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Begun on faith and the proverbial shoestring, The Episcopal Women's History Project was organized in 1980 by a handful of dedicated Episcopal Churchwomen in New York City. Formed to raise the consciousness and conscience of the Episcopal Church to the historic contributions of its women, EWHP began, and has continued to gather the life stories of Episcopal Churchwomen who have served God faithfully and selflessly. It has inventoried written source materials, gathered oral histories, published a lively newsletter, supported research, given grants, and encouraged interest at all levels through conferences and workshops.
EWHP is an independent organization entirely supported by voluntary contributions. All donations to EWHP are tax-deductible. To make a contribution or to receive further information about EWHP or any of its projects contact the appropriate board member.
The EWHP Prayer
One of the founders of EWHP, Joanna Gillespie wrote this prayer for EWHP:
O God, Creator of all life, bless the unsung lives of countless Christian women in every century who were your hands and feet, who kept alive your compassionate presence by feeding the hungry, nursing the sick clothing the naked, comforting the sad, praying and petitioning, strengthening those in prison, teaching the stories, sewing and singing, weeping and rejoicing. Grant us the wisdom to discern our ministries in this day as our foremothers found theirs; lead us in new and timeless forms of discipleship; and let us joyfully find our place in this procession of praise, offering our varied gifts and voices together with them and Mary, the Mother of our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
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