Resources for personal use

Women of the ELCA offers a multitude of programs and resources to help you grow in your spiritual life.

Here we offer you a list of resources that can be used when you are alone at your kitchen table with a cup of coffee. Now that sounds like heaven.

Don’t forget to check out our Spanish-language resources.

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Rachel's Day

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This new resource offers step-by-step information on how you can carry out a service project that helps incarcerated mothers and fathers read to their children. Your congregation donates books, blank tapes, and recorders, and then volunteers help parents choose a book, record it, and mail the recording to their children. Rachel’s Day is observed by Women of the ELCA annually on the first Sunday in May, though it can be observed any time of the year. It is a time set aside to mourn the loss of our children and to renounce the forces of violence and fear.

Our Journey to Wellness

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We are called to be Christ’s light in the world, and when we care for our whole being—body, mind, and spirit—we are most able to do that. Learn how in Our Journey to Wellness.

Listening to God


This resource was written for Women of the ELCA by Debra Farrington, a popular author and motivational speaker. It consists of six flexible hour-long sessions exploring what it means for an individual to discern God's hopes and desires for her life and what it means for a group to discern what their God-given gifts are for ministry. Ideal for a small group in either a retreat or workshop setting.

Celebrating Bold Women's Day

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Celebrating Bold Women’s Day is full of ideas to make your celebration special. Whether you're planning one event, many events or even just want to observe Bold Women's Day individually, this resource is a handy planning guide.

A Thoughtful Prayer Life

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A Thoughtful Prayer Life: Making time and space for what matters explores some of Martin Luther’s and Deitrich Bonhoeffer’s thoughts on prayer. You’re invited to consider times at work where you feel particularly prayerful and reflect on times of trouble that drive you to prayer, among other things. This resource includes a hands-on bead making activity.

A Different Kind of Journey: Advent as a Walk, Not a Sprint


A Different Kind of Journey offers several practices to explore, each helping you discover what is waiting to be born in you in the upcoming Advent season. Whichever of the practices you adopt, you are invited to follow Mary's example and ponder things in your heart as we await the coming of Jesus.

Gifts for You: Opening Your Spiritual Gifts

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Discovering or recovering your spiritual gifts and exploring how you can better use them is part of growing in faith and discipleship. Gifts for You, complete with two Bible studies, will help you in that discovery with its spiritual gifts assessment.

Knitting as a Spiritual Practice

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Knitting, a once grandmotherly craft, has been rediscovered. New generations of women are toting their knitting bags around, making scarves, hats and prayer shawls. Knitting has also emerged as a spiritual practice that opens a way to meditation. Understand the connection between craft and spirituality with his simple scarf project that will help you practice deliberate focus and meet the Divine as you work.

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