Every year on March 8, communities around the world celebrate the achievements made in women’s rights and renew their commitment to continue working towards the liberation of women and girls globally. The celebrations acknowledge the milestone made in women’s rights in all levels of society. Additionally, it is a time to renew calls for equality between women and men in all sectors of society. The first International Women’s Day was observed in 1911 and Christ Church has marked this day since 2011.

Women in the Anglican Communion participate in observing International Women’s Day in various ways. Some, like Christ Church, host events and use their worship space to celebrate. Others bear witness to women’s leadership in the Church by affirming their commitment to empowering women and address patriarchy in liturgy and other areas of the church. While the Episcopal Church has formally recognized the leadership of women, both lay and ordained, for a generation now, there is still work towards parity that needs to be done. We also pray for Anglican women around the globe whose lay leadership is not fully acknowledged and for whom the path to ordination is not open.

This year’s theme is Make It Happen! Christ Church will be making it happen with special components to Sunday worship on March 8. Pauline Muchina, Ph. D., a graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary, the founder of the African Women and Youth Initiative, and Christ Church parishioner, will preach at the 10:00 a.m. service. We have also partnered with Empowered Women International to host a celebration of International Women’s Day with an international marketplace. Over a dozen women entrepreneurs will share their wares, as well as food from their home cultures, in a festive marketplace in the Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public. We hope that you will invite your friends to join you on Sunday, March 8, between 11:30 and 3:00 p.m.

News item submitted by Pauline Muchina,Ph.D. and the Rev. Heather VanDeventer

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