About Presbyterian Women
PW logo and graphics
PW now incorporated
Presbyterian Women groups
Initiatives and emphases
Racial Ethnic Dialog
Presbyterian Women (PW) is an independent organization within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) of more than 300,000 women. The programming and resource options for the organization offer a variety of ways for women to live out their faith in an inclusive, caring community.
Presbyterian Women (PW) offers women in the church meaningful ways to live out their faith in the midst of a caring community of women. For more than 200 years Presbyterian women’s groups have strengthened the Presbyterian Church and played a major role in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and witnessing to the promise of God’s kingdom. And in 2013, Presbyterian Women celebrates 25 years of praying and working together as “Presbyterian Women,” the organization created with the reunited Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Learn more about initiating or revitalizing a PW group in your church.
Forgiven and freed by God in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves
- to nurture our faith through prayer and Bible study,
- to support the mission of the church worldwide,
- to work for justice and peace,
- and to build an inclusive, caring community of women that strengthens the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and witnesses to the promise of God’s kingdom.
Each quarter, PW staff creates a newsletter detailing notable projects, resources and events for Presbyterian Women. The mailing goes to PW moderators, leadership coordinators and the CCT, but is important information for everyone involved with Presbyterian Women.
Download the newsletters
The national staff of Presbyterian Women carries out the purpose and programming of the organization. Staff are available to answer your questions about the organization and its projects as well as to serve as keynote speakers, workshop leaders or in other leadership positions at events. Meet the staff.
Women’s groups in the Presbyterian Church have a powerful history. Since the early 1800s Presbyterian women have organized themselves to support mission and combat social injustices nationally and internationally. While the levels of involvement and recognition from the denominations has varied, women’s dedication to living out God’s call through women’s organizations has remained steady. Learn more about the history of PW.
Over the years, it became apparent that a clear understanding about the relationship between Presbyterian Women and the national church structure needed to be articulated. The Covenant — approved in August 2001 by the Churchwide Coordinating Team of Presbyterian Women (CCT/PW) and the General Assembly Mission Council (GAMC) — clarifies, enhances and strengthens that relationship. Learn more
Voting representatives to the 2009 Churchwide Business Meeting of Presbyterian Women ratified the amended and restated certificate of incorporation that establishes Presbyterian Women as a publicly supported integrated auxiliary of the PC(USA). Voting representatives also approved the bylaws of Presbyterian Women in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Inc. Learn more
Presbyterian Women is a churchwide group organized at all levels of the PC(USA). Like the PC(USA) structure, PW in the Congregation forms the basis for PW in the Presbytery; PW in the Presbytery feeds into PW in the Synod, and so on.
Learn about PW’s voice and vote at the churchwide and presbytery levels. Download this mini-magazine for an in-depth look at the influence and status of Presbyterian Women at the presbytery level.
At the 2006 Churchwide Business Meeting of Presbyterian Women, the organization committed itself to studying immigration issues.
The voting representatives to the 2006 Churchwide Business Meeting of Presbyterian Women unanimously approved a resolution declaring Presbyterian Women an antiracism organization and reaffirmed their 1997 commitment to strive to eradicate racism. The voting representatives acknowledged that “racism is imbedded in the very structure of our society and thus requires a very intentional effort to eradicate it”
The Racial Ethnic Dialog Group consists of 21 women, including white and racial ethnic members-at-large from the Churchwide Coordinating Team of Presbyterian Women and women from each of the six racial ethnic women’s constituency groups. The group seeks to honor the gifts of all people while finding ways to dialogue and work together as an inclusive caring community.
In addition to supporting the affiliations and ecumenical partnerships of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Presbyterian Women works in partnership with various secular and faith-based organizations on issues of faith and social justice. Learn more about our affiliations.
Sonnie, thank you for your interest. You can locate Presbyterian Women's Facebook at www.facebook.com. Type "Presbyterian Women in the PC(USA)" into the Search box at the top of your Facebook page. You will need a Facebook account to use Facebook. If you do not have a Facebook account, simply provide your name and email address on the Facebook registration form to sign up. It's a burgeoning community on Facebook, and you will meet many other Presbyterian women (and men) while there! Welcome.
The postcard I got about the PW gathering refers to a Facebook page for Presbyterian Women in the PC(USA). I'm a geek, and I can't find it: does it exist? If it does, a direct link would be helpful. Thanks.
Dear Katharyn, Thank you for your interest in the PW Manual. I'm glad that you're enjoying the new site . . . with the small exception of the PW Manual! You may order the PW Manual at http://store.pcusa.org/PWR07101 . If you want to navigate/search your way there, you can click on the "Shop the Church Store" link at the top of any of the pages on Presbyterian Women's web site. Then search for "PW Manual" - - it will also come up if you search Presbyterian Women or PW, but with many more results. That manual is in the process of being revised to include the bylaws for Presbyterian Women churchwide since the organization incorporated in 2009. The revised version will be available as a print copy to order through the Church Store, or to download through the Church Store, and save to your computer as a PDF. There shouldn't be too many other changes besides the bylaws, but I thought it worth mentioning that a new version will be available within the month. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact Sharon Dunne Gillies, PW Associate Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org. *** Thanks, Sharon
I agree with Ruth's comment. The web site has improved a great deal since it changed last year, but I spent 45 minutes this morning trying to find the PW Manual to purchase and rccommend to one of our smaller PWC groups-- using about 10 different search titles and web site sources with abosolutely no results. I am Leadership Enhancement for the PW in the Synod of the Pacific and have been in PW offices for over 20 years and I am computer literate and at this point I am extremely frustrated! HELP!
It is very difficult to find things on this revised site. We make packets for the officers of the PWCs. Not all have access to the Internet. In the past, when I wanted to share information about the Treasurer's role in a PWC in the annual packet, there were good handouts that I could duplicate. The new organization of the website changed access and does not serve in the same way. I still cannot find what I need nor a way to guide someone to the correct place.