Resources for a retreat setting

You have the urge to get together with your friends and study God’s word. Women of the ELCA can help with that. We offer resources for programs that you can finish in a day or over a weekend. You decide by the amount of time you have. But, really, who wouldn’t want to get away from house chores for as long as possible? And grow in your spiritual life in the process.

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How to Have a Helpful Conversation About Race in the Church »

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In 2015, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton encouraged all ELCA Lutherans and congregations to start having conversations about race. Women of the ELCA has been having helpful conversations about racial justice since 1997. Far too many conversations about race fail to be helpful. This resource offers congregations a way to begin talking about race. The cornerstone of a conversation about race is who we are and whose we are.

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Historical Timeline of Race Relations »

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This historical timeline begins with the Doctrine of Discovery and focuses on the immigration and naturalization trends that created and preserved a mostly White nation. It culminates in the criminalization of people of color after the emancipation of the African slave.

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Listening to the Third Slave »

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This Bible study takes a fresh look at the parable of the talents in Matthew and Luke. What if the slave who tucked away the master's money wasn't lazy after all? What if he wanted to make a point?

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The Story of Peter and Cornelius »

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This Bible study on Acts 10, the story of Peter and Cornelius, can also be used in your group to introduce people to Scripture that affirms diversity as being both of God and part of the glory of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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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.

Resurrection: A Holy Discipline

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In Luke 20:36, we are called “children of the resurrection.” What does this mean? Is it a reference to a future event, the resurrection of our spiritual selves? Or might it have implications for our lives and the lives of others here and now? Consider how resurrection might appear in our everyday lives here and now with this multi-session program.

Sacred Space as Metaphor

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Sacred Space as Metaphor follows an earlier resource, Sacred Spaces. Since we know God creates a sacred space within each of us, we can live into this metaphor, embracing all that is ours in Christ and the question, “In what ways am I experiencing the life of Christ?” This resource will help you engage the sacred work of growing into Christ as a bearer and reflector of God’s grace and love for the world.

Stitches & Scripture

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This 4-session Bible study takes seven weeks and pairs seasoned knitting mentors with beginners. Novice knitters will learn several basic knitting techniques as the group makes scarves and dishcloths, perhaps to donate to others. Everyone will learn a bit about how knitting is frequently used in Scripture as a metaphor to describe God’s creative and intimate relationship with us.

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