Last fall, the Rev. Patty Garner and Sr. Sallie Greenfield paid me a visit here at the IBOC office in Bethlehem. In addition to dropping off a bottle of my favorite Texas Pete Hot Sauce (Patty’s family runs the company), they came to talk about the possibility of doing an issue of The Moravian devoted to the Unity Women’s Desk.
The Unity Women’s Desk has been in the works for years. Through Unity Synods, Unity Board Meetings, international Consultations and more, the women who’ve established the UWD worked to build an organization that specifically addresses the needs of Moravian women around the globe. I’ve been impressed with what I’ve heard about the group so far and was eager to share more about its work.
So when Patty and Sallie pitched their idea to me, I jumped at the chance share their stories in The Moravian. In this issue, you’ll learn about how the Unity Women’s Desk works, how it came to be and how it is making a difference in the lives of women and girls in the far-flung corners of the Moravian world. This international group represents one vital way working as a Unity—that is, nearly two dozen provinces and mission areas—can bring hope and help.
This issue also features more information about the upcoming Southern Province Synod of 2014, good news from the church in Honduras, the opening of a Moravian school in Sierra Leone and more.
And following on the heels of this month’s roundup will be another opportunity to share the great work being done by Moravians around the globe. Our April issue will include the 2013 Board of World Mission Annual Report, highlighting the Board’s work in areas like Central America, Africa, the Canadian Maritimes, Alaska, Nepal and other locales around the globe.
From the March 2014 Moravian Magazine