Recently, I worshiped and gathered with more than 20 women at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Chicago, who were interested in learning more about Women of the ELCA.
I was invited by Anna-Kari Johnson who was excited about the opportunities Women of the ELCA could offer. Anna-Kari, a member of Pilgrim where her husband, Kristian Johnson, is pastor is an advocate of our organization. She appreciates its mission “to mobilize women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ.” An associate program director for the ELCA’s Domestic Missions, Anna-Kari says she’s inspired by Katie Luther.
The opportunity to share information about our organization started this past summer when Anna-Kari asked me about a Bible study that the women of Pilgrim could use. I gave her copies of Gather magazine and put together samples of our free downloadable resources. I told them about Cafe, our e-zine for young women.
Active in ministry
More than half of the women at Pilgrim had never heard about Women of the ELCA. They are active in various ministries at their church: quilting, a mother of preschoolers group, food outreach, a book club and others.
They shared memories of women who had participated in women’s society many years ago. We shared how Women of the ELCA participants united to raise funds for solar energy at Phebe Hospital in Liberia, and how we are working to end human sex trafficking and domestic violence.
When we talked about our advocacy work, including racial justice, the women decided to become part of our organization. With their vote to join us, the Pilgrim women will now be part of Women of the ELCA.
Four simple ways
There are four simple ways to become an active unit. If you agree with the mission and purpose of Women of the ELCA, say “yes” to a community of women that gathers to support each other on their faith journey.
Are you ready to say yes?
Eva Yeo is director for membership for Women of the ELCA. Call her (773.380.2450) or email her ([email protected]) if you’d like to start a unit.