I was reading the mission statement of WELCA on the home page and it occurred to me that it would probably not be inviting to anyone not yet a part of it. I was wondering if there might be a "sustainability" element to it that would encourage a younger generation of members. How might the women of the ELCA be mentors to young women in today's society? What skills and wisdom do we have to pass on to younger generations of women and how can we do that? I have a bunch of ideas but I'm not sure it fits under the mission of WELCA. What are your thoughts about this?
I wanted to share this video with you. It is produced by Advent Conspiracy. They encourage people to Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More, and Love All during Advent and Christmas. They focus on spending less on gifts and giving more to help bring clean water to people through Living Water International. If you wanted you could replace water with any hunger initiative or malaria cause or anything else.
I participate on an on-line site where people pose questions to me about faith, especially the Lutheran faith. Recently, a questioner asked me, “The Catholic Church reportedly is inviting Protestants to return. Please provide your opinion regarding a few primary reasons to remain Protestant.”
So, as you can see, Soul Cafe is an awesome resource. It was developed by the Oregon Lutheran Synod, and they've graciously let us use it. However, for our purposes this space is strictly non-denominational, or multi-denominational, whatever you want to call it. And they know that's how we're using it, and it's totally fine. So I'd just like to make sure everyone's clear that even though this was developed as a Christian forum, any and all views are welcome here.
Hi to Edwin etal,
I heard at our Bend meeting that soulcafe is trying to increase, to critical mass and beyond, "membership" in soul cafe. To that end, is there a way of filtering out the "turnoff factor" that some of us are experiencing?
More definitvely, I'm glad to receive posts via email notifications about occupy discussions, ncd, etc. As to personal chats between people using soul cafe for their feedback, not so much.
Is there a way to thread this needle?
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Calvary Lutheran Church, Federal Way, has done seasonal Lenten small groups for the past 9 years. We invite the whole congregation to participate in Sunday and midweek worship, Adult Forums and Sunday school, and small group study and conversation around a single Lenten theme. Together we have studied The Purpose-Driven Life, Poverty, Evangelism, 24 Hours that Changed the World, and more.
But here's the catch: We can't seem to sustain small groups with the same intensity or fervor, after the Lenten season.
I've just finished reading Phyllis Tickle's The Great Emergence. I am so glad the council has decided to take this on. You'll find more information and some Tickle UTube videos at http://www.thegreatemergence.com/ The history lesson was certainly helpful, but I really benefitted from Tickle's conversation about forces leading up to our present day realities.
What's going on in your areas of the state concerning hunger?
Are the numbers up all over the state?
How can our food supplement programs keep up?
Let's share some ideas.