Rooted in the Church of the Brethren, GWP seeks to educate about wealth, power and oppression, encouraging one another to live more simply, being mindful of our luxuries, and join in empowerment with women around the world, sharing resources with women’s initiatives. Read more about GWP and our founding in 1978.
It’s actually tomorrow, March 8, but the google browser has an animated doodle (that’s their official term for it), as if today is the day. Either way, we hope you find a meaningful way to celebrate women today.
Some churches are having special worship services this year in honor of International Women’s Day, using some of the resources on our website. Check them out here, if you’re interested. Plan ahead for next year.
Also, we want to wish you a meaningful Lent. I did not grow up with the tradition of giving something up for Lent. As an adult, however, I have often taken on giving something up or taking something on during this season. One year, I gave up TV for Lent. I liked it so much that it became a permanent change in my life for which I have been incredibly grateful. Two years ago I gave up sugar for Lent. While it didn’t create a lasting lifestyle change, it taught me many important lessons, and I’m much more conscientious about what I eat now. This year, I’m taking on the practice of writing a letter each day. (And, no, this email to you all does not count. I’m talking about a handwritten note that I send in the mail!) Even just after three days I already appreciate how I feel taking time to thoughtfully communicate with one beloved friend every day.
The other thing I’m doing during Lent is using Global Women’s Project’s new daily Lenten Devotional Calendar. It’s a good way of putting my attention on the luxuries I have and bringing my awareness to the global community. If you would like to get it, please send an email to email@example.com. Let us know if you’d like it sent to you one page at a time as a daily email, or as a paper copy in the mail (at no cost to you). Either way, I recommend it as an enriching practice during this season.
Next weekend the GWP Steering Committee will be meeting in Missouri. Please hold us in your prayers are we do the good work of supporting women’s empowerment and educating ourselves about global poverty and our own privilege. We’ll be participating in worship at the Warrensburg Church of the Brethren Sunday, March 16. If you’re in the area, please come see us! We’d love to connect with you.
Love and Blessings,
GWP Steering Committee
Whether you’re looking for personal reflection time or worship resources, GWP has something rich and rewarding for you! Please enjoy at these lovingly prepared liturgy and reflections!
New Lenten Calendar!
Five years ago, GWP produced a Lenten daily devotional calendar. Filled with facts and stories from around the world, scripture reflections, taxes and activities, this Lenten calendar brought the world’s suffering and hope to your homes. This was quite an undertaking and a true labor of love for GWP. The Lenten calendar is a wonderful bridge of our two-fold mission: raising awareness about luxuries and privilege, and supporting women’s initiatives around the world. Reading through the calendar you learn the challenging contexts of our partner projects, and gain greater appreciation for the work they’re doing in their communities.
Order the new Lenten calendar for 2014! It contains new stories, facts, photos, project partners, and activities for you and your family – share a bunch with your faith community too. Whether you still have the last calendar or you’ve never even heard of this, we’d love to send you our new Lenten calendar! It’s designed to be used for 4 years.
The calendar is free, as the fundraising is built-in through daily contributions. Feel free to order multiple copies for your church or women’s group. We can also send you a page per day by email. Lent begins on March 5, 2014 – contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org right away for your calendar!
Every once in awhile I look through my copy of A Little Daily Wisdom, which is an inspiring collection of writings by Christian women mystics. This week I was caught by this writing for December by Hadewijch in Poems and Stanzas:
As Thanksgiving approaches, I want to take a moment to express my sincere sense of gratitude for the many ways you, our supporters, have contributed to Global Women’s Project over the past year. As the Treasurer of GWP, I am continually heartened and encouraged by your faithful financial gifts which support our Partner Projects around the world and which enable us to educate people about issues related to wealth and privilege and the impact of our choices on the lives of others. Thank you, thank you!
I also am grateful for the many, many people who have devoted their time and energy to GWP this year. I’d like to thank the staff at the Church of Brethren Offices in Elgin, IL, who have helped us manage our finances and correspondence (Jay Wittmeyer, Anna Emrick, Perry Hudkins and Pat Marsh); members of Common Spirit Fellowship in Minneapolis, MN, who did the folding, stuffing and mailing of our annual newsletter Globalinks; Nan Erbaugh from West Alexandria, OH, who adeptly managed our Mother’s Day Giving Project; all of the women who helped with the booth and 35th Anniversary Celebration of GWP in Charlotte, NC, at the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference this summer (Leslie Seese, Ruthann Knechel Johansen and Fran Nyce); Rachel Gross from North Manchester, IN, who went above and beyond in hosting the Steering Committee for our fall meeting; Lois Grove from Council Bluffs, IA, who has faithfully written cards of thanks to contributors each week, and the list goes on. From IL to MN to OH to NC to IN to IA and beyond, you have enabled us to carry out the work of GWP. Thank you, thank you!
In a spirit of gratitude, I’d like to share this wonderful recipe for West African Peanut Soup (a great Moosewood recipe). Enjoy!
Kim Hill Smith
West African Peanut Soup
2 cups chopped onions
1 tablespoon peanut oil or 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon grated peeled fresh gingerroot
1 cup chopped carrots
2 cups chopped sweet potatoes
4 cups vegetable stock
2 cups tomato juice
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1 tablespoon sugar (optional)
1 cup chopped scallions
1. Saute the onions in oil until just translucent.
2. Stir in the cayenne and ginger.
3. Add the carrots and saute a couple more minutes.
4. Mix in the potatoes and stock.
5. Bring the soup to a boil and then simmer for about 15 minutes until the vegetables are tender.
6. In a blender or food processor, puree the vegetables with the cooking liquid and the tomato juice.
7. Return the puree to the soup pot. Stir in the peanut butter until smooth.
8. Taste the soup. Its sweetness will depend on the sweetness of the carrots and sweet potatoes. If it is not naturally sweet, add just a little sugar to enhance the flavors.
9. Reheat the soup gently.
10. Add more water, stock or tomato juice for a thinner soup.
11. Serve topped with plenty of chopped scallions.