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Emanuel AMEC Prayer

The World Day of Prayer USA Committee grieves for the loss of life and laments the violence suffered by the members of Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church (AMEC) in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday, June 17 2015.

We offer our prayers on behalf of the victims – Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Cynthia Hurd, Depayne Middleton Doctor, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance, Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Daniel L. Simmons, and Myra Thompson – their families and friends who grieve their loss, and the city of Charleston.

As an organization of Christian women dedicated to the cultivation of peace and justice through prayer and action, we are committed to standing in solidarity with the members of Emanuel AMEC in resisting and challenging the laws, ideals and attitudes that support and promote a racist society. We urge people across the country to commit to prayer, self-reflection, and action in an effort to root out the scourge of racism that for too long has plagued our nation and continues to inflict violence upon its people. We urge the church in its many contexts and incarnations to lead the way in this effort: to unite as the body of Christ in the work of healing and reconciliation. We stand on the promise of God as written in Psalm 147 verse 3, “God heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds.” We pray with faith that God will restore the community of Charleston and communities like it.

Holy God, we pray this day for the people of Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, especially for the nine souls who died at the hands of hate and who now reside with you. We pray for their families and friends: for comfort in their grief and an awareness of your love. USA distance calculator We pray for our nation, and ask for your healing Spirit to work in our hearts, that we may be inspired to work to end the racist hatred that festers in our communities and continues to wound the body of Christ in the world.

World Day of Prayer USA Board:                                                                                     

Susan Jackson-Dowd, Chair

Roshin Abraham

Marilyn Pagán Banks

Marlene J. Chase

Inez Torres Davis

Romi Hall

Ruth Lindsay

Mary Martin

Shivonne McKay

Patricia Jones Penn

Susan Skoglund

Esther Stephen

Arvella Austin Strong

Julia Tulloch

Itang Young

Staff

Nellie Choi

Andrea Miskow

Announcing: 2015 Grant Applications

Grant Application: 2015 Submission Guidelines

Before submitting an application, please carefully review the eligibility requirements to determine that your organization is qualified for funding from World Day of Prayer, USA.   Then, using the outline below as a guide, please prepare a formal proposal, and email it as one document (Microsoft Word or a pdf) to [email protected]. Please feel free to send additional materials, such as photos, graphics, or videos as attachments.

The deadline for applications is June 8, 2015.

TO ACCESS THE FULL APPLICATION: Click Word or PDF file

2015 Focus Areas:

This year, the women of the World Day of Prayer Committee of The Bahamas wrote the world day of prayer service. We will focus on making grants to organizations in The Bahamas, and to domestic and international organizations that address the areas the women of The Bahamas have identified:

  • Domestic violence
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Women in the workplace
  • Eco-justice
  • Refugees and migrant workers

Eligibility Requirements:

All requests for WDP USA funding should:

  • Reflect the mission of World Day of Prayer, USA
  • Affirm the worldwide and ecumenical concern for justice, peace and the integrity of creation
  • Provide services and/or effective advocacy for underserved and marginalized populations, particularly women and children
  • Benefit the target population without regard to religious affiliation

With respect to project support, WDP USA prefers not to fund: administrative salaries, benefits and expenses, utilities, rent and insurance. Capital expenditures are generally not considered unless they are central to the specific goal of the project.

Reaffirmed Friendship with Church Women United

Representatives from CWU and WDP USA at the 2014 WDP service. From left to right: Djamillah Samad, CWU National Executive; Marilyn Lariviere, CWU National President; Susan Skoglund, WDP Board Member; Andrea Miskow and Meagan Manas, WDP Staff.
Representatives from CWU and WDP USA at the 2014 WDP service. From left to right: Djamillah Samad, CWU National Executive; Marilyn Lariviere, CWU National President; Susan Skoglund, WDP Board Member; Andrea Miskow and Meagan Manas, WDP Staff.

World Day of Prayer has been an integral part of the lives of church women in the United States since the prayer movement’s inception. Church Women United (CWU) units across the country continue to gather in celebrations of this special day on the first Friday in March annually. For many years CWU was the national sponsor of World Day of Prayer in the United States. In 2005, the World Day of Prayer International Committee established a World Day of Prayer USA Committee to oversee WDP in the US.

On World Day of Prayer 2014 leaders from CWU and WDP USA signed a new memorandum of understanding affirming our supportive relationship and mutual commitment to work together.  Read the full text of the memorandum here.

World Day of Prayer needs YOU!

World Day of Prayer is searching for five new Board Members to fill vacancies in the classes of 2016* and 2017*! Do you know someone who would make a great WDP USA Board Member? Find out if they (or you!) would meet the requirements we’re looking for.
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The Board strives for a composition that is interdenominational, intergenerational, multi-cultural, and inclusive of women who serve as chaplains, missionaries, and seminarians. Particular attention in elections will be given to ensuring diversity of age, race and ethnicity, denominational affiliation, and geographic location.

