We Are Unique
“As an organization within the church we are unique. We have no equal in the list of church organizations. Thus, we can claim our place among them. We can offer workshops and give addresses and talks as E.W.H.P. We have continued to publish an excellent Newsletter as E.W.H.P. giving voice to our foremothers, and it is a rich and diverse chorus reflecting the many gifts women have brought to the Church. Women, who in many instances WERE the Church, whose lives not only touched ours but shaped them.” ELEANOR SMITH, Past President
The Rev. Dr. Jo Ann Barker
President of The Episcopal Women's History Project. Jo Ann is a trainer for Education for Ministry. She has several passions, including masks for the Covid Pandemic. She has been Rector at thee churches. learn more about her here.
Elizabeth is the Secretary of The Women's History Project. Her latest task was to study, reivew and update the By-Laws of the organization. Her monthly minutes keep all up to date.
The Rev. Rose Mary Joe-Kinale
A quote from Rose Mary: "i am committed to the Five Marks of Mission--and as a Native American, if is my experience that the women carry a carry a major responsiblity in the lives of their familes-"
The Rev. Cecily Sawyer Harmon
Cecily is a Deacon in the Diocese of Delaware. She is part of the Diocese of Delaware' s Team on Mission.This past summer she participated in a journey in the Holy Land with Bishop Greg Rickel.
Barbi has a member of the EWHP Board since the 2018 General Convention. Barbi is one of her pasions is nature photography. She captures the seasons in the beautiful state of Maine
Robin Sumners, Ph.D.
Robin Sumners is the Communicator for the EWHP Board. She loves the creativity the Women of the Church--especially th stories and history of what the women have done!
The Rev. Dr. Matilda Dunn
Dr. Dunn has been active in the work of women in the Episcopal church both in America and in her home country of Liberia. She actively serves the members of Liberia in America.
The Rev. Dr. Jo Ann Barker
Rev. Barker has served on the EWHP board for six years, three as secretary. She was elected President at General Convention 2018. Jo Ann is an Episcopal priest who served as Rector for twenty years to three churches: St. John’s Harrison, Arkansas; St. Mark’s Jonesboro, AR, and St. Anne’s in Middletown, Delaware, from where she retired with her husband to live in Sewanee, Tennessee. Throughout her years as Rector, Jo Ann practiced compassionate care to her congregation and preached social justice and love.
JO ANN TEACHES
EDUCATION FOR MINISTRY
She has been a Mentor in the Education for Ministry program since the 1980s and continues as a mentor the group in Sewanee. She now also is a Trainer of mentors, doing trainings all over the US. Jo Ann is deeply devoted to the Convent of St. Mary’s and humbly celebrates the Holy Eucharist for the sisters every Wednesday as well as occasionally on Sundays. She also supplies for other Episcopal Churches in the area where needed.
EDUCATION AT MANY LEVELS
SCHOOLS FOR ALL FAMILY
She met and married her husband Larry and they moved to Memphis where he went to medical school and did his residency in ObGyn. Jo Ann worked in the research labs of UT supporting him and beginning their family. They have three children: Joseph (works for the State Dept./CDC as an epidemiologist HIV/AIDS in Kenya.) Michael (is a Theater Manager in Westport, Connecticut. He is the father of our grandson Lawrence) Amanda (is the Director of the Colorado Land Trust and lives in Boulder with her fiancé All three children attended Sewanee's St. Andrews School.
Graduate School and New Opportunities
Jo Ann graduate with a doctorate in Congregational Development from Seabury-Wester Seminary in Chicago. All this experience is very helpful with her position as Preisdent of the Episcopal Women's History Project.
