Calling New Board Members!

Post Author: Emily Zeig Lindsey and Erica Schemper


The board, not bored, but working hard at our 2013 meeting in Nashville. We promise, we have fun, too!

Have you enjoyed reading articles by other young clergy women on Fidelia’s Sisters?  Have you gotten advice on a liturgical quandary or support during a difficult time through the Facebook group?  Have you benefitted from new learnings and side-splitting laughter at one of our conferences?  Are you excited about meeting up with other YCWs during meet-up week in February?

All of these things are made possible by The Young Clergy Women Project Board.  The board is a dedicated group of twenty young clergy women who work hard to ensure you know you’re not the only one.  If you want to give back through offering leadership to the project, then now’s your time!  We are currently looking for new board members.

The board of The Young Clergy Women Project is split into two boards – the Community Board and the Editorial Board.  Both boards create vision and direction for the project, as well as having their own roles:

The Community Board is the group of women who dream, foster, plan, and coordinate community activities.  This includes such things as maintaining online community space on Facebook and our website, facilitating meet-up week, and helping organize our conferences.

The Editorial Board manages our online magazine, Fidelia’s Sisters (, and coordinates our relationship with Chalice Press.

Both boards are seeking new members effective July 2014.  New board members are expected to attend the 2014 Conference in Minneapolis (July 7-10) and the Board Meeting immediately following it (July 10-12).

Board members serve a three-year term, which includes monthly online meetings and the face-to-face annual meeting.  Board members must be members of TYCWP project for at least six months and be no older than 35 when their board term begins.  If you’re interested, please contact Emily Zeig Lindsey ([email protected]) for an application and more information. We look forward to chatting with you more. Deadline to apply: February 28, 2014.

TYCWP Board Testimonies

I love the privilege of working and visioning with such a remarkable, faithful, talented group of young clergy women!  – Molly Field James

Serving on TYCWP’s board is connection with strong, dynamic, talented women. It’s laughter, wisdom and friendship. It’s knowing you are never alone and always, always, always having someone to call. It’s serving an organization you believe in wholeheartedly. It’s paving a way for the young women who come after us and giving thanks for the strong, fierce women who have come before. It’s a privilege and a joy.  – Jamie Lynn Haskins

It’s a way to serve the wider church that gives me tremendous hope for the future of the church.  Plus, I can attend meetings in my pajamas if I need to.  – April Berends

I love getting to see so many different styles of leadership and pastoring. So often my “colleagues” are so different from me (quite a bit older, mostly male, kids are out of the house/have a stay-at-home wife) it’s hard to compare myself to them. On the Board, so many of us have significant things in common (women, young, kids at home for some of us) it’s a lot easier for me to learn from our differences, because of those similarities.  – Kelly Boubel Shriver

I joined the board as a way to give back to an organization that I believe in and love. Serving on the board has given me an opportunity to work with a variety of women, and learn from them. I am so thankful for the perspectives offered, and the ways we learn from one another. Serving on the board has brought me both personal and professional growth.  – Julie Jensen

Erica Schemper and Emily Zeig Lindsey love leading the board of TYCWP together!  When not working with this fabulous organization, Emily can be found destressing in Zumba or ballet class.  Erica is usually chasing a kid or two (her own or her church kids) around.


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