This coming August voting members of the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly will vote on “Faith, Sexism, and Justice: A Lutheran Call to Action,”  a proposed Social Statement on Women and Justice. In response to memorials from several synods, the 2009 Churchwide Assembly authorized development of a social statement on Women and Justice.   In accordance […]

It seems the flood gates have opened wide the past weeks to expose the issue of sexual harassment and assault.  There is nothing new about the problem, but there seems to be something new about the discussion.  Women are becoming more open about speaking out and people are taking the issue more seriously than in […]

The following article was published in the November 2016 Star. Abuse. It comes in so many forms. It usually happens in private but not always. There are horrific public events such as gang rape. Typically, though, the abuse happens in isolation to protect the abuser. Sexual assault against women has entered the very public arena […]

One thing that can be said about this election’s political climate is that it has sparked a nationwide conversation on sexism, sexual harassment, and abuse.  The ELCA Task Force on Women and Justice, which is writing a statement to be presented to the 2019 Churchwide Assembly, has many resources for congregations who wish to address […]

More people are enslaved in the United States now than in any other time in history. That statement may be shocking but it is tragically true. Human trafficking is a $39 billion a year industry worldwide. It brings in $15-25 billion in the United States.  It is big business. Iowa is not just a pass […]

This past weekend the Women of the ELCA from all three Iowa Synods, Western Iowa, Southeastern Iowa and Northeastern Iowa, came together for business, worship and bible study, fellowship and education. There were many workshops offered.  One of the most popular offered with standing room only was on Human Trafficking led by Curt Henderson, the […]