Faith Formation Resources

September 2021

New churchwide board smaller, more inclusive
About 260 Women of the ELCA voting members approved constitutional changes that reduced the size of its churchwide board from 21 to 15 members while making it more inclusive. They also elected new churchwide officers and an executive board, adopted a 2022 budget, and approved several memorials during an online meeting, Aug. 3-5. Read the story.
Devotion: 5 seasons in our lives that require planning and prayer
September is a new season in our gardens, in our congregations, in our wardrobes–a new season all around us.
We have seasons in our lives as stewards of all that God entrusted to us. What season of your life as a wise steward are you in?

Read Women of the ELCA’s September devotion.
Café: The spirituality of tension
Tension describes the mental and emotional state of being stretched. We encounter it in big and small ways every day. How can tension lead us to transformation? Read the article.

“Life is not perpetual sunshine,” writes ELCA Pastor Emily Carson. “That’s normal. In our congregations and families and workplaces, tensions will arise—guaranteed.”
Gather’s fall Bible study: “The gift of the spirit” is now available
Gather‘s fall 2021 study, “The gift of the spirit” by the Rev. Sara Olson-Smith, encourages us to uncover where the bold, truth-telling Spirit is active in our lives. The Gather staff is also excited to have the September session video up on Gather‘s resources page here.
Change is the breath of life
If you’ve received your latest issue of Gather magazine, you may have also noticed something a bit different this fall. Beginning with the September/October issue, each issue of Gather will be a double issue. You can learn more about this change here
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