The Rev. Nan Peete
An History Maker
An Episcopalian priest, the Reverend Canon Nan Arrington Peete was born on August 19, 1938, in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from the University of Chicago Laboratory School in 1955. Her parents, Phoebe and Maurice Arrington, worked as a teacher and civil engineer, respectively. Her father lived mostly in Michigan where his work projects were located, but he traveled to Chicago every week to be with the family. After high school, Peete married and had two children, Richard and Valerie, and her family relocated to Los Angeles. She earned her B.A. degree in economics from Occidental College in Los Angeles in 1975, her M.A. degree in human resource management from the University of Redlands in Redlands, California in 1978, and her M.Div.degree from the General Theological Seminary in New York City in 1984.
Working for Those In Need
From A Consultant to a Canon
Prior to entering the seminary, Peete was a management consultant with Coopers and Lybrand Accounting Firm, where she was an expert in organizational management and financial analysis. After her ordination in 1984, Peete was the curate at St. Mark's Church in Upland, California, and in 1985 became rector of All Saints Church in Indianapolis. Working with the Indianapolis Episcopal Metro Council, she involved the parish in housing the homeless in the nave of the church, which eventually led to the development of the Dayspring family shelter ministry. From 1989 to 1994, Peete served in the Diocese of Atlanta as Canon to the Ordinary. In this assignment, she was responsible for the ordination process of priests, the Training-in-Ministry program, and the deployment of clergy for congregations seeking clergy.
A Woman Speaks at Lambeth
The First Woman to Address The Lambeth Conference
In 1988, Peete was invited by the Archbishop of Canterbury to be a consultant for the Lambeth Conference, a conference of Bishops representing Dioceses around the world. She was the first ordained woman to address this body, which meets every ten years in Canterbury, England. She faced opposition but also received tremendous support as she made her case in the speech she gave. The speech was well received and resulted in an international policy change and the ordination of many women priests and the subsequent ordination of women as Bishops of the Episcopal Church. She was also a speaker at the pre-Lambeth meeting of the Afro-Anglican Bishops, held in Cambridge, England. The Archbishop of Canterbury said this about The Rev. Peete: ″It is, I believe, a fundamental change for which a much greater doctrinal consensus is required and from the greater part of the Christian church,″ he said. Answering questions later at a news conference, Leonard said: ″I’m not prepared to say the Rev. Nan Peete is a priest, but I’m not prepared to say she isn’t.″
Canon for Ministry, Ordination
Inclusiveness and Justice
From 1994 to 1999, Peete served on the staff at Trinity Church Wall Street as the associate for Pastoral and Outreach ministries, and as the Canon for Ministry in the Diocese of Southern Ohio from 1999 to 2003. She became Canon for Deployment and Ordination for the Diocese of Washington in March 2003. Peete represents the Episcopal Church on the National Ministries Unit of the National Council of Churches in Christ (NCCC), and on the Inclusiveness and Justice Standing Committee of the NCCC. She was one of the keynote speakers at the 1995 Afro-Anglican conference in Cape Town, South Africa. She also participated in the first Afro-Anglican conference in Barbados in 1985. She serves on many church-related boards and commissions.
My dad taught his children that everyone and everything has a history that should be respected for the sake of learning and wisdom. He would tell us about the deep ruts of a stagecoach trail that ran through our pasture, where it had come from, where it was going. Every tree and rock and spring and animal and neighbor had a history, of itself and of those who came before them. Our lives were so enriched by his curiosity and love for the people and world around us.
Work and Wisdom
Live Us Taught To Live The Spiritual
As an adult, dear Lakota friends in South Dakota taught me more fully the dimensions of respect for the work and wisdom of those who had gone before us, preparing and teaching, and that we in return must show respect for our elders and relatives (which is everyone). In life I have met people who study history, who have the wisdom of having lived through total societal change, who govern, and even those who have taught us to live and about the spiritual and physical experience of death, like Sr. Margaret Hawk, Margaret Mead, The Ven. Vine Deloria, Elizabeth Kubler Ross. When being with them and others, like John F. Kennedy, and Bill Clinton, or Katherine Jefferts Schori and Michael Curry, it is their humanity that shines through and inspires me.
