August 2013
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What does stewardship look like in your Women of the ELCA unit and how do your dollars make a difference? These are two questions you're asked to consider in  Your Offerings at Work, the new stewardship guide. Your Offerings at Work is designed to help you live out your vision for stewardship today, while continuing the historic tradition of bold giving. 



It's the start of a new school year, and whether you're a teacher or have kids in school or not, who can resist new pencils and notebooks? It's a season of new beginnings, full of promise and potential. Within the ELCA we have some new beginnings too. Read about the election of Elizabeth Eaton as presiding bishop.

It may not be what churchwide assembly planners had in mind when the theme of this year's churchwide assembly--"Always being made new"--was selected, but few things can embody that theme better than the history-making, Spirit-infused election that occurred in Pittsburgh earlier this month. Forty-three years after women were first ordained in the American Lutheran tradition, Elizabeth Eaton was elected presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Read our executive director's reflections on this historic election.Learn more about Eaton, bishop of the ELCA Northeastern Ohio Synod, from a Time interview along with articles in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and at Eaton will be installed as presiding bishop on October 5 at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel in Chicago. 



While the election of Elizabeth Eaton as presiding bishop was the main news of the ELCA Churchwide Assembly, many other actions were taken by the voting members, including the passage of a social statement on criminal justice and the approval of a five-year fundraising campaign. Jennifer Michael, churchwide president of Women of the ELCA, brought greetings. Her message stirred the voting members to applause when they learned that in the past 25 years, Women of the ELCA has:

* Supported and sustained over 7,000 congregational units; 

* Won over 150 awards for excellence for resources, content, programing and publications; 

* Provided over $500,000 in scholarships to Lutheran women; 

* Given over $3.5 million in grants to ministries both internationally and here at home; and

* Contributed more than $16 million toward the ongoing ministries of the ELCA.


Nominations for churchwide leadership in the 2014-2017 triennium are being received through November 30, 2013. Nominations are being accepted for secretary, treasurer and board members.The president and vice president are elected at the convention by nominating ballot, so no advance nominations are needed for these two positions.The Ninth Triennial Convention of Women of the ELCA will be held July 22-24, 2014, in Charlotte, N.C.  


Last month we introduced two of the featured speakers at of many generations, the 2014 Triennial Gathering: Susan Sparks, pastor, lawyer and comedian, and Becca Stevens, pastor, writer and social innovator. Before registration for the July 24-27, 2014 event opens on September 16, learn more about the women leading conversations at the gathering.

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