Women Together I :: How to Write a Governance Document

Many women’s groups have some sort of written document that guides their operations and overall sense of being together. While often called a constitution, a better term might be governance document. Constitution refers to the governance document of an entity that stands alone, but most women’s groups are a part of the formal or informal structure of a congregation.

Advantages of having a document like this are: Continue reading

Women Together I :: Types of Women’s Groups

Bible study: Meet for a half hour of fellowship and a half hour of study once a week, using Mennonite Women USA’s annual Bible study guides or other materials. This could involve private study between sessions.

Spiritual friendships: Gather in twos, threes, or fours for prayer, meditation, and spiritual direction in a space outside the busyness and demands of everyday life. A place of encouragement and accountability.

Mentoring: Pair older, mature believers with younger women or newer believers. Continue reading

Women Together I :: Steps for Starting a Women’s Group

Consider the characteristics of your congregation.

Are you:
Small: no women’s group
Large: a mix of full-time homemakers and women working outside the home
Integrated: men and women work jointly on committees, leadership
Traditional: an established women’s group meets some needs very well
Urban: many professional people, possibly a number of university students
New and growing: people of many backgrounds Continue reading

MW USA Board Member Serves Sabbatical at The Corrymeela Community

Beth Martin Birky, editorial advisory council board member takes sabbatical from Goshen College to live and serve with an intentional community in Ireland.

Hear from Beth about her purpose and hopes for her month-long sabbatical. The Corrymeela Community holds to these purposes: Embracing Difference. Healing Division. Enabling Reconciliation. The following is a short profile Beth submitted to the Corrymeela staff newsletter: Continue reading