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Our Purpose Statement

“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.”

2024 Leadership Event: Servant Leader, Present, Equipped, Here

You are invited to Servant Leader: Present, Equipped, Here—this year’s churchwide-sponsored leadership event. It’s open to all, whether involved in Women of the ELCA or not. Including worship, Bible study, speakers and breakout sessions, this year’s leadership event will reintroduce the servant leader concept and its connection to relationships and community while acknowledging the many challenges facing organizations like ours in our current context. Participants will explore the leader-full community that is Women of the ELCA. Spread the word!

Servant Leader: Present, Equipped, Here will occur Saturday, May 4 from 1:00-5:30 p.m. CDT.

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Daily Grace

Servant leadership

“Lead from the back–and let others believe they are in front.” –Nelson Mandela Good leaders empower their teams. Good leaders

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Synodical Women's Organizations receive $1,000 seed grants through Katie's Fund

Northern Great Lakes

The Katie’s Fund grant to the Northern Great Lakes Synodical Women’s Organization (SWO) supported ministries in two ways. The SWO gave the Upper Peninsula Human Trafficking Task Force a portion of the grant, directing it to victim support. The SWO used the remaining portion to fund scholarships for first-time attendees to its synodical convention/retreat in October 2023. Might Northwestern Ohio and Northern Great Lakes work together to expand their anti-trafficking work? Other SWOs can help, like Northwestern Pennsylvania, for example. Read the full list of recipients.

Southeastern Minnesota

The women in the Southeastern Minnesota Synodical Women’s Organization (SWO) chose to use the seed grant for ministries within the synod’s two companion synods. A portion went to the Women’s Department of the Central Diocese Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania to fund a seminar for 26 women leaders from the 11 districts of the Central Diocese. The seminar focused on leadership, homosexuality and the importance of taking care of families. A portion of the grant funded a weekend retreat for women pastors of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia (IELCO). During each event the women recorded video greetings that were shared at the SWO convention in September. Read the full list of recipients.

northwest Synod of Wisconsin

To foster global connections, the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin Synodical Women’s Organization (SWO) used a portion of its grant to support the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi, its companion synod, in their goal of supplying as many villages as possible with their own well. With another portion of the grant, the SWO chose to give subscriptions to WELCA’s Gather magazine to women in our synod. Ten subscriptions were given, with eight going to new subscribers and two as renewal subscriptions. The final portion of our money funded five scholarships to a conference-sponsored retreat, open to the entire SWO. Three of the scholarships were awarded to returning attendees and two went to those attending for the very first time. Read the full list of recipients.

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View photos of the 2023 Just Love Gathering, Phoenix!

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Twelfth Triennial Convention

Triennial convention photos

The Twelfth Triennial Convention of Women of the ELCA was held in Phoenix, Az, September 19-21, 2023.

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A $1 million campaign for Katie’s Fund

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.


Recursos de programas en Español

Mujeres de la ELCA ofrece recursos de programas gratuitos y descargables, todos en inglés y muchos en español, para ayudarlo a crecer en la fe y participar en el ministerio y la acción.


Extending an invitation

We all have opportunities to invite and to say yes to the invitations before us — in our churches, schools, and neighborhoods.

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Render unto Caesar

by Ely Smith Today, April 15, is Tax Day. Working for H&R Block, I have helped hundreds of Americans render

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Linda Post Bushkofsky to retire as Women of the ELCA executive director, effective June 30.

by Women of the ELCA staff Linda Post Bushkofsky, executive director of Women of the ELCA, announced that she will

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Reliving the story

“Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed!  Alleluia!” Familiar words this time of year, but sometimes I wonder if we’ve

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