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Gather, the magazine of Women of the ELCA, offers a mix of articles, theological reflections, devotions and stories of comfort and challenge that help readers grow in faith and engage in ministry and action.

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Radical hospitality

Radical hospitality

I recently returned from a remote village in rural northwest Alaska. I’d been attending a regional Lutheran conference there. The highlight—aside from hours of singing gospel hymns and participating in business meetings—was visiting people in their homes and accepting...

Tell us

Tell us

Gather magazine is asking women from across the ELCA for true, brief reflections about their holiday traditions. Do you (or your family, congregation or community) participate in a special tradition/activity that makes the Advent or Christmas season more meaningful?...

War impacts a Lutheran-run hospital in the Holy Land 

War impacts a Lutheran-run hospital in the Holy Land 

The war in Gaza had been going on for six months. It was the week before Easter, and the third week of Ramadan. The Old City of Jerusalem, normally packed with pilgrims, seemed deserted. “Look around you; this is not like Easter,” Bishop Sani Ibrahim Azar of the...

Resources for an election season

Resources for an election season

Summer 2024 “After certainty: A biblical guide” by the Rev. Dr. Meghan Johnston Aelabouni A global pandemic, political upheaval, a changing climate… these days, the future is more uncertain than it has ever been. Or is it? For the people of the Bible, life was often...

Listening to loneliness

Listening to loneliness

I didn’t grow up deprived of opportunities to make friends. I had a loving family. I enjoyed playing with my little brother. Still, I always felt like I was missing something. Whenever a house went up for sale on our block, I would pray that a little girl would move...