A God who shows up

How can our emphasis on “holiday homecoming” be good news when this is not a reality for so many?
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Boldcafe group: Lament

Boldcafe group: Lament

April 2021 Lamenting together by Sarah S. Scherschligt What do you lament about the past year? Read more Easter lament by Ralen M. Robinson This Easter was different. And that's ok. Read more. How to use Café with a group Young women are sharing community, maybe...

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Easter lament

Easter lament

by Ralen M. Robinson "But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb." (John 20:11) Easter lilies adorn the sanctuary, the paraments are white, the eggs are dyed and hidden, and the baskets are ready. At Easter, we celebrate...

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Lamenting together

Lamenting together

by Sarah S. Scherschligt I lived in a rural village in Malawi, East Africa, as a Peace Corps volunteer in the late 90s. There, I experienced the power of communal lament. When someone died, the women in the community would stop everything and start to wail. They would...

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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. Pictured: The Young Women’s Bible Study at Clemson University. They read and discuss Café articles once a week.

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