Tenth Triennial WELCA Gathering Scholarship

[10th Triennial Gathering logo: an abstract figure with four leaves or wings (could be a flower or a butterfly) in four different colors, pink, yellow, green blue. Text reads, "all anew" in lower-case script and "Women of the ELCA" in blue, all caps block letters.]The tenth Triennial Gathering, to be held July 13-16, 2017 in Minneapolis, Minn., will bring Lutheran women together from across the church with life-changing workshops, worship, Bible study, and more. Women will gather under the theme “All Anew”. Register at welcatg.org or email women.elca@elca.org for a registration packet.

Because the Tenth Triennial Gathering falls during the observance of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in 2017, the theme resonates with reformation and transformation images. At the gathering, participants will explore ways in which the Holy Spirit changes us, acknowledging that reformation and transformation have happened and continue to happen within the community of women known as Women of the ELCA.

NT-NL SWO is offering five $355 scholarships to women who want to attend the Women of the ELCA’s Tenth Triennial Gathering in Minneapolis, Minn., July 13-16, 2017. Scholarships will be awarded with preference given to first-time attendees to the Triennial Gathering, and will be shared across the NT-NL Synodical area as much as possible given the applications received. Applications must be received no later than April 1, 2017. Apply now | Download a PDF of the application

Triennial Gathering Scholarship Committee

Let me begin by saying there is nothing quite like attending a Triennial Gathering of Women of the ECLA, and as such the Syndical officers are pleased to be able to offer 5 scholarships to women wanting to attend but who find the expense of doing so a struggle.

This is exactly where I found myself a number of years ago. My husband was serving a 3-point parish in Central South Dakota, we were raising 3 young children and I was attending college full-time. The Gathering that year was also going to be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I just knew there was probably not going to be a better opportunity to attend, so I filled out the form to request a scholarship from our local Synodical group and was excited to receive the news that I had been awarded one.

Travel to the gathering was by chartered bus with lots of women from all over our area of South Dakota. What a blessing to spend those hours traveling with these sisters, all of us focused on a single event!

We had our days filled with great speakers, workshops and worship events. We got to see God at work in so many places and events.

The event I remember the most was a bus tour of Minneapolis in which we were shown the city from the view point of a homeless young man. He was connected to a ministry that provided individuals a place to receive mail, phone calls and a place to shower, all basics needed to assist with finding a job.

The young man who led our group spoke about living on the streets. He told us how, since he was cleanly dressed, he could often sleep on a park bench without being disturbed or told to move on, like many people experiencing homelessness are treated.

At the time I was in my 30’s and was so amazed by his story and how it was not the grand gestures that were making a difference in his life but the basics most of us take for granted.

Attending the gathering back then really did make a difference on how I look at the world and remember how sometimes it is just the little things we do that make big differences in other people’s lives. I can’t tell you how attending this gathering will impact you, your faith, or how you view the world you live in, but I can guarantee you it will impact you in some way.

I would encourage all of you to make the decision to attend the Triennial gathering of the Women of the ELCA and to apply for a scholarship if that is what you need to make the trip happen.

The event will be like nothing else you have ever experienced.

Lori Beers, Scholarship Committee

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