Being A Church Lady
Living History Honorable and Lifechanging
Yet aside from my family, indeed I feel that working with other women actually doing Christ’s ministry has been the most satisfying and rewarding time of my life, literally taking me to many new places in our neighborhoods, country and the world. My life profession was nursing, but all the while my interests also followed journalism and history and law. And when I retired, I became a “certified church lady,” as my family would say. It became an opportunity to discuss these subjects with many learned and spiritual people I never would have met had I not moved outside my own little circle. No, I am not ordained, but all the ministries and work of laywomen are also honorable and lifechanging. My mother and husband and son were all teachers and professors of history, yet I actually lived a lot of history while volunteering in the Church. How did it happen, you may ask? Simply by being willing to go or to do jobs that needed to be done, regardless of how lowly or noble. I did not ask to go. No one else had time. I did the best I could do. Just by being there. Jesus was with me
“Only one life, twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.”
In Summer Bible School almost 75 years ago, an Evangelical friend taught me a rhyme I just remembered as I sat down to write this: “Only one life, twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.” Regardless of our various personal religious or irreligious beliefs, we know our world needs for us to love God (the Great Holy Spirit) and pray we will be helped to truly love our neighbor as ourselves, as Jesus taught us to do. I recommend that you consider volunteering more in your Church, Diocese, Province, and National Church Women’s organizations and affiliates. If there is not something that interests you, start it yourself! You can easily find people to help you. Or perhaps you could join with us - the Episcopal Women’s History Project, where we listen, record, and tell the stories of everyday saints to help guide the rest of us as we strive to be the same. You may not always receive adequate notice or thanks, but you will experience and know a life worth living in Christ
Canon Judith Lane Gregory
Certified Public Accountants don’t always choose a career road that leads to the Episcopal Church. Judith started her higher education majoring in Business Administration with a major in accounting studying at Widener University. Then she became a Certified Public Accounting in the State of Delaware. She started out in Banking and then moved to a CPA group. She specialized in small business. After ten years of serving a CPA for the business world, she joined the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware originally the Business Manager and Human Resources Director. Her story begins like this-- “For the past 26 years, I have been blessed to work with the people of the Episcopal Church in Delaware as their Canon for Finance and Administration. The pathway toward this work rambled through banking and public accounting. I remember Bishop Tennis wondered if my enthusiasm for this work would continue for very long, but it has.”
Enthusiam for the Work
Judith has served under three Bishops. The first was The Rt. Rev. Calvin Cabell Tennis—who was a lawyer before being ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church. Judith worked with Bishop Tennis for three years before he retired. The second Bishop was Wayne Parker Wright. Wright studied at the College of William & Mary and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in American History, after which he worked as a journalist for two years. Judith served as the Canon for Finance and Administration of under Bishop Wright for twenty years. In 2017, The Rt. Rev. Kevin S. Brown was elected the Bishop of Delaware and Judith began what has been the 34 year of serving her Delaware Diocese. Brown grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, and studied mathematics and psychology at Duke University. He completed his MBA at the University of West Florida while in the U.S. Air Force, then worked in finance and marketing at FedEx. Judith has a point of view being an MBA, and she finds it interesting to be on the education page with her bishop.
A New Kind of Peace Corp
Fulfillling a Dream
Judy tells her story: “In 2008, the Episcopal Church Mission Department sent me to Sudan to work with the Episcopal Church in Sudan, based in Khartoum. As all missioners know, that experience changed my life and fulfilled a dream I had to join the Peace Corp.” She was told from the beginning to listen to their stories, from the stories she would learn important things about the culture: how foreigners were viewed by many South Sudanese, why the Bari opposed working in the market, and how the South Sudanese traditionally viewed cattle and other livestock.
