Members of Morning Star Lutheran Church at a Kit Assembly at Morning Star Church in Matthews, NC 2016

Putting the “Luther” in “Lutheran World Relief”

What does it mean to be “Lutheran?” If you asked 100 Lutherans that question, you’d probably get 100 different answers. In the United States, we often joke that being Lutheran means drinking lots of coffee after church and having a casserole for Sunday dinner. But, at its simplest, being Lutheran means being a child of […]

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Baby Care Kit items at Kit Assembly at Morning Star Church in Matthews, NC 2016

LWR Baby Care Kit Thrifting Tips & Tricks

Have we mentioned lately how much we love our quilters and kit-makers? If not, we’ll say it again: we love our quilters and kit-makers! Not only do they spend countless hours assembling gifts of love for people in need around the world, they also never miss an opportunity to help someone else become a part of this [...]Read More...

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Cambridge Lutheran Church was featured in LWR's 2016 Quilt & Kit Pipeline video. Members of the congregation, including quilter Elsie Stromberg, assemble Quilts and Kits that go around the world to people in need.

Small-Town Church, Big-Time Service

Cambridge Lutheran Church sits on a quiet stretch of a pretty street in the community of Cambridge, Minn. about two hours north of the Twin Cities. While Cambridge itself has a small-town vibe, the people of Cambridge Lutheran have a global outlook! In addition to caring for local friends, family and neighbors, the congregation’s reach [...]Read More...

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Why We Support LWR’s Work Through Thivent Choice

John and Ruth Lange were members of Thrivent Financial even before there was a Thrivent Financial.  “I remember having a policy back when it was Lutheran Brotherhood and Aid Association for Lutherans,” John says.  John and Ruth, both retired, live south east of Atlanta, in Warner Robins, Georgia and attend Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church. They’ve [...]Read More...

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Why Do We Bless, or Dedicate, Quilts?

In the LWR Quilters Group on Facebook – a place of 750 (and counting) dedicated Quilters and Kit-makers from across the US gather online – we’ve been having an interesting discussion. What’s the difference between a quilt “blessing” and a quilt “dedication?” And why do congregations do them before sending Quilts and Kits to LWR? [...]Read More...

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Is it okay for people who have experienced a disaster to be “happy”?

Lutheran pastor and writer Travis Scholl recently wrote a column for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch asking, “Is it okay for a Christian to be ‘happy’?” In it, he reflects on Pharrell William’s “irresistibly infectious song, ‘Happy’.” I sometimes end up being around folks who have a severe mistrust of “happiness.” …At the heart of their mistrust [...]Read More...

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Why the ELCA and LWR Are Proud to Work Together in the Philippines

Guest post by the Rev. Rafael Malpica-Padilla, executive director of Global Mission for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America At the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), we are grateful for our long, historical relationship with Lutheran World Relief and for our mutual commitment to companionship in mission. The strength of this relationship, and the [...]Read More...

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Why I’m Thankful for Key Leaders

Although retail stores are trying to tell me it’s Christmas time, when I think of November, I still think of Thanksgiving. With “turkey day” just two days away, this is a good time to reflect on gratitude — for us especially, because gratitude is one of our organizational values. And for me there is no [...]Read More...

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Three Things About Lutherans that would Surprise Garrison Keillor

Raised in small-town Minnesota, and a somewhat introverted Lutheran of Norwegian descent, I tend to be a huge fan of Garrison Keillor’s homespun, witty and often satirical take on people like me. Just last night, my spouse and I drove to the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul to listen to Mr. Keillor read from [...]Read More...

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The Ties that Bind

I grew up in northern Michigan and, in typical Michigander fashion, each summer my father and I took a fishing trip to Canada. To my ten-year-old self, this was a place of mysterious wonder and uncharted territory. It was here that I learned a young fisherman’s rite of passage: tying the knot that connects the [...]Read More...

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Campers Can Quilt, Too

This summer, church basements and fellowship halls are not the only places where Lutherans are taking up LWR’s Quilt Campaign challenge. They’re also pitching in near lakes and on the hiking trail. Up to 48% of Lutheran youth say that they have attended a church summer camp, an important place for faith formation. This year [...]Read More...

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Why I’m Grateful for Those who Support our Work

by Heather McGinness, LWR’s former Associate Director for Philanthropic Engagement The words “thank you” often seem woefully inadequate to express the powerful — even overwhelming — feeling of gratitude. I have the blessing of being part of Lutheran World Relief’s Philanthropic Engagement team. I am humbled and inspired on a daily basis, both by the [...]Read More...

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