Resources and links
Celebrate the Gifts of Women Sunday
On Celebrate the Gifts of Women Sunday March 9, 2014, we celebrate women who are no longer strangers, who are sisters in God’s diverse household. Your congregation or women's groups may use this resource on any day that you choose. Click Here to Download Resources
Complete a Gender Equity Audit
A helpful assessment tool for Congregations and Mid Councils
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is committed to gender justice and intentional change that encourages the full participation of women in the leadership of the church. In adopting the report Hearing and Singing New Songs to God: Shunning Old Discords and Sharing New Harmonies, the 218th General Assembly (2008) called for the church to be transformed by focusing on the intersections of gender, race, power and privilege.
Gender Equity Audits allow the church to assess its partnership in this effort. A gender equity audit is a tool to collect comprehensive, accurate and timely information on the status of women in an organization. This tool has been specifically designed to assess the implementation of policies and procedures related to achieving gender and racial equality in the PC(USA.).
We strongly encourage congregations, mid councils, and the larger church to use the results of this audit in prayerful discernment as you plan for the future.
Congregational Gender Equity Audit
Presbytery Gender Equity Audit
The Women of Color Consultation Task Force Report - Hearing and Singing New Songs to God: Shunning Old Discords and Sharing New Harmonies
The Women of Color Consultation Task Force Report was approved at 218th General Assembly. Some highlights of the report include:
A call for transformation of the church, focusing on the intersections of gender, race and class.
Direct the General Assembly Mission Council, in consultation with Advocacy Committee for Racial Ethnic Concerns and Advocacy Committee for Women’s Concerns, to expand on the basic antiracism training to include modules on the intersectionality of race, gender and class and provide focused training on internalized oppression and privilege.
Seek inclusivity with equity: moving beyond tokenism in the participation of women of color of all ages to valuing and embracing the gifts they bring to the life of the whole church.
Adopting an understanding of shared power as a fundamental element of community. Download Resources
“A concern for inclusive language bespeaks the church’s emerging conviction both that the diversity of the people of God is to be acknowledged and embraced in such a way that all may feel included, as well as the realization that every reference to God is limited in its capacity to express the reality and mystery of the One who has so variously encountered us.”
~ Definitions and Guidelines on Inclusive Language, 197th General Assembly (1985), PCUSA, Advisory Council on Discipleship and Worship, Council on Theology and Culture
The Racial Ethnic Torch
In this issue, you will meet Native American leaders who are transforming the church even as they are themselves being transformed. You will learn about significant achievements by racial ethnic congregations and interest groups, exciting new additions to our ministry staff, and upcoming events. Download here
Addressing Violence Against Women and Children on the Mexico-U.S. Border
Just across the U.S. border in Juarez, Mexico, women have been abused, tortured, and murdered. Learn about their plight and what YOU can do to help them.
Check out these websites of interest to women
- Presbyterian Women
- Office of Public Witness
- Office of Racial Justice Ministries
- Office of Young Women's Leadership Development
- AllWomen in the Church
- Racial Justice Ministries