“Historically, women of the Lutheran church focused their efforts on Bible study and mission work, but now [Women of the ELCA] has a broader mission. We are working to change human trafficking laws. We have conducted workshops on anti-racism. We have provided solar power to Phoebe Hospital. We have sewed over 500,000 quilts for distribution by Lutheran World Relief. And we raised over $1 million for Katie’s Fund, an endowment to help educate women. In short, we have cracked the stained glass ceiling.” These themes were discussed by Patti Austin, churchwide president of WELCA, in her presentation to the Metro DC Synodical Women’s Organization (SWO) Spring Convention on May 6, 2017. Read more from “All Anew – The Women of the ELCA” and other articles in our SWO’s current issue of the Joyful News newsletter.