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.


The Rev. Yein K

Vice President of EWHP, Yein has been active in the organization for several years--she is part of the team that is planning the worship for 2022 Genreal Convention..

Jo Ann Steed

Jo Ann is the Secretary of The Women's History Project. She has been a teacher of literature for her professional life. She is also as a love of bicycling.

Judith Lane Gregory

Judith Gregory,known by Judi, is the treasurer of EWHP. She is also the Canon for Finance and Admisntration for the Dioecese of Delaware.

Dr. Joan Gundersen

Dr. Joan Gundersen is the Chair of the Awards Committe. She is also a past President of EWHP.

The Rev. Cecily Sawyer Harmon

Cecily is a Deacon in the Diocese of Delaware. She is also part of the Team. She recently participated on a journey in the Holy Land with Bishop Greg Rickel.


Born in Seoul, Korea in an Anglican family, with a long history of Anglican priests in the lineage, Connie is a membr of the Grants Committee.

Barbi Tinder

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 and provides friends and board members with meditatons inspired by her photos.

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!


Bean Murray is the newest member of the EWHP Board. She comes to the work with years of teaching and wiritng.


Dr. Sandra Squires is the Chair of the Grants Committee. She has been active in the world of women in the Episcopal Chruch for a part of her life, snd brings many ideas for EWHP.


EWHP is looking for women who want to tell the stoires they have met in the process of their work. The purpose of EWHP is to keep the work of the women alive! Write for Us!

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.

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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.

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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.

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New Horizons

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.

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Jo Ann Steed

Jo Ann is the Secretary of The Women's History Project. She has been a teacher of literature for her professional life. She is also as a love of bicycling.


See the world on your trusty bike.

Jo Ann has been bikng for about ten years. She belongs to a group who ride together and have very unusual adventures.

It's a great way to find GOD!

To Be A Teacher


I never want to be a transactional individual. If I do something for you, I don’t want anything back. Satisfaction should come from the giving. I have had people over the years help me unconditionally. Love and respect that quality. Want to live it more in my life.

Thoughts On Prayer

I am soooooo tired of reading how prayer has been “taken” out of school. First I don’t ever remember praying in unison aloud in school in my life. We have had moments of silence in the mornings for a good while now. Second, if I want to pray, I can and do it anywhere I want—in traffic, in a waiting room, even riding my bike. God, prayer, and faith can’t be taken from me. That the Democrats are coming for prayer is insane. Plus DNC did not remove God from the Pledge. I watched it. God gave me eyes, ears, and a brain


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.”

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Three Bishops

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.

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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.

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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!

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Barbi Tinder

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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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? “

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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