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

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

Dear Friends of Global Women’s Project,

 Many thanks to those of you who participated in our Mother’s Day Project and donated in honor of someone special to you. It was a very successful year . As of 5/13/2017 are total donations were 4,039 dollars.

Thank you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This will help us support and empower women and girls around the world through our partner projects.









We give thanks for the return of 82 Chibok young women with continual prayers for the hundreds of other children and adults who have been abducted by Boko Haram over recent years, and who continue as captives.

Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) is a global pandemic that has or will affect 1 in 3 women in their lifetime. Violence is not only a personal struggle for the victims, but also has severe consequences on social and economic outcomes.







Future Opportunities to connect with Global Women’s Project

For those of you attending the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference  in Grand Rapids Michigan please visit the Global Women’s Project booth!

We’d be delighted to see you there!

Global Women’s project will have a booth at Inspiration 2017/Generations (NOAC) at Lake Junaluska, NC September 4-8, 2017. We will also be participating in an Insight Session on women making a difference in the world.


Peace to all!!!

Carol Leland, GWP Steering Committee

Global Women’s Project Friends,

This seems to be a busy time of year for many people. It’s a busy time for GWP, too!


Spring has arrived, and Mother’s Day is just around the corner. 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. Instead of 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 Haiti, India, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda, and the United States 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
6456 Adobe Circle Road South 
Irvine, CA 92617
(write checks to GWP) 
Remember to include your name(s) and recipient’s name and address. You may also make memorial donations, which will be listed on our website: www.globalwomensproject.wordpress.com. Gratitude cards will be mailed in time for Mother’s Day if you send your request to Emily by May 8th, 2017. After the 8th, she will mail them as soon as she receives them.
We invite you to help us spread the word about this wonderful opportunity to give a meaningful gift to a woman you love.
There are just a few days left of Lent. Thank you to everyone who has followed along with 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”? Contributions from your Lenten Calendar may 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 Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, where the Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren hosted us so warmly. During the weekend we said good-bye to Emily Matteson, after six years of serving on our steering committee. She made so many contributions to GWP, and we will miss her. We’re grateful she offered to help with one more Mother’s Day Gratitude Project. Thank you, Emily! During our weekend we also welcomed two new steering committee members: Addie Neher and Sara White. They have already brought fresh energy and new ideas. WELCOME, Sara and Addie!
Blessings to you all this Holy Week,
GWP Steering Committee

Global Women’s Project wishes you a happy new year! We hope you will join us in praying for and working towards peace in the world throughout 2017.

This week many of you should have started to receive our annual snail-mail newsletter, Globalinks. We introduce our new board member, Carla Kilgore, share updates from our partner projects, and provide information on ways you can get involved with GWP in the year ahead. If you don’t receive it in the mail, you can be sure to find it under the “Globalinks Newsletter” tab on our website.
Do you know where your Lenten Calendar is? With the new year comes a new season of Lent, which kicks off on March 1st this year. GWP will be offering our Lenten Calendar again this season and we encourage you to participate! Our calendar includes scripture, stories from our partner projects, and opportunities to engage with time and money towards alleviating some of the issues you’ll read about. These calendars are FREE, you just have to let us know where to send them! You can also sign up to receive a page a day by email during Lent. To sign up, request print copies of the calendars, or to find out more, send an email to cobgwp@gmail.com.
Emily Matteson
GWP Steering Committee


Global Women’s Project would like to encourage you to give a gift to women around the world this Christmas by making a donation in support of one of our partner projects.

May God’s love and the presence of Hope be in the entire world!



New Email Address and Website
Please change our address in your contacts to cobgwp@gmail.com
Our current website is globalwomensproject.wordpress.com



Alternative Christmas Fairs

Alternative Christmas Fairs began as a way to enjoy gifting without the commercialization of Christmas. The fairs offer an opportunity to donate to various charitable causes in the names of those you wish to gift.

Certificates are given to donors signifying their gift on behalf of another.
See attached the Certificate Template to print and use for your own Alternative Christmas Fair to support Global Women’s Project.

Saturday, December the 3rd, I will be hosting a booth for Global Women’s Project at Stone Church of the Brethren, Huntingdon, PA.

If you are in the area, please stop by.
Festival of Lights










This Nariyal Barfi recipe is commonly made on occasions such as Diwali, which is the Hindu festival of lights, as well as Christmas. Specific ingredients for the Nariyal Barfi are as follows:


  1. Heat a heavy-bottomed pan on a medium flame and add the coconut, condensed milk and sugar. Mix those ingredients well and cook until the condensed milk is reduced to a quarter of its original quantity or you notice a fudge-like consistency.
  2. Add the ghee and mix it in well. Cook it until the ghee begins to separate from the fudge.
  3. Add the cardamom powder, mix well and turn off the flame. Add the cashews and stir well.


Next, grease a large platter, put the fudge on it and smooth out into a thick layer. Top the entire surface with the slivered almonds and saffron strands.

Allow it to cool a little and cut it into squares while it is still warm.

Allow it to set, remove from the platter and store in an air-tight container.