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...

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...

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...

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?...

Deepen your faith

Explore Women of the ELCA resources Women of the ELCA offers a wide range of free downloadable resources in English and Spanish to help you grow in faith, deepen your spiritual life and engage in ministry and action. For example: “Called to be political” can help you...

When we know better, we do better

When we know better, we do better

A while back, one of my children was struggling with some behaviors that I thought might indicate a mental health issue. It created a challenging situation at home; it upset our daily life. I didn’t know where to turn. First, I talked to his elementary school teacher....

10 ways to manage your mental health

10 ways to manage your mental health

Felicia Houston, mental health specialist with ELCA-affiliated Advocate Health Care, Chicago, offers tips on how to manage your mental health. “Taking care of your mind is just as important as taking care of your body,” she says. “Protect your mental and emotional...

10 ways to manage your mental health

1. Eat healthy meals on a regular basis. Stay hydrated. By eating healthy foods that are full of vital nutrients, you can increase your overall wellbeing and decrease anxiety and stress.2. Get moving. Staying active is as good for the brain as it is for the body....

Who dies by suicide?

Who dies by suicide?

By Elise Seyfried Statistics indicate that a person who dies by suicide is most likely to be a white or Native American male, aged 55 to 75. Men are three times more likely than women to die by suicide. But statistics don’t tell a complete story. Deaths of despair...

Take the first step

Take the first step

Help create a safer world for kids. Did you know that the number of children and teens killed by gunfire in the United States increased 50 percent between 2019 and 2021, and that gun violence became the leading cause of death for U.S. children and teens in 2020? The...

Faithful eating

Faithful eating

By Ryan Cumming THE QUESTION IN MY EMAIL inbox was one of the oddest I had received as a food systems educator: “How did a plastic box of Brussels sprouts destined for a grocery store in the northeastern U.S. end up on a discount table at a farmer’s market in the Bay...