All Women in the Church is an online resource produced by Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries. This site provides materials for Gender and Racial Justice Ministries, Women’s Leadership Development, and Young Women’s Leadership Development (ages 18–35) as well as support for the individual faith journeys of all Presbyterian women. Learn how women are transforming the church as they themselves are transformed.
Women of Faith Awards
2020 Theme: Women who Disrupt Systemic Poverty
Many of us know women who have raised the economic level of entire families and communities. We also know women who have provided educational opportunities for girls and boys, joining alongside poor communities, listening to dreams for a better future, and supporting communities as they determine how to make their dreams reality. Gratitude abounds for these women who “see those who are hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison” and give of themselves to serve others, through the power of Jesus Christ, who is Savior of all.
Read the story about the 2020 Women of Faith Award recipients.
Celebrate the Gifts of Women Sunday
God Disrupts Us with Love | Matthew 25:35-36 | by Jennifer L. Lord | March 7, 2021
In 2021, on Celebrate the Gifts of Women Sunday, we are invited to honor women who work for transformative change and seek to end poverty and injustice. Though Celebrate the Gifts of Women Sunday is March 7, 2021, your congregation or women’s groups may use this resource on any day you choose.
Our ancestors in the faith include many bold women who disrupted systemic poverty. Mary, the Mother of our God, sang out and proclaimed God who overturns the bonds of poverty, as did Hannah before her. The lesser known five daughters of Zelophehad—Malah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah—negotiated with Moses for release from the destiny of poverty. Tabitha (Dorcas) witnessed to and worked for others’ freedom from poverty. Each of these women in her own way recognized and challenged the status quo of wealth and power.* These stories document that women disrupting systemic poverty is not a new thing. As we celebrate women who disrupt systemic poverty, we reflect on our own work, too. Every day we stand before the throne of God, the one who disrupts the tangles of the world with the kindom.
The Celebrate the Gifts of Women resource, written by Jennifer Lord, includes a worship service with:
- a gathering prayer, call to confession, confession of sin, an assurance of pardon, suggested hymns and songs and scripture readings,
- sermon starter, and
- a litany for women who disrupt systemic poverty.
The Celebrate the Gifts of Women resource is available in the November/December 2020 issue of Horizons magazine, as a free download from www.pcusa.org/women and free from the PC(USA) store, 800/533-4371 or www.pcusastore.com; item 27501-21-001.
* See Luke 1:46–55; 1 Samuel 2:1–10; Numbers 27:1–11; Acts 9:36–42.
Order the November/December 2020 issue of Horizons from www.presbyterianwomen.org/shop; HZN20250; $4 plus shipping.
While supplies last, a limited number of bulletin covers are available from the PC(USA) store, 800/533-4371 or www.pcusastore.com; item 27501-19-002; $5.00 for a pack of 25. The bulletin cover also may be downloaded free from www.pcusa.org/women.