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Let's celebrate women

On Saturday night voting members and others who bought tickets will gather for dinner to celebrate women in ministry and the 35th anniversary of women’s ordination.

“We wanted to do something to honor the 35th anniversary,” said Michelle Miller, ELCA Commission for Women associate director, leadership development, “and we recognized that ordained women are not the only ones to do ministry.”

The evening’s highlight will be a DVD photo presentation featuring women in ministry throughout the ELCA, Miller said. Program bulletins will feature photos of women in ministry.

April Larson, the ELCA’s first female bishop, will emcee the evening—or, as Miller said, be the evening’s “weaver” to share stories and introduce the program.

The celebration is sponsored by the Commission for Women; Women of the ELCA; the ELCA Foundation; Mission Investment Fund; Augsburg Fortress, Publishers; and the ELCA Office of the Secretary.

The Marriott World Center is treating dinner guests to a champagne toast.

A sad note


Though the evening will be a celebration, many guests will grieve the commission’s elimination in the restructuring proposal approved by voting members, who greeted a memorial to “acknowledge with deep gratitude thetireless and faithful work” of the unit with a standingovation.


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