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 is just around the corner, and Global Women‘s Project is excited to kick off our annual Mother’s Day Gratitude Project, an opportunity for you to honor a woman you know and love by celebrating and supporting women around the world. Rather than buying more material gifts for your loved one, express your gratitude with a gift that keeps on giving. Your donation allows us to fund women-led projects in Indiana, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda, and India focused on women‘s health, education, and employment. In return, your chosen recipient(s) will receive a lovely, hand-written card indicating that a gift has been made in her honor, with a brief description of GWP.
To participate in the Mother’s Day Gratitude Project, mail your donation to:
Global Women‘s Project
c/o Emily Matteson
1405 Ashwood Drive
Modesto, CA 95350
Remember to include your name(s) and recipient’s name and address. You may also make memorial donations, which will be honored on our website: www.globalwomensproject.org. Gratitude cards will be mailed in time for Mother’s Day if you send your request to Emily by May 3rd, 2016. After the 3rd, she will mail them as soon as she receives them.
Thank you to everyone who used our Lenten Calendar this year! We hope that through your Lenten Calendar readings you have gained inspiration, insights, and information about the realities of women and girls around the world, about our partner projects created in response to these realities, and about your opportunities for personal reflection and action. What surprised you? What did you discover from your own activities and “tax collections”? We invite you to share your stories via Facebook, email, letter, or whatever communication medium works for you. Contributions from your Lenten Calendar can be sent to:
Global Women‘s Project
Church of the Brethren
1451 Dundee Ave
Elgin, IL 60120
The GWP Steering Committee held our March in-person meeting in Harrisonburg, Virginia this year at the lovely home of Carol Leland. Special thanks to the Linville Creek Church of the Brethren for letting us join you for worship on Sunday! During the weekend we welcomed new steering committee member Carla Kilgore, and celebrated the three years of service of Pearl Miller, who shared her last meeting with us in Harrisonburg.
Questions on any of the items you read about in this email? Send us an email, we’d love to hear from you!
GWP Steering Committee

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!

We offer one prayer here:

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

Dear Friends of Global Women’s Project,
It’s hard for me to believe the season of Lent is upon us again. As I prepare for the season, I’m grateful for the Lenten calendar that brings my attention each day to issues of wealth and privilege and to our global neighbors — specifically women. I find it such a great resource for my personal reflection. If you have our calendar, now is the time to get it out. Begin with day one tomorrow, Ash Wednesday.
Would you like to receive our Lenten calendar – at no cost to you? If so, you have two options:
  1. Send an email to info@globalwomensproject.org and request that we mail a paper copy to you. Be sure to include your name and address. You may also request multiple copies to share with others in your family or community.
  2. Email us at info@globalwomensproject.org and request to be added to our daily Lenten calendar email list. You’ll get one page emailed to you each day during the season of Lent.

    Do it today; Lent starts tomorrow!

I would also like to add a reminder that International Women’s Day is coming soon: March 8. We invite you to celebrate International Women’s Day in your faith community some Sunday in March. Talk to your pastor or worship committee to begin planning now.
The Global Women’s Project website has International Women’s Day worship resources on our website. Check them out here. We hope these resources help you (or your worship planners) plan a meaningful worship.
May you all find yourself rich in all kinds of resources to sustain you during this Lenten season.
Blessings to you all,
Tina Rieman
Global Women’s Project Steering Committee Member

Happy New Year from Global Women’s Project!

We are excited to provide you with the most recent edition of our newsletter, which you can find here. If you are on our paper mailing list, expect to receive a copy in the mail soon! Check it out to find information about our partner projects, learn about our educational resources, and see how you might get involved in supporting the work of GWP.
Believe it or not, Lent is just around the corner, with Ash Wednesday beginning on February 10th! We invite you to use our Lenten Calendar this year, a free interactive resource to learn more about the experiences of women all over the world. You can request a paper copy, or to receive a page-a-day email during Lent. It’s great for use individually, as a family, or with a church group. Read more about it in our newsletter!
GWP Steering Committee

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.

Carol Leland

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
4-5 cloves
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.


Carol Leland

GWP Steering Committee Member


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