Faithful Mission: Celebrate the Gifts of Women
A bimonthly online column by Linda Valentine
Back in the early 1970s when I went to law school, most of my classmates were men. So often during the years when I worked in corporate law, I would come home to my daughters and say, “I was in a meeting today with 20 people, and guess how many were women?” “We know, Mom,” they would say. “You were the only one.”
How times—and the church—are changing, thanks to the leadership and gifts of women at all levels of the church.
One of the goals of the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries ministry area is to engage the church in its mission to become more diverse and inclusive of all racial, ethnic, cultural, and language groups and to equip women for leadership in all ministries of the church. The ministry area is joined in this work by its mission partner, Presbyterian Women.
One way that we affirm women’s leadership is by observing Celebrate the Gifts of Women Sunday. By action of the 205th General Assembly (1993) in Orlando, this churchwide special emphasis appears in the Presbyterian Planning Calendar on the Sunday closest to March 8, International Women’s Day.
In 2015, Celebrate the Gifts of Women Sunday lifts up the bond between young and senior women in God’s household through a resource written by the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s own Rhashell D. Hunter, director of Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries. Although March 8 has been designated for this year’s celebration, congregations, individuals, or women’s groups may use this resource on any day that they choose.
Last year, the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board was among the first to celebrate the gifts of women by using the 2014 resource during our February meeting, where we heard an inspiring and timely sermon on unity by a uniquely gifted woman, Rev. CeCe Armstrong, a “graduate” of the Small Church Residency Program.
“America was once considered to be a melting pot,” CeCe preached as she proceeded to throw ingredients
into a salad large bowl. “But lately—and obviously in the Word of God—the intent is that we become more like a salad bowl. There are all sorts of ‘greens’ coming into the salad, each bringing whatever [they] have to offer.”
Women are an integral part of that exciting mix. I hope that you will join us in honoring and celebrating women’s gifts every day in the life of Christ’s church, but especially on Sunday, March 8.
January - Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations
March - The Confession of Belhar
May - On becoming a multicultural church
July - Go Disciple Live
September - Educate a Child, Transform the World
November - Frontera de Cristo
November - Haiti
I have read and understand the the vision and as Presbyterian,I want to be part of that programme.Am an administrator and and deacon ordained seven years now.my pastor is Rev.Steven ssekatogo, Iganga Presbyterian church -Uganda.as an administrator, i have found out that education has been for long a big challenge in our churches basically rural based churches.so i request to work together and see how we can alleviate poverty reduce illiteracy levels.I will be grateful to hear from you.yours in service Deacon Bogere paul
Joining because of the Multicultural conversation.
James and New Covenant are most definitely about ushering in the reign of God. May their tribe increase!
When I was serving churches, before I retired, we often used the Belhar Confession as part of our worship service on Sunday. Members of the church often requested it.