Nearly five years ago, in the heat of Washington DC, a group of young clergy women gathered for the very first time to imagine what bonds a group of young clergy women could form.
We started with a conference. We practiced our preaching. We inspired each other, but the conversation continued after most suitcases were packed. A group of 10 young clergy women remained. As Katherine Willis Pershey recounts, most of these women came for the free airfare.
It was there among those women with small continuing education funds that Fidelia's Sisters began.
In these five years, we have grown from 50 members to over 500 members. We have grown across denominational and national boundaries. We continue to expand as young clergy women seek to find more ways to support each other in ministry and faith.
We have been supported by the free services of many loving husbands to give our project an internet home. We have found ways to innovate using the technology we have so that The Young Clergy Women Project has found many homes on the internet. We started with a password-protected blog. We created Fidelia's Sisters. We tried to build our community through a NING network. There are multiple sites to tell you about our past conferences, our upcoming conference in 2011 and our book project. We also maintain a Facebook page and Twitter feed.
We would like help creating one website to house all our online venues. Our board has created a committee to explore how we might take that step. Proposals are underway, but we need help finding funding for the creation of a site. If you have experience in the areas of grant research and writing, we'd love to hear from you!
Contact Sarah Kinney Gaventa, website committee chair, at sarah(dot)gaventa(at)gmail(dot)com.