For everything there is a season

For everything there is a season

by Joy McDonald Coltvet For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1 Transitions are a part of life. In a fast-paced culture, it can even seem like that’s the only way of life. Change. Change. Change. Even things that we may have thought of as unchanging have […]

New beginnings of college

New beginnings of college

by Jennifer Hall As I prepare for my first year of college, I’m very excited for all the new things to come. But I’m also feeling overwhelmed. Not only am I starting a new chapter, but I’m also seeing my friends go their separate ways. And I’ve come to the realization that my education at […]

The last first day

The last first day

by Victoria Contreras Over the past year, as I look forward to graduation day, I’ve gotten used to hearing the question, “So, what’s the plan after college?” I know people mean well, but after a while, it’s easy to hear it as a polite way to ask, “So, what are you going to do with […]

Cafe podcast: You’ve got me feeling emojis

Cafe podcast: You’ve got me feeling emojis

The Real Housewives weren’t the first ones to express anger by flipping tables. Jesus expressed anger too. We are created in God’s image. Anger is part of our human experience and it can be helpful too. Listen to the podcast below and on iTunes. You can see this issue from June 2017 in past articles.

Flashing red: the anger signal

Flashing red: the anger signal

by Harriet Lerner We women have long been taught to avoid anger, not only the expression of it, but the experience of it. We swallow our anger (“it’s not worth fighting over”), or we deny it entirely because we are supposed to be the nurturers, the soothers, the peacemakers, the steadiers of rocked boats. We […]

The very best of Boldcafe

The very best of Boldcafe

by Elizabeth McBride There’s something pretty awesome about going to a cafe. Of course, there’s coffee, but besides that, it’s a welcoming space whether you are alone or with friends. It’s comfortable. It’s casual. It’s a place for everyone.   Since 2003, Café (http://boldcafe.org), Women of the ELCA’s on-line space for and with young adult […]

Shame: The enemy of baptism

Shame: The enemy of baptism

by Rozella Haydée White Lent is my favorite church season. Lent can be a time of remembering how we have become disconnected from each other and from who God intended us to be. During Lent, we are invited to remember and relearn who we are as God’s creation.   Not giving up Many people think […]

Arise, shine this Epiphany

Arise, shine this Epiphany

by Jennifer Baker-Trinity You know the song, “This little light of mine?” Perhaps you remember learning it in Sunday school or Vacation Bible School when you were a child. Maybe, like me, you sing it with your own children. Singing the song, we are energized to share the light of Christ “everywhere we go.” But […]