A New Kind of Service
Growing in Every Garden
Judith’s work for the diocese has given her the fortunate chance to travel throughout the United States meeting people through General Conventions, Province III and the wonderful people working for the Church Pension Fund. She joined the Episcopal Women’s History Project in 2018 as Treasurer. Judi is sharing her talents and skills and her experience giving EWHP a much-needed injection of good financial understanding. When she has “free time,” she enjoys gardening growing gorgeous flowers and playing with her four cats!
Membership Secretary--A Lifelong Episcopalian
As a lifelong Episcopalian there have been many opportunities to be active and serve in the church. Growing up in Massachusetts our parents took us to an Episcopal Church within two miles of our home. We worshiped in a church that was built on the early 1800s. It was a very caring community and I learned some much beyond the Sunday School lessons. There was junior and senior choir led by our organist who was an amazing organist. He made sure we were paying attention and would present a decent offertory hymn each week. He invited several of the junior high and high school age choir members to sing at old North Church where he played the organ for evening services, we sang the anthem and after the service he asked if we would like to go into the belfry as one of his duties was to ring the bells. He invited several of us to try “pulling the bells”! He had to encourage me a bit. I can say it is a real thrill to know that I have rung the bell at Old North!
The Gifts of Education
The Power of Education
The minister knew the children as individuals. He was instrumental in my having a summer job to help pay my college tuition. He arranged for me to take a class at the Boston Museum of Science and a counselor's position at Camp Holiday. I taught nature camp for several summers. Camp Holiday had originally been Holiday House where young working women could go for summer holiday and get away from the city. The next period of church involvement was after Jim's release from the Air Force. Our children were young, and we stayed with my parents until my husband had a job and we could look for our own place. It wasn't too long before the priest asked if I would like to help with the “Sunday School” as I had children involved. Thus, began a number of years as a Sunday school teacher. Eventually a friend whose daughter was also in Sunday School and I were asked to be the co-chairs for Sunday School. The best benefit was the two of us became excellent friends!
The Epsicopal Church Women
Many Places for Serving
Once our children were in school, mom asked if I could keep her company as she had to go to a diocesan ECW meeting and didn't want to go one her own. I had no idea what lay ahead of me. After a couple of meetings, the president asked me if I would like to join the board as I was there anyway. I had no idea where that journey might lead. It lead to Diocesan president, diocesan conventions, province meetings, Triennial meeting representative and even the diocesan bishop's search committee. At the province level I first attended representing my diocese. The province meetings led to being elected Province1 President, and the Province Representative to the ECW and UTO boards with various responsibilities.
The Beauty of the Earth, The Glory of Joy
The Talent of Giving Hands
Occupationally, over the years I have been an Occupational Therapist, Special Education Assistant, and Travel Consultant. For fun, I am a knitter, and a photographer where I capture nature and family activities. This season of Covid-19, I have created a daily meditation on a photo that I have taken, and I have shared them with my friends, my family and the many people I have met through my work as a lifetime Episcopalian. Serving on the Episcopal Women's History Project is an opportunity to offer my photography skills and broad knowledge of women whose stories we need to capture. I am thankful for the opportunities to continue to serve.
The Rev. Yein Esther Kim
Celebrating A Trilingual Multiple Parish
The Rev. Kim is associate priest at the Cathedral Center’s trilingual Congregation of St. Athanasius. Kim has helped usher in positive change at St. Athanasius’, where she serves with the Very Rev. Frank Alton, provost. The church offers three services on Sundays: a Spanish language, a Korean language and an English language service and also conducts trilingual vestry meetings. “The majority of the members are monolingual so every meeting we do is in three languages,” said Kim. “It’s come a long way. Father Frank [Alton] and I have tried hard to make this happen for us, to feel like it’s one congregation although we do services at different times. It’s not perfect, but it’s been great.”
