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.
MOTHER’S DAY GRATITUDE PROJECT
Each year, people around the world celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8 to call attention to women’s achievements as well as to acknowledge their continuing challenges. Note that our website contains a rich bank of resources (meditations, litanies, liturgies, prayers) for you that you can access using the International Women’s Day link from this page. Global Women’s Project encourages you to take the IWD celebration to your faith communities, share the resources in small groups of gathered women, or use them for your own personal meditation!
Prayer of Blessing in Honor of Women by Erin Matteson
God of Sarah and Hagar, Naomi and Ruth, Esther and Deborah,
God of Mary and Elizabeth, Mary and Martha, Mary Magdalene, Lydia, and all the unnamed women of scripture,
as you anointed these women with the oil of faith and calling, so anoint women everywhere.
as you blessed these women with finding the courage and strength, persistence and perseverance within them, so bless women everywhere.
as you transformed the world through the vision and work of these women, continue to transform the world through the vision and work of good women everywhere.
From California to Florida, from Chile to Uganda, may women continue to form and build community in ways that birth justice, love and peace among us.
In gestation and through the laboring, keep them focused, strong, steadfast and unwavering.
God, bless the women who continue to work tirelessly, often unnoticed, but full of beauty and power, for all manner of good.
Continue to make them vessels of your sustenance; instruments of your peace; an inspiration to all. Amen
Blessings to you this International Women’s Day,
Global Women’s Project Steering Committee
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Happy New Year from Global Women’s Project!
Amazed. Inspired. Grateful. That’s how your generosity makes us feel!!!
The Global Women’s Project Steering Committee remains blessed and thankful for your practicing generosity to the support of Global Women’s projects and our partners.
Practicing gratitude is a powerful tool; please join us in giving thanks this season for women around the world, and the continual work of those who offer care and empowerment and hope.
GWP Steering Committee
We’d like to share the following Thanksgiving side dish idea with you!
Simple Indian Pulav:
1 1/2 cup long grain basmati rice (soak in double the amount of water for 15 minutes)
1 1/2 cups vegetable of choice (I used carrots and peas)
1/2 cup onion (thinly sliced)
2 tablespoon ghee
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 dry bay leaves
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
1 cinnamon stick
Drain soaking water from rice. Set aside.
Heat ghee in a pot of large pan with lid.
Add cumin seeds and other whole spiced. As they sputter add onion. Saute on medium high heat until light golden.
Add vegetables and salt. Saute for 3-4 minutes on medium heat.
Add rice. Stir to coat the rice with ghee. Add 2 1/2 cups water. Bring it to a quick boil on high. Turn the heat to low. Cover and let simmer until rice is cooked.
Allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving.
Can add raisins, slivered almonds, cashews or other nuts of choice as garnish. Fry the nuts or dried fruits in ghee before garnishing.
Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren, Elgin, Illinois, welcomed the Global Women’s Project Steering Committee for their annual fall meeting. Our thanks to Jeanne Davies, interim pastor, for acting as our gracious host liaison and to Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford for beautifully integrating the message of GWP into the worship service.
We were privileged to participate in both the Saturday evening community outreach meal and youth group Sunday fundraiser. It is always an important part of our semi-annual weekend meetings to spend time with the local congregations, sharing in meals, conversations and worship. To all those who provided assistance: bed and breakfast hosts, meal providers and servers, and Church of the Brethren office staff, we are grateful. A bonus for Sunday: Jacki Hartley, Peg Lehman and Wendy McFadden, former Steering Committee members joined us for a group picture! Would your church or community like to host a weekend Steering Committee meeting?
The reports from projects are always in focus at our meetings, whether semi-annual face-to-face or monthly conference call. GWP shares resources with women’s initiatives that serve to empower women in their own communities. We are open to exploring new possibilities to partner with small, women-led projects that lead to economic, educational, life-sustaining benefits for their families and communities.
Another focus of our September meeting was communication. How can we best keep connected: Newsletter, Facebook, Emailings, conferences, something new? Be in touch and share your ideas.
We are grateful for your insights, your support of GWP, and your deep concern for the world’s women.
Pearl Miller for GWP Steering Committee
Women throughout the world face challenges that are incomprehensible for many of us. Some walk many hours every day just to get water for their families. Others spend their nights hiding from bomb attacks in caves with their children. Many suffer repeated physical and emotional abuse with few opportunities to receive help.
Gender equality is a human right. Women are entitled to live with dignity and with freedom from want and from fear. Gender equality is also a precondition for advancing development and reducing poverty: Empowered women contribute to the health and productivity of whole families and communities, and they improve prospects for the next generation. – See more at: http://www.unfpa.org/gender-equality#sthash.8scAlaow.dpuf
Each of us is incredibly powerful. We each have the ability to change our lives and influence the lives of others within and beyond our own time.
Global Women’s Project invites all women to live in solidarity with women around the world and seeks to empower women and girls in their own communities in living a life of dignity and respect.
Global Women’s Project is meeting this weekend, Sept. 25th-27, in Elgin Illinois for our semi-annual in person meeting.We are discussing the work of GWP and offering shared discernment of our woman’s projects around the world as well as within the United States. We covet your thoughts as we review project updates, discuss donations and the stewardship of what has been generously contributed to GWP. If you are in the area, we will be worshipping with the Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren on Sunday and would love to see you there!
Gratitude is said to be the “highest” possible emotion we can experience, it is an experience of love. The Global Women’s Project Steering Committee experiences gratitude for your care and support. We dwell in it and allow it to nourish our spirits.
GWP Steering Committee Member