Women of the Diocese of the Rio Grande

"Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same lord; and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in everyone." (1 Corinthians 12:4-6)

“The mission of the Women of the Diocese of the Rio Grande is to connect and support all women in their diverse ministries. We do this by offering opportunities to gather for studying, re-creating, and celebrating who we are as women of Faith, Hope and Love.”

Monday, November 23, 2020

ANEW2 Christmas Party! Sign up Now!


All women of the diocese are invited to come together on December 12 at 10AM for the ANEW2 Zoom Christmas Party. Email CindyDavis, Coordinator of Women’s Ministry to be on the list to receive the Zoom link. You can join Zoom via phone, too.

We’ll be eating together virtually, so start thinking about what wonderful goodies you may want to prepare to tempt the rest of us. You can share your recipe with the group by emailing it to Cindy because we’ll be compiling a hand-out. 

See you then!

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Wilderness Retreat Resources and Registration

Download the Handouts for the Retreat. 

Use these questions to prepare for the event and think about Wildernesses in your life. 

Suggestions for ways to prepare your own SACRED SPACE are here

A Zoomed Retreat of Gathered Women
Offered by the Women’s Ministry of the 
Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande

November 20, 2020 (7-8:30PM, MST)
November 21, 2020 (9AM-4PM, MST)

There is the wilderness that lies just outside the borders of our civilized communities, and there is the wilderness that lies within our personal lives, as change on many levels hauls us into a new relationship with our own lives. This past year has been a huge wilderness time in our world. We need to learn new ways of orienting ourselves when all the old maps are shredded.
This retreat is an invitation to enter wilderness with others who also have been impacted by the wild places around us.
· How do we find grounding when so many foundations are shaking?
· How do we reclaim our common humanity when so many things that have described what it is to be human are no longer available to us?
The wonder about wilderness, however, is that it is the perfect place to remind us of what really matters, and that we can still reclaim joy. There are practices learnable in wilderness times which actually strengthen and deepen us to move ahead with our lives as they are now, and show us how we are still at home in our new selves, rooted in the Holy.
Using guided conversation, poetry, images, silence, music, and movement, this will be a real retreat, not a conference of talking heads.
We will BE community, speak deeply, listen intently, share intimately, sing, even eat together on line. It will be as close to a gathered community as we can create.
Participants will be able to do some preliminary work before we gather together over Zoom to deepen our inner work upon which we will build together.

Leading the retreat is the Rev. Carolyn MetzlerFormerly the Spiritual Director for the Living School for Action and Contemplation, Carolyn is a retired priest. She lives in wilderness next to the Cibola National Forest in Datil, NM, where she writes, weaves, prays, explores, and offers hospitality through AirBNB in her yurt.

 Registration is $10 to enable Women’s Ministry to offer scholarships and an honorarium, as well as minor incidentals. If you need a scholarship, contact Cindy. A couple generous donors have provided scholarship funds! THANKS).

Please register via PayPal below, or email Cindy. You can download the flyer to share with friends. 

You will receive the pre-retreat preliminary work sheet after you register. Around Nov. 14, you’ll receive suggestions to help set up a sacred space for the retreat.

Please plan to be present for the entire retreat, just as you would an in-person event.


Monday, October 26, 2020

Lots of Ideas to Consider

 The Women of the Diocese met on October 24 to Plan and Pray. We brainstormed ideas for upcoming ANEW2 events. Although attendance was low due to a simultaneous diocesan meeting, a wide variety of themes and ideas were gathered. The Women's Ministry council will work to implement some of these in the coming months. 

Ideas ranged from 'our mothers' to racial and border ministry topics to ways to deepen our spirituality and moving beyond COVID. 

A prayer vigil was also introduced for use through Election Day. 

You can watch the video of the meeting. 

Currently scheduled upcoming events include:

       Nov. 20-21 with the Rev. Carolyn Metzler. Registration is $10. Full info andregistration.  

       Dec. 12: Christmas Party

       Jan. 23: Why Gratitude Matters: A Theology of Thankfulness  (the Rev. Canon Heather Melton)

        Feb. 27: All you need is Love (Linda Rounds-Nichols) 

        March 13: Lent Retreat with Canon Lee Curtis