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.
Greetings, friends of GWP!
It’s never to early to plan how to honor the important women in our lives. GWP will send a hand-written note to the women you choose to honor with a donation. To have them receive a card in time for Mother’s Day this year, please send a donation by May 5 to:
GWP c/o Nan Erbaugh
47 S Main St
West Alexandria OH 45381
(This address is for Mother’s Day donations only. Please use Elgin address for general donations.) And remember that there is no limit to the number of women you can honor. Please include the name and address for each woman you want a card sent to. Click here to learn more and here print a bulletin insert for your church to spread the word about the Mother’s Day Project.
THANK YOU for your support of our projects! We have just sent our grants for the year, so it’s time to start raising money for next year’s grants! Click here to see descriptions of the projects we support.
Easter is just around the corner (April 20), which means that the Lenten Devotional Calendar is coming to a close. We are so grateful for all those who have been following along, either by email, or by reading the paper calendar daily. Have you been tallying your money? We encourage you to send your donations in at the close of Lent. Please send them to:
Global Women’s Project
c/o Church of the Brethren
1451 Dundee Ave
Elgin IL 60120
Our March GWP Steering Committee meeting was productive and included a conversation about how our productivity has changed over the years with the change of technology available to us. We value our increased productivity and ability to raise money for our projects with increased visibility, and we try to balance it with the reality that we are a volunteer committee with full lives of our own. Holding that balance is a practice we’re committed to, even though it is not always easy.
Many thanks to the Warrensburg Church of the Brethren for welcoming us in your worship March 16. It was good to share time with folks in Missouri. We appreciated your gracious hosting.
Thanks for reading this update, and thank you for the many ways you support us. Keep it up!
Happy Spring to you all!
Global Women’s Project Steering Committee Member
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com 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: