Find out all of the important information about the Just Love Gathering at your finger tips with the Just Love Gathering app! PLEASE NOTE: The app was not pre-populated with the names of everyone who has registered. You have to add your own information into the app. You control what information is shared.
Workshops allow you to grow your faith, explore new possibilities and connect with other women. These workshops offer practical, take-home information you can share with others. These are 90-minute workshops. No advance registration is required.
Servant Events allow you to grow your faith. They will bring you to an “ah-ha” that will shift your thinking, connecting your mind, heart, and hands in service. These servant events, Just Love Laboratories, where “just love” can be explored and experienced through conversations, best practices, and new thinking while lab leaders from local and churchwide ministries guide you. Those lab leaders come with boots-on-the-ground experience. Each afternoon the laboratory motif creates high energy collaboration, inviting you to join and work together to answer questions and engage in conversations and activities to ground your “whys.” You’ll be motivated for doing ministry even though the constant hum of society and culture portrays opposite stories about migration, immigration, and human trafficking.
Share your experience of a previous triennial gathering with the women in your network. Download this PowerPoint template and add your story to encourage more women to attend the event!
Wear your Just Love t-shirt and SHARE the love. Registration for pre-ordering your t-shirt has ended. A limited quantity may be available for purchase on site at the Book Store in the Exhibit Hall
Quilters of all abilities are invited to create a quilt interpreting the Just Love Gathering theme. The challenge comes not only in interpreting the gathering theme but also in working within certain rules. A new twist this year is that the quilt can be rendered in any shape, as long as the finished perimeter is within 60 to 100 inches. Round, rectangular, triangular? The possibilities are many!
The challenge is open to all women who are members of ELCA congregations. The quilt must be the work of a single individual; no group or two person quilts will be accepted. The quilt must be constructed and quilted by the person named on the entry blank. The quilter need not be planning to attend the Just Love Gathering to participate in the quilt challenge, but why not join the fun in Phoenix too?
Want some inspiration? Or maybe you just enjoy looking at the creativity found in past quilt challenges? Take a look at the Black&White+One challenge, from our last gathering in 2017.
Quilts with the completed form and payment must arrived in the churchwide office by August 4, 2023.
For complete instructions, a downloadable fact sheet is available here.
Operation Just Love calls us to continue to use these gifts of urgency, unity, and unleashed generosity to not only meet the immediate needs of those served by our six in-kind gifts recipients but to also make it possible for them to catch up with room to breathe.
This tradition of collecting in-kind gifts to bless our host city is a feeding of the 5,000 kind of effort. No one must do more than they can do, and all can participate. Women of the ELCA participants never cease to amaze with its generosity.
The Raising Up Healthy Women and Girls 5K Run, Walk ‘n’ Roll will not only give others the opportunity to support the health initiative, it will be our public witness to the Phoenix downtown community and city. Join us in participating and raise money to support women!
Our event takes place in the heart of downtown Phoenix.
Phoenix Convention Center
100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
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The Phoenix Convention Center does not accept cash payments, so plan on using a debit/credit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay for any purchases. The center offers cash-to-card machines that generate debit cards; these can be used at the convention center and any other outlet that accepts debit cards.
The Valley Metro Light Rail offers a convenient and affordable way to get from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport to Downtown Phoenix. The Light Rail runs seven days a week, arriving every 20 minutes. The cost is $2 for a one-way ticket for $4 for a day pass.
From the air port:
1. Follow signs to the free PHX Sky Train® from Terminal 3 or 4 to the 44th Street PHX Sky Train® Station.
2. From there, follow the walkway with moving sidewalks on level 2 to the elevator and take the escalator down to the Valley Metro Rail platform at 44th Street and Washington.
3. Purchase a ticket at the 44th St/Washington Valley Metro Rail station and board a westbound train taking you into downtown Phoenix.
4. Exit close to your hotel: Sheraton Phoenix Downtown, Hyatt Regency Phoenix & Phoenix Convention Center use the exit at 3rd Street/Washington
For more information, including light rail maps and schedules, visit the Valley Metro website:
On foot or bikes, Downtown Phoenix Ambassadors can be found throughout the downtown area, providing assistance to visitors. Whether you need directions, a restaurant recommendation, or a walking escort, these ambassadors are there to make your visit to Phoenix a safe, enjoyable, and memorable experience. Look for people wearing orange shirts with “ASK ME” on the back.
Those interested in becoming an exhibitor or vendor at our Gathering 2023 must complete the appropriate form before registering for the Gathering. The deadline to turn in your forms is June 30, 2023.
Exhibitor and Vendor form
An exhibitor displays items and resources of interest in their exhibit space. Resources and products must relate to the theme and mission of Women of the ELCA. A vendor is a person or business that sells items in their exhibit space.