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. A print subscription is $15 a year. Digital access (computer, iPad, Android) is free to print subscribers.
This Advent, as we wait for Jesus' coming, we prepare our hearts and minds to see what God calls us to do. Download the Advent devotional in the December 2015 issue of Gather.
Christian Citizenship 101
In the winter of 2015–16, our four-session Bible study is an exploration of the book of Philippians, written by E. Louise Williams and the Rev. Phyllis N. Kersten, two regular contributors to Gather (and our former publication Lutheran Woman Today). Louise and Phyllis wrote the 1990 Women of the ELCA Bible study, “Companions on Your Journey.” Phyllis, a retired pastor, lives in a suburb of Chicago, and Louise, executive director emerita of the Lutheran Deaconess Association, lives in Valparaiso, Ind.
“Philippians is a wonderful book,” the authors write. “Paul had founded the Christian church in Philippi a number of years before and now writes to encourage them. Even though he is imprisoned, Paul does not seem downcast or discouraged. On the contrary, he thinks his suffering might have positive results for the gospel’s continued extension in the world.”
Session 1: Confidence in God’s beginnings and endings (Philippians 1:1-26)
Session 2: Servant-shaped soldiers (Philippians 1:27-2:18)
Session 3: Being of one mind (Philippians 2:19-4:3)
Session 4: Keep on keeping on (Philippians 4:4-23)