Who We Are
Young Clergy Women International is a network of the youngest ordained clergy women, defined as those under forty.
YCWI started out as The Young Clergy Women Project (TYCWP) in November 2006 as just an idea about getting young ordained women together to talk online. In 2007, TYCWP received a grant from The Louisville Institute that supported our preaching conference, board meeting, and web page. Energy begets energy, and these initial funded programs have generated more ways for young clergy women to connect.
Our energy initially led us to publish an e-zine by, for and about young clergy women. This publication, now known as Fidelia, began on October 1, 2007. As a community that began through the network of a series of bloggers, we were eager to share our stories in one publication – but we quickly discovered that our relationships flourished when we gathered off-line. We seek to offer an annual opportunity to gather for young clergy women at our conferences and encourage our members to host regional gatherings.
We have been grateful for the support of many supporters including the Center for Congregational Health and The New Media Project at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. As a community that primarily gathers on-line, YCWI partnered with the New Media Project in a collaborative project to understand how social media boosts community resulting in a case study on our ministry. As part of this relationship with the New Media Project, YCWI received a grant which helped create a newly designed website with Faith Growth that would allow us to include all of the dynamics of our energetic community including our publications, our conferences and our thriving conversation among young clergy women around the world.
While we know that we cannot provide a place for every young clergy women, YCWI has identified the need for nurture and support of those that are discerning a call into the ministry. To this end, we created a group for Future Young Clergy Women to encourage those pursuing the ministry.