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
The Women of Faith Awards, sponsored by Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries in the Presbyterian Mission Agency, will offer an awards breakfast at the 224th General Assembly (2020). The 2020 theme is Women who Disrupt Systemic Poverty. Nominations are being sought for women who challenge systems of poverty and join in action and solidarity with low-income communities and individuals.
Here is the link to the Nomination Form. Please nominate women whose lives of service give witness to their commitment to Jesus Christ. Additional copies of the nomination form are also available by contacting Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries, 800-728-7228, ext. 5013 or email email@example.com. Nominations must be postmarked by January 8, 2020.
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.
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.