UTO 2013 GRANT AWARDED
A Grant of $12,800.00 was awarded to Church of the Holy Advent
Please join us for the United Thank Offering Fall Diocesan
Ingathering on November 7th, 2013 at Holy Advent in
NEW UNITED THANK OFFERING PROGRAM LEADER
The Connecticut Diocesan Board of the Episcopal Church Women is pleased to announce the appointment of a new United Thank Offering Program Leader for the diocese, LaDene Monegan.
Monegan attends Old St. Andrew's parish in
LaDene and I will meet this fall and discuss the job description. LaDene will begin as program leader in January of 2014.
The Fall Ingathering monies will be sent to me, and the books will be closed at the end of December, 2013. Beginning in January of 2014, all checks will be sent to LaDene. She will write the spring United Thank Offering letter and give reports at the board meetings and the annual meeting.
LaDene hopes to be available to visit parishes and promote the United Thank Offering.
EPISCOPAL CHURCH WOMEN
132st ANNUAL MEETING
On Thursday May 2, 2013, over 300 women gathered at
the Aqua Turf in
On Saturday, September 21, 2013 the Diocesan Board
gathered for its annual retreat day at
The Annual Ingathering for the United Thank
Offering took place at the Church of the Holy Advent in
“Reality depends upon your engagement.”
By Rosemary Williams, Founder and Director of Women’s Perspective, and author of The Woman’s Book on Money and Spiritual Vision
A few months ago I heard a story about a young African woman who received a $15,000 prize at the 2012 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. When asked what she would do with her prize money, she responded, "I'm going to bring it home and share it with all the other women in the village so we can all rise up together."
This story impressed me and resonated with my own feelings of wanting
women all over the world to rise up together. When I first visited
As I listened to the stories the women told about their own
experiences of childbirth, I realized how utterly privileged I was by an
accident of birth to live in the
I knew that had my last two premature childbirth experiences taken
Another thread in my career trajectory was the invitation of the YWCA
of Bridgeport Connecticut to teach financial literacy to women returning to
the workforce in the 1980’s. The YWCA has had a place in my heart ever
since. And the theme, “financial literacy,” echoes in my career.
It is no surprise that I find myself immersed in a discussion of
collaboration with the YWCA of Kenya. We are preparing a faith-based economic
empowerment training to take place in
The Connection to
Ann Smith, former director of Women
As a result of these workshops and the relationships they fostered, Alice Abok subsequently invited Women’s Perspective, to design faith-based financial empowerment training for the Kenya YWCA.
In March 2013, I met with Irene Kizito, the new General secretary of the Kenya YWCA to continue the planning for the Faith Based Financial Empowerment Training. This training will adapt the Women's Perspective, Money and Spirituality Workshop to the Kenyan culture and financial infrastructure.
The vision is to train many
facilitators from the seven YWCA branches in
The YWCA will supervise and monitor the local traders to ensure that training goals are met. This program is part of a larger strategic economic empowerment program for the women of the YWCA Kenya branch network.
Many volunteers have helped in the preparation for the training.
Teachers have offered their time to help with lesson plans
and curriculum, students have provided the research regarding the
economic resources available to the women in
We know that money is a vital component and driver of economic security, food security and peace. When women come to terms with their understanding and use of the power of money based on their core spiritual values, we will see changes that we can now only imagine. Women and girls are key participants in the emerging financial structure.
When women are not marginalized economically and they are empowered with practical tools for applying their spiritual values to their economic power, they will change economic structures. They will make wiser decisions that will help themselves, create new businesses, enhance their families and strengthen their communities.
Margaret Wheatley tells us, ‘There is only what we create through our engagement with others and with events. Nothing really transfers: everything is always new and different and unique to each of us. Reality depends upon your engagement.”
Episcopal Church Women know this and
are engaged in the work of making the world a better place. If Women’s Perspective can help
in any way we are happy to share our experiences and expertise with you. We continue our workshops in the
For two weeks in the beginning of March, the United
Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) met in
For two weeks, I listened to state representative’s country reports, attended side events (hosted by states) highlighting issues women and girls face, attended parallel events where NGOs described their work on the ground helping women and girls, attended regional caucuses to see how the negotiations were going, and met with state delegations to share my views on what was important to include in the Agreed Conclusions.
At last year’s UNCSW, the states were unable to reach Agreed Conclusions, meaning there was no renewed agreement and no new international standard was set. This year, there was increased pressure to create a strong statement in order to set stringent international standards. Fortunately, agreed conclusions were reached, standards were created, and commitments were renewed.
At this point, the implementation of these agreed conclusions is crucial. That is where NGOs and the Episcopal Church are vitally important. NGOs, including churches, are the organizations doing the work on the ground; helping women file for protective orders, working in women’s shelters, answering rape crisis hotlines. NGOs need the continued support of the Episcopal Church both in their day-to-day operations and in holding their governments accountable to their commitments to end violence.
Violence against women and girls is an ongoing
problem in the
Micah 6:8 calls on us to “act justly and love mercy and walk humbly.” We can act on this by praying for women in need, lending our gifts or talents through volunteer work, or actively supporting legislation that will help victims of violence.
The Episcopal Church is currently making great
strides in reducing violence against women. At the UNCSW, the Presiding Bishop
hosted a fascinating and challenging discussion about human trafficking in
We must push ourselves to do even more of this important work. Jesus says in Matthew, “When you refused to help the least of my brothers, you were refusing help to me.” I am confident that we will continue our journey forward, walking hand-in-hand, together as sisters in Christ, to help stop and prevent violence against women and girls.
Almighty God, bless, we pray, our work
in mission and ministry in the world; and
make us so thankful for the previous gift
to us of your beloved Son, that we may
pray fervently, labor diligently, and give
liberally to make known throughout the
world the redeeming love of our Savior.