Celebrating the United Nations
Commission of the Status of Women
The Rev. Kim attended the 61st session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) in New York March 13 – 24, 2018. She says, “The experience was amazing, and powerful and ought to happen all the time, not just two weeks each year.” She encouraged young people of the diocese to participate in the U.N. commission meeting, although she cautioned: “It’s a lot of document reading. There was a lot of information pouring in at us as soon as we arrived. You would think you’d go out and play in New York City but we stayed in the hotel and tried to catch up on the reading. Just hearing the stories of women from around the Anglican Communion was amazing,” Kim told The Episcopal News, “The biggest takeaway I had was hearing their stories. We had a lot of testimony in each event and some people came despite the immediate danger they were facing. Some weren’t able to come because of these issues.” Initially, Kim said she thought the theme “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work” implied discussions about equal pay for equal work and parental leave, but quickly discovered, that in some areas of the world, they amount to matters of life and death.
Stories from Around the Anglican Communion
Women from Around the World Come to New York
The conference has convened annually or biannually since 1946; it reached a turning point in Beijing in 1995 when it adopted a global policy for gender equality and the empowerment of women that identified 12 areas of critical concern. “It would be great to have an interim entity between the UNCSW; it only happens two weeks a year and since different groups go each year, it doesn’t feel as if there is consistency in between,” Kim said. “We felt like it was important to have something going on all year round and make transition smoother from one year to another.” Some women from developing countries shared that they could not speak their truth in their homelands, for fear of retribution or even death. Initially, Kim said she thought the theme “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work” implied discussions about equal pay for equal work and parental leave, but quickly discovered, that in some areas of the world, they amount to matters of life and death. Kim attended the UNCSW official meetings as an observer on the floor of the United Nations as well as parallel events, including a Eucharist celebrated by President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, at which Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry was the preacher.
The Rev. Yein Esther Kim Celebrates Women
Beliefs of United Nation Women
Twelve Small Actions with Big Impact on Generation Equality 1) Share the Care—a women’s work is never done; 2) Call out Sexism and Harassment—speak up and step up; 3) Reject the Binary—it’s humankind not mankind; 4) Demand an equal work culture—unified parental leave; 5) Exercise Your Political Rights—Vote! Consider voting for women; 6) Shop Responsibly—Women are disproportionately impacted by climate change; 7) Amplify Feminist Books, Movies and More—Invest in the media they produce; 8) Teach Girls Their Worth—There is not wrong or right way to be a girl; 9) Challenge What it Means “to be a man”—Foster allowing boys and men to express emotions; 10) Commit to a Cause—Nothing is too small!; 11) Challenge Beauty Standards—Treat all bodies equally valuable and deserving of celebration; 12) Respect the choices of others—Every person has the right to make their own decisions
The Reverend Deacon Cecily Sawyer-Harmon
Board Member from the Diocese of Delaware
The Reverend Deacon Cecily Sawyer-Harmon is an active and energetic 70-years young, serving as chaplain for the Episcopal Campus Ministry at the University of Delaware and as a Deacon for St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church in Newark, Delaware. She loves being able to serve the people she touches. “It is a passion and a real gift that God has given to me to be present and available to help people.”
What Does God Want With This Next Part of My Life?
Research has saved my life
A diagnosis of gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) in 2004 changed her life. Realizing that local doctors and hospitals in Delaware were not versed in her type of cancer, she turned to the experts at Fox Chase Cancer Center. There she found options for treatment that were unavailable locally. In remission with a daily oral chemotherapy pill since 2006, Rev. Sawyer-Harmon is grateful and amazed at her good fortune. “Because of my experience with cancer, I felt the call to the ministry. ‘God, what do you want me to do with the next half of my life?’ I see myself leading a full and lively life for many years to come,” she explains. “The medication I take resulted from many years of research. We need to keep the research going so other patients can benefit like I have. Gifts are important for that. I have a chronic illness now with a full life ahead of me.”
