What would you say if someone asked you why you care about Women of the ELCA? I mean, clearly you do – you wouldn’t be reading this blog if you didn’t. But why do you care? What makes you care enough to spend your precious time and thought and energy with the women’s ministry of the church? What one thing would you say to someone who asked you that question?
Wow! Deep stuff for a mere blog post, right? But it’s important. Thinking about why we care about something leads to our being able to tell others why we care. And that’s what draws people to come and discover something they can care about too.
Okay, I’ll go first.
Here’s one thing I’d tell someone who asked me why I care about Women of the ELCA: Because here I find companions on my faith journey, companions who affirm the way I live my faith, even if their way of living their faith is different than mine.
Here’s an example. I find deep satisfaction in the rituals that have been part of worship for centuries – yes, I confess, I’m a liturgy nerd. One of my companions on the journey finds her bliss in advocacy and inspiring others to service – yes, she cheerfully says, she’s a justice junkie. We live our faith in different ways, but together, we affirm and enrich each other’s growth in faith.
That’s one reason I care about Women of the ELCA.
Now it’s your turn! What’s one reason you care about Women of the ELCA?
Audrey Novak Riley is Director for Stewardship and Development for Women of the ELCA.
Photo by James Vaughan. Used with permission.