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.

Donations are welcome!
You may donate online: www.brethren.org/globalwomensproject

Or mail your check (made out to Global Women’s Project) to:
Global Women’s Project
Church of the Brethren
1451 Dundee Ave.
Elgin, IL 60120


February E-Links

Tomorrow is the beginning of Lent and we are getting ready to send out our daily Lenten calendar emails!

We share this Lenten calendar as an invitation to reflect on our abundant resources and what we might ‘give up’ during Lent for the sake of others.

The calendars include scripture, information about women around the world and Global Women’s Project partner projects. There are opportunities to join in these women’s journey of empowerment with time and money.

To obtain a calendar for yourself, or several for friends, family and your congregation, contact us at cobgwp@gmail.com. We can mail a paper calendar to you, or send you one page per day by email throughout Lent. Either option is free.

Also, as part of our Global Women’s Project’s 40th Anniversary year of challenges, here is the February challenge:

February: As great as Global Women’s Project’s mission is, not everyone has heard of us. For February’s Challenge, invite 3 friends to consider trying out a luxury tax as a way to support women, and try it yourself, too! You can tag them on Facebook. Post or share what you are taxing and why.

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year! This is a very exciting year for Global Women’s Project as we mark our 40th anniversary. We hope that you will join us as we celebrate the countless women that this organization has touched over the years. Look out for Pearl Miller’s reflection on the impact of the organization in your newsletter!

To celebrate this 40th Anniversary, we will be offering a CHALLENGE of the Month. Each challenge will be something different. We know that those of you who already know the work of Global Women’s Project love it, but we also know that there are more people out there who would want to be involved. We hope some of these challenges will be ideas you will share with others, whether it is through social media, personal conversations, email, church announcements, or other groups, we look forward to offering one each month to educate ourselves, live simply, empower women, and share resources. We know you are up to the challenge!

Challenge of the Month – January

Start the New Year off right by thinking of one woman who is at least 40 years old who inspires you and empowers you to be a force for good. Write a letter to her, make a phone call, do a Facebook post, or if she isn’t someone you can reach, write in your journal about what it is about her that inspires you, and think about ways you can show your care for women.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with!


Global Women’s Project Steering Committee

Dear Friends,
As Christmas time approaches, many of us are doing our year-end giving and our annual shopping for gifts. How do you celebrate the holidays? 
Please consider a gift to Global Women’s Project. It could even be in honor of the person on your list who already has more than enough material goods. You can give online here or mail a donation to GWP c/o Church of the Brethren, 1451 Dundee Ave, Elgin, IL 60120 (write check to GWP).

We, the Global Women’s Project Steering Committee, are putting together our annual newsletter for you all. Look for that in January! In the meantime, we share with you a special story, shared with us by Pearl Miller, a former member of the GWP steering committee.


Lucy’s Story

Change happens when we become aware of a need and are deeply moved to respond.  According to the  UNESCO’s Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report, Policy Paper 21, June 2015), over 130,000,000 girls do not have a chance to go to school.  A number of GWP projects have supported programs that nurture justice and support education for girls around the world.

And change can come about through the vision and leading of a child.  Let me tell you about Lucy. She is a remarkable young girl 9 years of age, who moves forward one of Global Women’s Project’s goals in her own creative way.  After learning about Malala Yousafzai through a school report, Lucy combined her knowledge and her compassionate spirit to take action.  She created a project Coasting to Change (https://give.classy.org/CoastingtoChange) to link donors to the Malala Fund to support education for girls.

Here is the wisdom shared by Lucy in explaining her mission: “…I love learning, and I know how lucky I am to get to go to school. Everyone deserves that right. Education can change your life, your community, and our world…Education gives girls a future. There are four children in my family, and if school wasn’t available for us, I’d want someone to help us get an education.”

So far she has raised enough for the Malala Fund to help 40 girls go to school!  ($1,931 as of 12/11/17) While her coasters have sold out for the time being, her spirit of paying forward the gift of education for girls continues to inspire!  

The Global Women’s Project Steering Committee would like to tell you how blessed and thankful we are for your support of our projects and partners around the world.
Your generosity make a difference, gives hope, and shows kindness in a world that sometimes seems cruel and hopeless.
In case you are planning an Alternative Christmas Fair please consider Global Women’s Project. We would be happy to send you some GWP materials to display and share. Please let us know.

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family and even though the big feast is over for most of us, we would like to share this recipe with you, which would be delicious and healthy any day!

Acorn Squash Sauce (not really saucy, but good)
8 servings
4 large acorn squash, cut in half and seeded
1/2 cup olive oil
6 large cloves of garlic, chopped
1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, chopped (can use carrot tops for parsley)
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves (can used tsp. dried)
salt and pepper to taste
1 pound linguine (or other pasta or rice or grain)  (Can be served without pasta or grains as a side dish.)
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Arrange the acorn squash, cut side down, in a single layer in a baking pan.  Using a fork, pierce each shell in 4 places.  Pour water into the pan to 1/2 inch.  Cover the pan with foil (or with a lid if you have a baking pan with a lid).  Bake about 1 hour, or until soft when pierced with a fork.  When the squash is cool enough to handle (or using potholders that are washable), scoop the pulp into a bowl and set aside.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat.  Add the garlic, parsley, and basil.  Cook, stirring frequently for 10 minutes (not really that long, more like 3-4 minutes), until the garlic is softened and golden, but not brown.  Add the squash, salt, and pepper and cook for 25-30 minutes, stirring frequently, until heated through and well mixed.  (I don’t always cook it that long, and you can add garlic salt if you want extra garlic taste.)  Taste for seasoning.  (You can also stir some of the pasta water to make this a bit more liquidy and saucy.)
(While the sauce is simmering) Keep the sauce warm while you cook the linguine according to the package directions.  Drain and turn into a serving bowl.  Spoon some sauce over the top and toss well.  Spoon the remaining sauce over the top.  Serve with additional freshly ground black pepper if desired.  (You can also sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.)
Claire’s Corner Copia Cookbook, by Claire Criscuolo.  (With my (Carla’s) editorial comments in parenthesis.)
Peace, the Global Women’s Project Steering Committee

