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Here you can learn what is happening now and in the near future with Women of the ELCA. From synodical events to the triennial gathering, we’ll keep you up to date on all of our news and events.

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Bring an end to gender-based violence

Bring an end to gender-based violence »

"It is more important than ever for us to join together in one strong voice and say enough to gender-based violence and its root causes of discrimination, inequality, and violations of economic and social rights,” says Dr. Radhika Balakrishnan, Executive Director of the Center for Global Women's Leadership, global coordinator of the 16 Days Campaign....
It's all about #AdventAction

It's all about #AdventAction »

How will you be observing Advent this year? We've got some great suggestions....
Newly-formed executive board meets, deliberates

Newly-formed executive board meets, deliberates »

The churchwide executive board for the 2014-2017 triennium held its first meeting in Chicago, October 17-18.

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Bishop's address now available on Youtube

Bishop's address now available on Youtube »

Bishop Eaton's address from the Ninth Triennial Gathering, Charlotte, N.C., July 25, 2014.

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Katie's Fund exceeds goal, continues growth

Katie's Fund exceeds goal, continues growth »

Katie’s Fund has exceeded the goal of reaching $1 million prior to the Ninth Triennial Gathering, and stood at $1,051,112 at the beginning of the event. "What if $1 million is just the beginning?” asked Emma Crossen, director for stewardship and development.

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Women of the ELCA concludes convention »

Bishop Eaton meets people

 
Esther Prabhakar, Northern Illinois, and other delegates greet ELCA presiding bishop Elizabeth Eaton

 
 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. –The Ninth Triennial Convention of Women of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) concluded here July 24 with the installation of new officers and members of the Women of the ELCA churchwide executive board. The convention, which took place at the Charlotte Convention Center July 22-24, is Women of the ELCA's highest legislative authority with delegates elected by each of the 64 synodical women's organizations.

Delivering her final report July 22 as president of Women of the ELCA, Jennifer Michael told the convention, “I am continuing to grow into who God has meant me to be. And it could never have happened, never have happened, without being a participant in Women of the ELCA.”

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Bishop installs officers, board »

New board again

 
 The newly elected officers of the executive board, l-r, Patti Austin, president; Jody Smiley, vice president; Becky Shurson, secretary; and Ely Smith, treasurer, are presented for installation by the presiding bishop.

 
 

 CHARLOTTE, N.C. --The newly elected officers and executive board members of Women of the ELCA were installed July 24 during the closing service of the Ninth Triennial Convention of Women of the ELCA, which met at the Charlotte Convention Center here July 22-24. The installation began with a reading from Romans 12:5 by ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton.

“As in one body we have many members and not all the members have the same function, so we who are many are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another,” read Eaton. “We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, prophecy in proportion to faith, ministry in ministering, the teacher in teaching, the exhorter in exhortation, the giver in generosity, the leader in diligence, the compassionate in cheerfulness.”

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Bishop speaks to triennial delegates »

Bishop Eaton

 
ELCA Presiding Bishop gae a 'State of the ELCA' address to the Ninth Triennial Convention July 24.

 
 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), said part of the reason why women now serve as ordained pastors in the ELCA “is because of the work done by Women of the ELCA and predecessor church bodies.”

Reporting on the “State of the ELCA” to the more than 360 delegates of the Ninth Triennial Convention of Women of the ELCA, which met at the Charlotte Convention Center here July 24, Eaton expressed her gratitude for Women of the ELCA, who “worked tirelessly” for the ordination of women. “I need to say thank you for the work that you and your sisters have done.”

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