Women of the ELCA BOLD Connections – February 2020

How do we ‘just love’ our neighbor?
Does love mean valentines and chocolates and red roses? Or does love mean sacrifice? Maybe love means delighting in someone’s company, or maybe it means untiring service, as a middle-aged daughter might give to her aging mother. Or maybe love means all these things–and more. Read our monthly devotion.
What is Just Love? Find out here.
Gather’s summer Bible study focuses on ‘Just Love’The Revs. Gladys Moore and Christa Compton are authors of Gather’s 2020 summer Bible study, “Just Love.” This three-session Bible study invites readers to consider how justice and love intersect. What does “just love” look like? How is this kind of love more than a sentimental or sanitized emotion, but is instead a love-in-action that seeks to dismantle the various systems of sin that damage God’s creation and harm God’s people?
The Rev. Dr. Christa M. Compton is pastor of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Chatham, N.J.; and The Rev. Gladys Moore is pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Summit, N.J.
The Rev. Gladys Moore is leading Gather‘s summer Bible study, Just Love, at the Gathering 2020 in Phoenix, July 16-19.
Do you listen to Cafe‘s podcasts?Cafe, an online magazine for and with young adult women, offers a podcast for each of its monthly issues.
Listen now to one or more of Cafe’s podcasts for young adult women who want to build Community, participate in Advocacy, strengthen Faith, and strive toward Enlightenment.
How will you celebrate Bold Women’s Day this Feb. 23?Women of the ELCA celebrates Bold Women’s Day on the fourth Sunday of February every year, this year on Feb. 23.On this day, congregational units honor or remember bold women from their community. To help you with your Bold Women’s Day planning, visit welca.org/bwdfor resources, certificates, and other downloadable items.
Let us know how will you celebratethe bold women in your congregation and community?
World Day of Prayer is March 6“Rise! Take your mat and walk.” This invitation written by our sisters in Zimbabwe is the foundation for the 2020 World Day of Prayer on Friday, March 6. Held on the first Friday in March, WDP is “a worldwide ecumenical movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year.”
Learn more about World Day of Prayer, officially celebrated since 1927, at wdp-usa.org.
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Find out how you can participate in one of our tour offerings and enhance the fun you will have at the Gathering 2020, July 16-19, by enjoying top sights in Arizona.
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