New beginnings of college

A college freshman reflects on the start of her first year and what is to come.
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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 your life?”


Cafe podcast: September

by Jennifer Hackbarth

A pastor shares what she learned while on sabbatical. Listen to the podcast.


Faith reflections: Rest and risk

by Jennifer Hackbarth

Last summer I was given a three-month sabbatical from my responsibilities as a pastor. Not many people have such a wonderful opportunity, so I was intentional about making the best use of this gift–this gift for which I was, and am, so grateful. READ MORE ›

Café is a magazine for and with young adult women who want to build their faith.

Café incorporates a Lutheran perspective for young, adult women of Christian faith or simply for any woman who is interested in how faith relates to the issues that women face today. Readers and writers of Café include pastors, seminary and college students, and other young adult women who use Café as a Bible study resource individually or with their congregation. Learn More about Bold Café 

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