May 2024

WELCA board celebrates retiring executive director and looks at future plans

Last week the churchwide executive board met in Des Moines, Iowa, the site of the 2026 triennial convention and gathering. In addition to thanking Linda Post Bushkofsky for her 22 years of service as executive director, the board heard updates about 2122, the campaign to raise $1 million for Katie's Fund and more. The board also approved the position description for an interim executive director and a Women of the ELCA operational ethics policy. In addition, the board agreed to raise awareness about special units on college campuses and voted to convene an LGBTQIA+ task force, among other actions. Read a complete recap of the board meeting.

Join us for the annual leadership event

There is still time to register for this year's churchwide-sponsored leadership event. All are welcome! Sign up to experience, Servant Leader: Present, Equipped, Here. Whether you are involved in Women of the ELCA or not--there is something for you. Including worship, Bible study, speakers and breakout sessions, this year’s leadership event will reintroduce the servant leader concept and its connection to relationships and community while acknowledging the many challenges facing organizations like ours in our current context. Participants will explore the leader-full community that is Women of the ELCA.


Servant Leader: Present, Equipped, Here will occur Saturday, May 4 from 1:00-5:30 p.m. CDT. Register now. And spread the word.

Executive director announces retirement

Linda Post Bushkofsky, executive director of Women of the ELCA, announced that she will retire June 30, 2024, after 22 years of leading Women of the ELCA churchwide organization.

The executive search process has begun, with Women of the ELCA churchwide executive board president Myrna Wells-Ulland working with ELCA People Solutions (human resources) to ensure a seamless transition.

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The power of language

Sarah Carson will lead our conversation about the power of language at the next B.Y.O.D., Thursday, May 2, at 7 p.m. CDT.

Register now. All are invited to attend. Enjoy your dinner, have dessert, sip your favorite beverage or simply come and be present. It's a casual hour of faith reflections.

May devotion: When the Holy Spirit shows up

What is Pentecost about? the Holy Spirit shows up, amazing things happen, and all of a sudden we have church. It’s right there in the Bible!

Read the May devotion.

Gather magazine spotlights mental health

The May/June 2024 issue of Gather magazine spotlights the topic of mental health and wellness through articles, reflections and a free, downloadable devotional called, “Compassionate companions.” Share this resource with members of your congregation or use it in your home or Bible study group in May to observe Mental Health Awareness Month. Learn how to subscribe to Gather here.

Pentecost, Prayer and Power

In the days leading up to Pentecost, the disciples modeled for us one powerful way that support happens in community: through continuous prayer. This short program connects the disciples' experience of the days surrounding Pentecost with three areas in which we can be a blessing to others through prayer leading to action: women’s health, violence against women and clearing the “red tape” that keeps people from being fully empowered. 

Download the resource, Pentecost, Prayer and Power

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