Tears, thorns and the power to recover from failure
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“As a community of women created in the image of God, called to discipleship in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to grow in faith, affirm our gifts, support one another in our callings, engage in ministry and action, and promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society, and the world.”
“Jesus and nature: Teachers of Faith” by the Rev. Sara Olson-Smith
Jesus often turned to the natural world in teaching, opening our eyes to see creation not just as something to be cared for, but as our teacher and kindred. It is no mistake that Jesus, who lovingly spoke of soil and plants, was thought to be a gardener that first Easter morning. This three-session Bible study will shift our perspectives and allow nature to be our teacher, through the words of Jesus and other parts of Scripture. The trees, the soil and the creatures will offer us new perspectives on the character of God and challenge us to deepen our stewardship of God’s precious creation. Download a PDF of Session 1
September 2022, Session 1: “Trees,” will tap into Biblical images of trees and explore why planting and protecting trees is important, while rooting us in models of interdependence and mutuality.
Katharina von Bora Luther was a practical and bold woman of faith. Through Katie’s Fund, Women of the ELCA honors her life by supporting global connections, leadership development and living theology.
2122 is a $1 million campaign for Katie’s Fund that is designed to support the organization into the next 100 years of mission and ministry. Learn ways you can give to the campaign.
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. The 2015 Rachel’s Day resource includes a litany for use in a special Rachel’s Day service. En Español.
Close to 400 women from throughout the church participated in an online leadership event February 17-19, 2022, under the theme, For Such a Time as This: Spirit fed, Spirit led. Together they explored the challenges faced by Lutheran women (the challenges in our world as well as those within our organization). They explored the book of Esther, learning how Queen Vashti’s “no” made it possible for Esther to say “yes” to helping her people. They explored the hallmarks of servant leadership and investigated planning strategies. They worshipped God. And now these women are ready to respond to such a time as this.
Videos of both days are available at the link below.
Our community of women called to discipleship in Jesus Christ is built on a foundation of friendship, faithfulness, and hope for our future together. You can help firm up our foundation of faith and hope by joining Faithful Friends, our monthly giving program.
Download this welcome flyer and print as many copies as you need to introduce future participants to Women of the ELCA. Use it as a quick guide to find our web address and contact information.
Descargue este folleto de bienvenida e imprima tantas copias como necesite para dar a conocer nuestra organización a futuras participantes de mujeres de la ELCA. Utilícelo como una guía breve para contactarnos.
A Place for You is available in PowerPoint and is perfect for new members and outreach efforts. Get to know the mission and ministry of Women of the ELCA with this PowerPoint, available in English and Spanish. Once you download the PowerPoint you can add slides and include information unique to your ministry.