Justice for Women

The United Church of Christ has been a leader among churches on issues of justice related to women.  It’s in our DNA, you might say. 

Yes, we were the first Christian denomination to ordain a woman when Antoinette Brown was ordained in 1853. But even before then, women who were members of our congregations lived their faith through advocacy to end the practice of slavery in the United States, to establish homes for poor women, and support educational opportunities for women.  Later, they were active in securing women’s right to vote and to work for fair wages. 

From the mid-1900’s to the present day, the UCC has continued this legacy through its advocacy for reproductive justice for all women, its call to end violence against women, its critical work on gender inclusive language as an issue of justice for all humankind, and its insistence on connecting the realities of sexism and racism.  And more.

This work is local and global, personal and community-wide.  It comes from a faith which affirms the full personhood of women as created in the image of God and included in the ministry of Jesus as partners, disciples and bearers of the Good News.

One Billion Rising for Justice

One in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime.

That is one billion women.

In 2013, one billion women and men shook the earth through dance to end violence against women and girls.

This year, on 14 february 2014 we are calling on women and men everywhere to harness their power and imagination to rise for justice.

Imagine, one billion women releasing their stories, dancing and speaking out at the places where they need justice, where they need an end to violence against women and girls.

What is One Billion Rising for Justice? It is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community outside places where they are entitled to justice – courthouses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, work places, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places where women deserve to feel safe but too often do not.  It is a call to survivors to break the silence and release their stories – politically, spiritually, outrageously – through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, testimonies and whatever way feels right.

Learn more and join the rising.

Women's Week 2014

The United Church of Christ will celebrate Women's Week during the first week of March, March 2-8, 2014, in conjunction with the World Day of Prayer for Women on March 7 and International Women's Day on March 8. The theme this year is Transfiguring Spiritual Practice: Seeking the Radiance of God through Social Media.

Together we will explore a new world of prayer possibilities, using social media to connect us with one another and with the Divine.  Wisdom is shared from generation to generation—elders and youth learning to pray together using this new medium, with youth leading the way with wisdom and experience on line.  Start organizing opportunities to get women and girls together at home, in congregations, in social settings to teach and learn and pray. Learn more and start planning.

Justice for Women - Learn More:


Rev. Lois M. Powell
Executive Associate to the General Minister and President
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland,Ohio 44115

Ms. Kristen Walling
Intern, Justice & Witness Ministries
700 Prospect Ave
Cleveland,Ohio 44115