Womaen’s Caucus to Focus on Next 300 Years in 2008

Church of the Brethren Newsline
November 12, 2007

The Church of the Brethren Womaen’s Caucus Steering Committee met recently in Fort Wayne, Ind., for three days of meetings. Two new members, Jill Kline and Peg Yoder, joined the committee that includes Audrey deCoursey, Jan Eller, Carla Kilgore, and Deb Peterson.

The business addressed by the committee included planning for a booth at the 2008 Annual Conference, incorporating the Conference theme for the Womaen’s Caucus as “Women’s Empowerment in the Future Church.” It was decided to focus the booth on the next 300 years, rather than reflecting on the past 300 years.

The group planned future issues of the journal, “Femailings.” The next issue will be published in February 2008, and will focus on ministries of women. The committee also discussed sisterhood as ministry and how women are supporting one another. Ways to reach out to younger women was reflected on, noting that the Womaen’s Caucus blog (womaenscaucus.wordpress.com) and new website are positive steps in that direction. In addition, the group is planning feminist worship resources including liturgy, prayers, and hymns for congregations to use for a once-a-year service honoring women. Meeting time also included worship and singing.

Terms for current members were clarified and it was noted that the Womaen’s Caucus is currently looking for a new editor for “Femailings,” as editor Deb Peterson’s term in office expires in July. Anyone interested in this position should contact the Womaen’s Caucus at wcaucus@hotmail.com.

–Deb Peterson is a member of the Womaen’s Caucus Steering Committee and editor of “Femailings.”

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