Celebrate the Gifts of Women – This Sunday
International Women’s Day (March 8) recognizes the extraordinary acts of courage and determination by ordinary women around the world. In 1908, National Women’s Day was established in honor of the garment workers’ strike in New York. Thereafter, women in the United States and Europe held rallies to express solidarity with other activists and the Russian women’s peace movement during World War I. International Women’s Day was first celebrated by the United Nations in 1975 and has continued its global connections. In worship and daily living, Christians are called to greater support of women’s rights and their full participation in political and economic arenas of life. The Presbyterian Church (USA) marks the Sunday nearest to March 8 as Celebrate the Gifts of Women Sunday.
For WPPC, this is just part of Women’s History Month. Most of our music, hymns, and liturgy are composed or written by women. The sermons will also draw inspiration from some amazing feminist theologians. The service this Sunday, March 11, was prepared by Elder Beryl Small with our two parish associates, The Rev. Peggy Howland and (the soon to be Rev.) Sarah Henkel, Cross-Cultural Network Coordinator for the Hudson River Presbtyery. Worship is at 10:00, with Lenten Education for Adults (A study of the Belhar Confession of Faith) and Lenten Arts for children and youth (creation of the salvation history banners to be presented on Palm Sunday) immediately following. All are welcome.