The Board of Directors consist of

  • 15 members – women who are at least 18 years of age
  • active participants in a Christian denominational and/or church-related women’s organization and will actively support World Day of Prayer

Source: WDP USA Bylaws (Article II, Board: Section 2, Number and Qualifications)

Qualifications and capabilities required:

  • Service as a representative (local, national, international, etc.) of a Christian church women’s organization or a Christian ‘constituent ‘ organization
  • Experience with and/or commitment to WDP on the local level
  • Commitment to global ecumenism, global cooperation, and sharing responsibility
  • Knowledge of organizational procedures, budget development/financial oversight experience (or willingness to learn) with responsibility for financial wellbeing of an organization
  • Ability to give the necessary time to the WDP Board and its work
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work cooperatively with staff
  • Basic computer and internet literacy

*At this time, we are especially seeking the following skills: funds development, movement-building/networking, social media, and marketing/public relations.

Qualifications, experiences, and skills desired but not required:

  • Experience living in and/or knowledge of other cultures/languages
  • Knowledge of the needs of women, children, and families in different situations and conditions around the world
  • Experience with projects which support women and families
  • Theological training and/or adult education in theology
  • Experience with liturgy, Bible study, and music
  • Experience in leadership training, workshop presentation/facilitation, and public speaking
  • Experience working with websites and/or social media
  • Skills in writing, editing, and resource promotion/marketing
  • Experience in grant writing and other facets of funds development
  • Experience developing an organizational budget and keeping clear financial records

WDPUSA Board Meetings

The Board typically meets twice a year in New York (Spring and Fall) at a location determined by the Board. Travel and lodging costs for meetings are covered by the Board funds. Meetings are scheduled from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon.

Responsibilities and Roles of Board Directors

Board members:

  • Maintain and implement the global vision of World Day of Prayer while also supporting the financial health of the movement;
    Share responsibility for providing guidelines and resources to the many groups who organize and carry out World Day of Prayer services and celebrations in the USA;
  • Advocate for World Day of Prayer celebrations and services in local communities, among denominational, church-related groups, etc., including promotion of WDP at local, regional, or national conferences;
  • Share talents, skills, information, and knowledge in Board deliberations;
  • Serve on Committees of the Board;
  • Make decisions about financial grants (through offerings received) to be disseminated to various organizations that provide services to women and children throughout the world who are often adversely impacted by global factors;
  • Cultivate/identify prospective Board of Directors;
  • Perform other responsibilities required to carry out the work of the Board.

(Bylaws, Article II: Section 4)

Board Meeting Attendance Policy

Unexcused absence from two (2) regular meetings of the Board in any 12-month period (without limitation) will be considered cause for removal. Excused absences can be arranged and approved with the WDP USA Committee Chairperson prior to meetings.

Click here to download the Nomination Form.  Follow the directions on the form to submit it by June 1, 2014.

*Board Members serve until the end of the calendar year of their “class” year.

Announcing: 2014 Grant Application!

**Please note: Grant Application deadline has been extended to June 1, 2014!**

It’s here!  World Day of Prayer 2014 and our 2014 Grant Application!   Read more below on the kinds of projects WDP USA will fund this year, or download an applicationGrant Applications are due on Sunday June 1, 2014.

2014 Focus Areas:

This year, the women of the World Day of Prayer Committee of Egypt wrote the world day of prayer service.  We will be especially focused on making grants to organizations in Egypt, and to domestic and international organizations that address the areas the women of Egypt have identified:

  • Clean water
  • Girls’ education
  • Interfaith cooperation and dialogue
  • Poverty, Migration and Refugees

Eligibility Requirements:

All requests for WDP USA funding should:

  • Reflect the mission of World Day of Prayer, USA
  • Affirm the worldwide and ecumenical concern for justice, peace and the integrity of creation
  • Provide services and/or effective advocacy for under-served and marginalized populations, particularly women and children
  • Benefit the target population without regard to religious affiliation

With respect to project support, WDP USA prefers not to fund:  administrative salaries, benefits and expenses, utilities, rent and insurance.  Capital expenditures are generally not considered unless they are central to the specific goal of the project.

 

Advertise or Find a World Day of Prayer Service

Here at the World Day of Prayer USA office, we get a lot of phone calls from folks looking for a WDP service but not sure where to find one.

If you’re looking for a service:

We keep a running list of services online here.

Keep checking back, we are updating this list all the time!

If you’re hosting a service:

We don’t have any way of knowing when and where your service will be unless you let us know.  So please send us an email telling us when and where, and any other important details to info(at)wdp-usa(dot)org, or leave us a message at 212-870-2466!

