In the 1950s, my grandfather planted pine trees on his farm. When I visited the farm a couple of years ago, I noticed brand-new baby trees at the edge of the forest. My grandfather’s Alpine pines remind me of community and making space for new growth.
Like the pine trees, Women of the ELCA should create space for new ideas and new participants. But we should also appreciate the support and nourishment of our current community. We must be intentional about supporting new growth, but we must nurture relationships in our faith communities, as well.
Have you been intentional about creating and maintaining new growth in your women’s group? How do you include new people in your community?
This message is an excerpt from a Women of the ELCA blog by Elizabeth McBride. Today we remember Oscar Arnulfo Romero, bishop of El Salvador, martyr, who died in 1980.