We know that women have a long history of working together across denominations to pool their strengths, skills and resources. One organization that embodies this history is World Day of Prayer (WDP). Working in over 170 countries, World Day of Prayer invites women to join together in solidarity of prayer and action every year on the first Friday in March. A different country is assigned to write a worship service on an assigned theme each year, and then women and men around the world celebrate that service on the same day, collecting offerings that are granted out to organizations that work with women and children on issues related to the year’s theme.
This year, the first Friday in March was also the Friday before the start of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). “I was a stranger and you welcomed me,” the focus of this year’s worship service, written by France, brought the stories of immigrant and migrant women out of the shadows. Migration often creates situations in which violence against women and girls can be perpetrated–the theme of this year’s CSW. You can learn more about the UN Commission on the Status of Women at UN WOMEN.
On Tuesday, March 5, World Day of Prayer International Committee and World Day of Prayer USA Committee co-hosted a reception for women who participate in WDP and those who are interested in learning about it. There was time for the 60 or so people who gathered to share the stories of how their prayers and actions are being impacted by what they were learning at the CSW. Check out the videos for a sampling of a few.
Mary Button led an interactive art project where the women who came wrote out prayers that were transformed into flowers: bringing our prayers into blossom!