Stress, Difficulty with Relationships, Depression, Grief
People have many needs
The Rev. Cecily Sawyer Harmon is now a licensed clinical social worker who previously worked with UD’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), is co-located with the Nurse Managed Primary Care Center at the Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus Health Sciences Complex on South College Avenue and is available by appointment on Wednesdays and Thursdays. “People meet with me for a lot of reasons — stress, difficulty with a co-worker or manager, a group that’s struggling to get along, couples in need of counseling, depression, grief — the list goes on and on,” said Harmon, who is also chaplain to the Episcopal Campus Ministry at UD. She also a passionate advocate for the nation’s orphans, and a signature achievement was facilitating a negotiation with the federal government to pay for orphanages’ medical needs.
The Rev. Cecily Sawyer Harmon Ordained Deacon
Traveled where called
The Rev. Cecily Harmon is an ordained Deacon in the Episcopal Church. She has many hats and many loves and her work has giving aspects with all she does. Here is a quote from one of Deacon Harmon’s sermons: “As we live into this Advent season; and the proverbial question, are we there yet? Here are a few suggestions, call a parishioner whom you have not seen invite someone for lunch or dinner a cup of coffee, a glass of wine. Make that call you have been meaning to make. Respond to that request you received that you cannot shake. Befriend the difficult neighbor, the relative with whom you have a strained relationship; what wilderness relationship has God called you to be water and light? What wilderness area do you think might benefit from your presence, the generosity of your family’s time? Where has God called you to bring his peace, His love, His life-giving water? “
The Rev. Rose Mary Joe-Kinale
Board Member from The Diocese of Nevada
The Rev. Rose Mary Joe-Kinale is the priest serving St. Paul's Parish in Virginia City, Nevada, a history city, where the parish is a historic community. is a Total Ministry Congregation, a community of believers grounded in worship and in the sacraments. The Mission of the Parish is stated: Embracing our diversities, we seek to empower the life of the Kingdom of God for everyone, be it the tourist, resident of the area, occasional attendee, class participant or active member. We are stewards of the unique history of the Episcopal Church in Nevada as embodied in this sanctuary. We offer to all an opportunity to join us in our search to know and follow the God of love.
An Historic Church
In a National Register of Historic Places
Founded September 1, 1861. St. Paul’s parish is the mother church of all Episcopal churches in Nevada. The church is an historic Carpenter Gothic-style Episcopal church building located at F and Taylor Streets. It was built in 1876 to replace an earlier church that had burned down in 1875. St Paul’s Parish is still an active congregation in the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is a contributing property in the Virginia City Historic District which was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1961 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966
The Winter Talk
Meeting of the Indigenous Peoples
The Rev. Joe-Kinale is one of the organizers of Winter Talk, the meeting of the Indigenous People’s Network of the Episcopal Church, which represents members of the Church from 18 Dioceses within the Province (Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona and the Navajoland Area Mission). Bishop Edwards was congratulated and commended for his work with a formal resolution. “Be it resolved that we congratulate Bishop Dan for his commitment to the welfare of all people, including Natives, by raising up Native leaders within the Church and empowering them to guide their communities in the teaching of Jesus Christ and strong urge him to continue to do good works;”
Meaning of the Ordination of The Rev. Rose Mary Joe-Kinale
Native American in the Diocese
A resolution made also note of Bishop Dan’s advocacy for the Moapa Band of Paiutes from the effects of a coal burner power plant located near their reservation. Bishop Edwards was also commended for ordaining the Rev. Reynalda James and the Rev. Rose Mary Joe-Kinale. “This is a significant accomplishment for Native Americans in the Diocese, especially those from the Paiute / Shoshone Nation who are Episcopalian because it affirms that there are qualified Natives who can lead their people in the love and fellowship of Christ.”
EWHP MEMBERSHIP FORM
Membership in EWHP is $25.00 a year. Membership payment may be made on line by clicking the link marked “Membership,” and making your payment. If you wish to pay by check or cash, please make checks out to Episcopal Women’s History Project; do not use just the EWHP on the check, as the bank will not accept checks with just the Letters. Mail your payment to: Judith Gregory, Treasurer, Episcopal Women’s History Project; 14 Rossiter Circle, Newark, DE 19702