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
2018 Theme: Clergywomen Who Challenge Racism and Injustice
Basis for the Theme: Many of us are blessed to know clergywomen who have been advocates for racial and intercultural justice, with a respectful awareness and appreciation for each other’s different races, ethnicities, cultures and languages. At the Women of Faith breakfast, we will show gratitude and recognize clergywomen who are “woke” and who challenge systemic racism and oppression.
Purpose of award: This award recognizes clergywomen who challenge racism and injustice.
Celebrate the Gifts of Women Sunday
The Grace of God Has No Boundaries by Jana Childers | March 3, 2019
In 2019, on Celebrate the Gifts of Women Sunday, we honor women who exhibit the grace that knows no boundaries. Though Celebrate the Gifts of Women Sunday is March 3, 2019, your congregation or women’s groups may use this resource on any day that you choose.
The idea that God is a boundary-crosser is not new. Nor is the thought that God’s grace flows through the world unhampered by human borders. These ideas were part of Jewish thought long before Peter had the boundary-busting vision recorded in Acts 10. Ancient Israel worshipped the stranger-loving “God of Gods” (Dt. 10:17-18) who “remove(d) boundaries” (Is.10:13) and exemplified “impartiality” (II Chron.19:7). Certainly, by the time Peter came along the idea that God might choose to cross the kind of barriers human beings tend to erect – the kind William James referred to as “accidental fences we build against the stream” of our connectedness – was not new. But it must have felt that way to Peter. How do we know that? Because it feels that way to most every one of us when our own turn comes.
The Celebrate the Gifts of Women resource, written by Jana Childers, includes a worship service with
- a gathering prayer, call to confession, prayer of confession, an assurance of pardon, suggested hymns and scripture readings,
- spiritual practices, and
- a litany for women who carry God’s grace across boundaries.
The Celebrate the Gifts of Women resource is available in the November/December 2018 issue of Horizons magazine, as a free download from the PC(USA) store, 800/533-4371 or www.pcusastore.com; item 27501-19-001.
Order the November/December 2018 issue of Horizons from www.presbyterianwomen.org/shop; $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.