January 11 is Human Trafficking Awareness Day

An estimated 27 million people are trafficked globally on an annual basis, the largest percentage being women and children. Human trafficking is growing in the crime industry, second in scope only to the drug trade and equal to arms.  Revenue from human trafficking is estimated at more than $32 billion annually.” *

While awareness of human trafficking, also called modern slavery, has risen in recent years, the problem persists with unbelievable resilience.  The sheer scope of the trafficking industry–the amount of money, the huge number of people involved–as well as the way it’s deeply embedded in all of our lives (slave labor is a part of the clothing, textile, mining, and agricultural sectors,just to name a few) can cause us to turn away from this seemingly intractable problem.  But what difference could I make?  What could I do?  we ask ourselves, helplessly.

This Saturday, January 11, is Human Trafficking Awareness Day.  In fact, President Obama has declared the entire month of January National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, to culminate in the celebration of National Freedom Day on February 1.  What can you do to combat modern slavery?  Quite a lot, actually.   From learning more, educating your community, organizing professional networks, advocating for legislation, and even examining the choices you make to buy certain things, you and your community can make a difference!  Check out resources from:

Another way to combat human trafficking is to support World Day of Prayer USA!  The service written by Malaysia in 2012 directly spoke to the need to end human trafficking, and as trafficking disproportionately affects women and girls, organizations that work to end trafficking are often WDP USA grant recipients.  Check out two recent organizations to receive WDP USA grants, NOMI Network and International Justice Mission, to learn more.

*http://ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/human-trafficking-awareness-day-events

Missed our webinar? Catch up online!

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We had such a great time with those of you who were able to connect to our first-ever webinars the week before Thanksgiving!  Many of you were not able to connect in real time, so we’re offering the following ways to catch what you missed!

1. If you have a PC, download the recording of our webinar, in .wmv format.

For Macs and other devices, download the recording in .mp4 format.

(Note: this link will send you to a dropbox site where you can download the file.  It is too big to link to from our website!)

2. Download this PDF file with the slides and notes for the presentation.

3. Download the Powerpoint presentation, including our notes.

We had such success with this webinar that we will be working on ways to offer them again in the future.  Stay tuned!

“Umulga” SHe-Space: women and men working together for gender justice

 Cross-posted from the World Council of Churches website.

01 November 2013

By J. Ayana McCalman

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The World Council of Churches (WCC) has devoted 60 years of active commitment to gender justice. The WCC  10th Assembly being held in Busan, Republic of Korea is continuing the campaign for advocacy for gender justice. The WCC, in partnership with Korean women, has designed an encounter space –Umulga SHe-Space in the Madang exhibition hall at the WCC assembly.

What is Umulga SHe-Space?

Umulga, a Korean word, means “the well”- a place where the essential can be found. The Umulga SHe-Space is an inclusive space for women and men (She and He) to exchange, rest, pray and reflect either individually or in groups on issues related to gender justice.

The space is designed in the style of Korean hospitality and reflects the various places that are part of the lives of women and men in community. There is a booth representing a market-place with various craft and cloth items for sale, designed by women in Korea. There is a courtyard style meeting space, a tea stand, couch benches to rest and relax and a quiet room to pray. On Thursday, several women and men were in conversation and relaxing in The Umulga SHe-Space.

An important feature of the Umulga SHe-Space is a prayer tree at the entrance of the space, representing traditional Zelkova trees at the entrance of Korean villages. Visitors to this space are invited to write their prayers on coloured ribbons. Their prayers are for gender justice and a world free of violence against women and girls. These ribbons hang as blossoms on the prayer tree.

Dr Fulata Mbano-Moyo, WCC programme executive for Women in Church and Society, spoke about the idea behind the space. She said that Umulga SHe-Space is a way “to make sure that the assembly promotes gender justice and encourages participants to include gender justice in their agenda for dialogue and perspectives shared at the assembly.”

What do men think?

Gleeson Vernon Jobis an active participant of the Umulga SHe-Space. So what does he think of the space? He sees the encounter space as an important multicultural approach to the journey of women and men for gender justice. He added “This is a personal journey for me. I decided at a young age that I don’t want to be a perpetrator of violence, and I will stand against violence against women. As a man, I believe gender equality is a step in the right direction. Women should not be seen as lesser.” He said men must be encouraged to become active in building a just community of women and men in a genuine way.

Thursdays in Black

Badges promoting the “Thursdays in Black” campaign were also available at the space. Assembly participants were actively supporting the campaign on Thursday by wearing black and the badges. The campaign was started by the WCC in the 1980’s as a form of peaceful protest against rape and violence – especially taking place during wars and conflicts. WCC supports zero tolerance of violence against women.

A series of dialogues will take place at the Umulga SHe-Space during the assembly. There will also be discussions held at the assembly on issues of gender titled “Community of women and men in the church: mutual recognition and transformative justice”.

*J. Ayana McCalman is a lawyer and missionary for the Council for World Mission (CWM). She works for the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa as communications and justice advocacy officer.

WCC’s 60-year journey for gender justice continues (WCC feature of 28 October)

Official website of the WCC 10th Assembly