I Am She - from the Women of the ELCA. This program may be used in a congregational setting, as a conference event, or as part of a synodical women’s convention. It could be conducted over five to six weeks or as a weekend retreat. This resource is for each participant: • to gain understanding of her own gifts and bold purpose, • to learn from other bold examples, • to develop a plan to live out her bold, and • to share in community and celebrate the boldness of each individual.
Biblical female icons created by Cara Quinn. Originally published by RNS. Available at Know Your Mothers.
“Religion can be a catalytic force to advance gender equality.”
-Working group for United Nations SDG 5 on Gender Equality
The United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development includes the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). One of these, SDG 5, focuses on increasing gender equity. Evidence from around the world demonstrates that supporting women’s and girls’ empowerment and addressing persistent gender inequities is critical to achieve all of the other goals – including poverty reduction, improved health, expanded education, and environmental justice.
This month, as we celebrate Women’s History Month in the U.S., it is a good time to reflect on how people of faith can work to address these issues in our churches and broader communities. An international working group that recently convened to evaluate the role of faith-based organizations in achieving SDG 5 identified several priorities including:
Faith, Sexism, and Justice: A Call to Action
This study guide for the social statement Faith, Sexism, and Justice: A Call to Action has six sessions that guide participants to engage the social statement and discern ways to take action. The sessions are interactive and flexible (45-, 60- or 90-minutes), with options for in-person gatherings, interactive virtual meetings, or virtual discussions.
50/40/10 Years On: a Half Century of Ordaining Lutheran Women- The fiftieth anniversary, in 2020, of the decision by some American Lutherans to ordain women coincides with the fortieth of ordinations of women of color, and the tenth since barriers to lesbian women’s ordination were removed. Those anniversaries were the stimulus for this project which narrates the debate and decision in 1970 and presents the effects for the churches and women’s experiences, placing those in the contexts of American culture and world Lutheranism and providing resources for further exploration by users. Here is a playlist of ELCA videos related to the anniversary. To read the stories of rostered women of color, check out "God's Faithfulness on the Journey." Living Lutheran has a series of articles reflecting on the anniversary as well! Get the 50/40/10 poster to download.
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 ofCafé include pastors, seminary and college students, and other young adult women who use Café as a Bible study resource individually or with their congregation.
National Women's History Museum - Resources! Resources! and more well curated resources!
Gendered Language for God - a brief explanation, personal and theological about the importance of the expansive language we need to use to talk about the Divine. (see file below)
Principles for Worship from the ELCA includes Expansive Language background information.