October E-Links

Hello everyone,
Fall has started and its a beautiful day here in Ohio.
This weekend the Global Women’s Steering Committee is getting together in Beavercreek, Ohio for our semi-annual meeting.
If you are in the area we want to invite you to worship with us on Sunday, October 22nd at 10:15am at the Beavercreek Church of the Brethren.
We will share stories about the impact GWP has in so many different communities and how you can make this world a better place for women and their families.
We would love to see you.
At the meeting we will be planning our newsletter Globalinks that will be printed in January. If you do not want the paper version, please tell us to remove you from the snail mail list. If we have your email address, you will be getting a digital copy send to you in the January e-links anyway.
Have a wonderful weekend,
Peace, Anke Pietsch
Dear GWP Friends,
One of the most inspiring women to me was my mom. I’ve been missing her a lot lately. I actually got to know Global Women’s Project through her. She was on the steering committee about 15 years ago, and that’s when I learned so much more about GWP. In particular, I really got behind the idea of the luxury tax. 
In case you haven’t heard it, but luxury tax is an idea that the founders of GWP had – to “tax” ourselves for luxuries, to bring our awareness to people in the world who are not as privileged as we are, and to use that money to bring about change and improve the lives of women around the world. It’s our way of educating ourselves and others about wealth and privilege, and at the same time empowering women.
The day I first heard about the luxury tax, I remember others in the room talking about what they did. One woman taxed herself a dime for every time she used her garage door opener. One woman taxed herself a dollar for every bag of cat food she bought. Clearly, the luxuries people were aware of ran the spectrum. So that day I decided to tax myself a quarter for every shower I took. (I had recently been camping and had to pay 25 cents for a shower, which made me realize that it was, indeed, a luxury, to have warm, running water to shower in.) I collected all those quarters and turned it into regular donations to GWP. I did that for about 12 years until I, in turn, joined the steering committee, and then decided that my time serving on the committee would take the place of the monetary donation.
Who are the inspiring women in your life? And what luxuries are you grateful for? Is there something you could tax yourself for? Can you imagine the good that can come of that donation? 
Your luxury tax donation to GWP could provide shelter for a victim of domestic violence in India, provide rent money and emotional support to a woman recently released from jail here in the US, help a Rwandan woman grow her own food, purchase a sewing machine for a women in South Sudan, or many other things. Just imagine all the good that money can do.
Thank you for the many ways you support GWP – your time, your money, your hosting, your writing, your sharing with your friends and women’s groups and churches. And thank you for being a source of inspiration to the people around you. The world certainly needs it right now!

If you have any luxury tax stories, we’d love to hear them. Feel free to reply to this email with your stories. And if you’re too humble or shy to share, thank you anyway. 🙂

For anyone inspired to send a donation, make checks out to Global Women’s Project and send them to:


Global Women’s Project
Church of the Brethren
1451 Dundee Ave.
Elgin, IL 60120
And, as of today, you can donate online! Click here: www.brethren.org/globalwomensproject.
Thanks again and blessings to you all,
Tina Rieman
GWP Steering Committee Member

July e-Links

Greetings sisters and friends,

Many visitors at the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference came and stopped by the Global Women’s Project booth which was set up for the week in the exhibition hall. It was such a blessing to connect with women who have been a part of Global Women’s project since its inception, women’s church groups who had never heard of the project but were looking for something to support as a community, and middle-school students completing a scavenger hunt with the question, “How can we help women?”

There was a powerful feeling in all of these encounters that people are looking for ways to reach out and connect in loving community, with other Brethren women here in the US and also women all around the world. In the speech which inspired the creation of Global Women’s Project, Ruthann Johansen said,

“Because we live on the top of the world economically, politically, militarily, educationally, it is easy not to see the effects of our lives and choices on others…None of us means harm to others. But when we look at the globe as a total unit, we are forced to conclude that, relatively speaking, we belong to the oppressor class…One symbolic way of redistributing our portion of the world’s wealth is to refuse to purchase luxury (non-essential) items or to tax our luxuries and redirect the “luxury” monies toward meeting the needs of people who are victims of our consumption.”

One way that many Brethren connected in Grand Rapids was during the many ice cream socials. Ice cream always makes my list of things I love about being Brethren. However, Ruthann’s words lead me to give a second thought to my consumption habits. Thus, I plan to begin taxing myself $1 for every time that I eat ice cream over the next year with the resulting funds to be given to the work of Global Women’s Project.

How might you give a second thought to your lifestyle this summer?


Sara White & GWP Steering Committee