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The dance is on

The dance is on

Representatives of Women of the ELCA’s synodical organizations met in Chicago Feb. 20-22 where they gave more than $4,200 in gift cards to a local COPresidentsorganization that works to end human trafficking in Chicago.

The group, including 60 presidents, two vice presidents and six executive board members, wrote letters to government officials protesting human trafficking, tied about 50 fleece blankets for Lutheran World Relief, and learned a little about line dancing.

The theme of this year’s conference was “The Dance is On,” and the goal of the meeting included developing leadership skills and fostering community among fellow presidents, board members and staff.

Executive Board President Patti Austin addressed the group saying, “We have a group of diverse, thoughtful, intelligent and bold women. And we are poised to do some great things in the coming months.” She mentioned several ways in which women are acting boldly following the Triennial Gathering last summer in Charlotte, including “working to put an end to human trafficking of women and children, ‘modern day slavery.’”

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