul on the road to Damascus, Moses in the wilderness of Midian, Lydia praying by a river in Macedonia, an Ethiopian man traveling from Jerusalem to Gaza. We will watch them turn to and with God as their minds, hearts, and daily lives are altered. And we will reflect on the ways we, too, have been and will be transformed and called by God to serve God's mission in the world. Download more information about the 2014-15 Bible study.
About the Author
Carol Schersten LaHurd is a lifelong teacher: Red Cross swimming lessons, high school English, parish education, and, for the past 30 years, biblical studies, Islam, and interfaith relations in colleges, seminaries, the church, and the wider community. After earning degrees from Augustana College (Illinois) and the University of Chicago, she received a Ph.D. in New Testament from the University of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She is author of “Luke’s Vision: The People of God,” the 1998 Bible study for Lutheran Woman Today (now Gather).