All Women in the Church is an online resource produced by Racial Ethnic & Women’s 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
Women Called to Lead with Love | March 4, 2018
March 4, 2018 is Celebrate the Gifts of Women Sunday. By action of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly (Orlando, 1993), Celebrate the Gifts of Women appears in the planning calendar each year on the Sunday closest to March 5, International Women’s Day. Enclosed please find the resource for Celebrate the Gifts of Women. Congregations and individuals are encouraged to celebrate this day each year, recognizing the gifts women bring to God, the Church, and the community.
The 2018 theme is “Women Called to Lead with Love.” When we think of women called to lead with love, there are two characteristics that these women demonstrate: 1) the gift of hospitality and 2) the gift of building consensus as the way to make decisions. Acts 2: 43-47 reveals that the most important of these practices included: 1) continuing worship in the temple and sharing in prayers – worship, 2) recalling teachings of the apostles – education or kerygma, 3) sharing as any had need – service or diaconia, and 4) meals and fellowship in homes – koinonia. Women certainly were a part of these practices as the early church took shape.
The Celebrate the Gifts of Women resource, written by Judy Record Fletcher, includes a worship service with a call to worship, call to confession, prayer of confession, an assurance of pardon, suggested scripture readings, a sermon starter and program suggestions, and a litany of thanksgiving for loving leaders.
Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries pledges to work with Presbyterian Women and Bread for the World
New effort will support Women of Faith 1,000 Days Movement
The first 1,000 days of a child’s life, from the start of a woman’s pregnancy until the child’s second birthday, have an enormous impact on a child’s ability to grow, learn and rise out of poverty. Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries, in partnership with Presbyterian Women in the PC(USA), Bread for the World, and the 1,000 Days Movement, is working to raise awareness and identify resources for Presbyterians to learn more about maternal and child nutrition during this critical period. PW and RE&WM have pledged, through its partnership with Bread’s Women of Faith for the 1,000 Days, to hold conversations around the importance of child nutrition, and communicate to Presbyterians and others about the 1,000 Days movement.
“And for anyone who is in Christ, there is a new creation. The old order has passed away; now everything is new! All of this is from God, who ransomed us through Christ – and made us ministers of that reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:17-18 (The Inclusive Bible)