Birthing a Worldwide Church


“When a woman is in labor, she has pain, because her hour has come. But when her child is born, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy of having brought a human being into the world.” (John 16:21 NRSV)


Editorial Circle

Imagine Strong and Prophetic Leadership

– HiRho Y. Park, Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference

Theological Reflection

Shared Thoughts on a Worldwide Church

– Tracy Smith Malone, Northern Illinois Annual Conference, and Barbara Dick, Wisconsin Annual Conference

Spinning the Sacred Yarn

And They Saw, and They Went

– Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, Louisiana Area

Journeying with Clergy Women: Exploring Self-care in Community

– Choi Hee An, Presbyterian Church USA; Carole Bohn, United Church of Christ; Susan Hassinger, Council of Bishops (retired), Northeast Jurisdiction

Women’s Leadership Style

Breaking Ranks: Women Elders and Women Deacons in Ministry Partnership

– Victoria A. Rebeck, Minnesota Annual Conference

The Creating Spirit

Collaborative Energy: An Opening to a World of Possibility

– Lis E. Valle-Ruiz, Presbytery of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Nancy Hawthorne, Tennessee Annual Conference

How the Liberating Ritual of Showering Impacts General Conference Worship

– Laura Jaquith Bartlett, Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference

Windows to a Wider Sisterhood

Speak Out, Stand Up and Reach Out for Christ!

– Helen Manalac-Cunanan, Pampango Philippines Annual Conference

The Philippine Childbirth Experience and Birthing a Worldwide Church

– Carmen Manalac-Scheuerman, Pampango Philippines Annual Conference

Younger Voice

Sustained Discomfort: The Birthing Pains of a Truly Global Church

– Hannah Adair Bonner, Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference

The Church as the New Human Being

– Kazadi Musau Betty, North Katanga Annual Conference


One for All: A General Discipline in the Making

– Rena Yocom, Great Plains Annual Conference

Jesus Loves the Little Children: Dr. Elsa Tamez and Birthing a Worldwide Church

– Trudy Hawkins Stringer, Tennessee Annual Conference

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