Women's Week 2014

Women's Week 2014

Theme
Transfiguring Spiritual Practice: Seeking the Radiance of God through Social Media

New Date
United Church of Christ will celebrate Women's Week this year during the first week of March, March 2-8, 2014. This brings us into line with other denominational and secular observances of Women's Week (World Day of Prayer for Women is March 7; International Women's Day is March 8).  The week encompasses Sunday March 2, Festival of Transfiguration, and Wednesday, March 5, Ash Wednesday.

Start organizing
Women's Week 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.

  Resources

Sharing the Radiance of God on Social Media
Three Services for UCC Women’s Week
March 2-8, 2014
Worship for Transfiguration Sunday

Women’s Week for this year offers not one but three worship options for congregations to choose among. Service One and Service Two both employ social media to connect the onsite congregation with people at a distance. Service Three does not employ social media. Services One and Two are offered with Prep lists and Technical Tips. Sermon Seeds by the Rev. Kathryn Matthews Huey offers biblical background for all services.

Service One and Two by the Rev. Nicole Havelka

The Rev. Nichole Havelka , the Southwest Area Minister for the Michigan Conference of the United Church of Christ, is leading the way in using social media for renewal of the church in the 21st century. Get to know Nicole by following her blog, www.prayitforward247.com.

Instructions
Service One and Two

Service One: onsite/online participants using meditation stations
This service uses a model which is gaining popularity in many emerging church gatherings. Reflection on the Word is done in small groups in “stations” set up around the sanctuary. Music, arts, meditative practices are employed to explore the scripture in different ways. The congregation gathers back at the table to conclude the service with Holy Communion.

Join an Online Celebration of Service One
As Women's Week begins, you're invited to participate in the celebration of this Transfiguration Sunday Service One by joining us on Facebook at 5:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, March 1. The Rev. Nicole Havelka will lead the service at the Amistad Chapel at the national offices of the United Church of Christ in Cleveland, and you can join us by connecting to the Amistad Chapel Facebook page or the Extravagance UCC Facebook page.

Service Two: for onsite/online participants using traditional preaching

This service uses a traditional model of Word and Sacrament , but employs social media to open the service to participants at a distance.

Service Three: Service of Word and Sacrament for onsite congregation
Written by the Rev. Kaji Spellman

Bible Study on the Revised Common Lectionary passages for Sunday by the Rev. Kathryn Matthews Huey, Dean of Amistad Chapel and editor of Sermon Seeds.
http://www.ucc.org/worship/samuel/march-2-2014.html

Scripture passages for Transfiguration Sunday: http://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/texts.php?id=22

Daily Prayer and Meditation Opportunities will be provided on line through the Amistad Chapel Facebook page or the Extravagance UCC Facebook page.

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