PW Global Exchange
Every three years, a group of Presbyterian Women travels to another part of the world to learn about the lives of women in that part of the world and to share faith stories and ministries with each other. It is a global exchange because, the following year, a group of women from the same part of the world is invited to attend the Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women to tell their stories to their North American sisters.
2014 Global Exchange to the Caribbean
One Heart, One Love, One Community
The 2014 Global Exchange will take a group of U.S. Presbyterian women to the Caribbean November 4–20, 2014. The trip will include visits to Trinidad, Curaçao and Dominican Republic. While celebrating their partnership, U.S. and Caribbean women will explore issues of shared concern, including violence and reconciliation, witness and evangelism and leadership development. The PC(USA)’s World Mission office, the Caribbean and North America Council for Mission (CANACOM) and the United Church of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands (UCJCI) are helping Presbyterian Women identify the most significant mission projects and church partners to visit during this fact-finding, relationship-building program.
The U.S. women will be available to speak in their synods about the trip upon their return, and the January/February 2015 issue of Horizons will detail the trip. Caribbean women will complete the “exchange” part of the trip by attending the 2015 PW Gathering.
Stay tuned for additional information.
Global experiences began as a program of United Presbyterian Women. When United Presbyterian Women and Women of the Church merged in 1988 to become Presbyterian Women, international experiences continued as the Global Exchange program. Previous destinations were:
- 1973 Central Europe
- 1974 India and Nepal, emphasis — hunger
- 1977 Asian Encounter (Japan, Taiwan, Korea,Philippines)
- 1980 Asian Rim
- 1981 Las Americas Unidas (Central America)
- 1984 South Africa, emphasis — apartheid
- 1987 China
- 1988 Presbyterian Women is formed. The Global Exchange concept and practice begins.
- 1990 Australia, emphasis — indigenous people
- 1993 Eastern Europe
- 1996 Southeast Asia, emphasis — tourism and child prostitution
- 1999 Middle East, emphasis — issue surrounding the welfare of women and children and understanding roles of Islam, Judaism and Christianity in the Middle Eastern world
- 2002 Africa — Sisters Together: Listening With Our Hearts
- 2005 Brazil — Caminhada: Walking Together in Mutual Love and Hope
- 2008 Eastern Europe—Joined and Knit Together in Love
- 2011 India—Greatly Honored Are Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Justice
The Presbyterian Women Global Exchange logo suggests
- Latitudes, longitudes and points held in between
- The compass rose
- Movement from the inside to the outside, outside to inside
- Colors of the earth, from desert to rainforest
- A stamp in a passport
- Not sitting comfortably, balanced on one spot
While I'm not able to go on the Global Exchange, I am very interested in following along with the reading list and wondered when it might be posted. (My interest was deepened with a two week clown ministry/mission trip I just returned from in Bangalore India.) Thanks for all your planning and leadership, Anita (PWP vice moderator, Huntindon Presbytery, PA)
Hi Linda! Thanks for your question. A quick recap of the process - Individuals apply to their PW Synod Coordinating Teams. The PW synod narrows the applications to 3 and forwards those to the Churchwide Global Exchange Committee which makes the final selection. It will notify those selected immediately after its meeting in early November. If you have other questions, Kathy Reeves, email@example.com, can answer them for you. Ann
When will applicants be notified as to selection and information on the 2011 Global Exchange trip?