As Women of the ELCA, we have a long tradition of drawing on support from one another. Martin Luther referred to this as “mutual consolation.” In our congregational groups, we walk together through cancer, divorce, death, job loss, and more. We mentor each other in the faith. We celebrate births, graduations, new jobs, and other milestones, large and small. And we do this while immersed in God’s word, month in and month out.
“An openness to change and the ability to allow for diversity in functioning shall be among the desired results of the structure of this organization.” That’s one of the principles of Women of the ELCA. We can’t predict what life will be like after the pandemic subsides. What we do know, however, is that being open to change will allow our organization to move into the future, supporting Lutheran women and living out our baptismal promises.
This message is an excerpt from “Grace notes: Living with uncertainty” by Linda Post Bushkofsky in the June 2020 issue of Gather magazine. Today is the 17th Sunday after Pentecost.