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.”

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Cookies, Stuffed Animals, Blankets, and Crayons!

The Women’s Ministry of the Diocese encourages all women to join in donating ‘comfort backpacks’, or their contents, for children in foster care this holiday season. These children often don’t have anything except a plastic bag to carry personal items from home to home. They don’t have any special stuffed toys or blankets to provide solace in this traumatic time. The Women’s Ministry is reaching out to these children by decorating and filling ‘comfort backpacks’ this Christmas. Information about these ‘bags

There will be two Christmas parties where you can bring your donations, or you can do this as a parish or women’s study group. You can also donate online toward this Women’s Ministry project.  Download a flyer for your church!

Holy Family Episcopal Church (10A Bisbee Ct., Santa Fe) will hold its first Women of the DRG Christmas Party for the Northeast Deanery on December 8th at 3:00 p.m. Bring your favorite Christmas cookies. We will decorate ‘comfort backpacks’ for kids in the NM foster care system. Coffee, tea and cocoa will be provided, along with fabric markers to decorate your bag. Cost is $10.00 to cover the cost of the backpack. Supplies to go in the bags will be provided by participants at the Northwest Deanery party (see below). Please RSVP to Camille Donoghue for the Santa Fe party!

The Christmas Party in the Northwest Deanery will be at the Cathedral (318 Silver SW, Albuquerque) on December 15 at noon. We will have a soup luncheon, cookie exchange, and collect items for the ‘comfort backpacks’. A list of items is available. For the cookie exchange bring a couple dozen of your favorite cookies (homemade or store bought), and we’ll share so everyone goes home with a nice assortment of goodies. 
You are invited to come at 10:30 a.m. to hear the Children’s Messiah, presented by the Cathedral choirs and members of the Santa Fe Opera. This is a performance for all ages, and Handelian wigs or costumes are encouraged.

Contact Cindy Davis if you have questions. 

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Women of the Diocese explore how to move Boldly Forward in ministry

Women’s Ministry of the Diocese of the Rio Grande recently revised their mission statement. It now states, “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.”

This was very evident at the Boldly Forward weekend on August 17 and 18 held at the Bosque Center. Over 2 dozen attendees explored how the lives of Mary (Mother of Jesus), Mary Magdalene, Judith, Ruth, and Esther inspire our ministries in the 21st Century. We discussed how these women are in fact our strong, godly faith mothers with attributes like courage, loyalty, dedication, strength, and trust in God. We celebrated with worship, fellowship, and discussion. 

The women all were risk-takers, even whistle-blowers (Esther). Despite being charming and patient, these were authentic women who recognized that they had the strength to speak the truth. Each of the women was dedicated to listening to God and then taking action that made a real difference in their world.

·       Mary (Mother of Jesus) said ‘yes’ to God’s request to bear a child out of wedlock.

·       Mary Magdelene, constant to the end was graced with bearing news of the Resurrection to the male disciples.

·       Judith, in the bold action of cutting off General Holofernes head routed the Persian army.

·       Ruth remained faithful to her mother-in-law and the Hebrew faith despite being from Moab. As a result, she bore Obed, grandfather of King David.

·       Esther became queen ‘for such a time as this’ and protected the Jews in Babylon from destruction.

In upcoming weeks, further study guides will be available to continue the exploration of these women. If you are interested, these and the bios and bibliographies for the 5 women can be found on the Boldly Forward page. The beginning of a deeper look at Esther is already posted there

You can view the opening portions of the Saturday Eucharist, including the sermon by the Rev. Pat Green. She noted that the one thing all the five Bible women have in common is that they were ‘ordinary’, just like we are. However, they did extraordinary things. 

The final hour of the event was spent visioning ways to follow the mentorship of these women by stepping out in faith in our diverse ministries in the diocese. The lively discussion produced ideas ranging from a pilgrimage to Chaco Canyon during the meteor showers, to offering training events, and diving into some form of hands-on mission project! It was suggested that we remember how geographically diverse and distant we are in the DRG, and that we remember that we can act ecumenically.

Actions that can be taken on individual, parish, and diocesan levels are simple things like being welcoming to all ages. Creating child and youth friendly spaces could attract younger families. Providing ways, like live-streaming, for all to participate could be explored.

We were reminded that the diocese and many parishes already do Mission work (Borderlands, Navajoland, Juarez) and as women’s ministry we can join their hands-on efforts. Pilgrimages don’t have to be to distant locations. There are many options close to home like Chimayo, Christ in the Desert or the Norbertine Monastery. Even Jemez Hot Springs and Chaco Canyon are candidates for experiences that could be linked to faith growth.

Bishop Elect Michael Hunn spoke briefly to the women before the closing worship. He noted that women have been the driving force behind ministry throughout history, and stated he looks forward to working with the women of the Diocese of the Rio Grande.
Looking Ahead
The Women’s Ministry is planning on Christmas Parties in each of the deaneries this December. As plans progress, we will explore the option of making these more ‘hand-on’ in ministry to a local outreach. Watch for dates and information.

Coming in 2019, we are planning a one-day Lent retreat, perhaps at Camp Stoney, in March.

The summer event is in early planning stages. Ideas include time in Ruidoso to rest and re-create, or something in the further south of the Diocese.

Mark your calendars now for the 7th Annual Bosque Center Weekend on November 17-18, 2019. The theme is not yet determined; but may be focused on ways to be more effective in our ministries.  

Contact Cindy Davis, Coordinator of Women’s Ministries (cynthiadavisauthor@gmail.com) if you have ideas for speakers, topics, and even locations that would be fun and inspirational for upcoming events. 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Boldly Forward: Aug. 17-18 at the Bosque Center

Who are Mary (Jesus’ mother), Mary Magdalene, Judith, Ruth,  & Esther?

What inspiration can they offer for our lives as women of faith?

How can their witness ignite our ministry as Women of the DRG?

Let’s learn together at the 7th Annual Bosque Center event August 17-18. (5PM Friday to 4PM Saturday-closing worship starts at 3PM)

Bring your BFFs, your ‘posse’, your ‘squad’ and let’s explore this topic together (no Biblical expertise required)!

Carpools from Alamogordo, Santa Fe, Farmington are planned, or form your own.

Registration is $50, including 3 meals prepared by the Bosque Center chef. (Some 1/2 scholarships are available, contact Cindy.*)

Single rooms at the Bosque Center are $52/night and must be reserved on the registration form. (A couple of queen rooms are available for slightly more/night.) 
Some in-home lodging available*. If you live in ABQ, you may commute.   

*Contact Cindy Davis for scholarships, in-home lodging, or if you have questions. See post below or click here for more info about the event.

Register below or download the registration.


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Deepening Prayer a Retreat with Deborah Smith Douglas

All women of the diocese are invited to join the Daughters of the King for Deepening Prayer with Deborah Smith Douglas on August 4, starting at 10:30AM at the Bosque Center. Registration for non-Daughters is $15 to cover lunch.(Register below or download the registration form.) The event will end with Eucharist about 3PM. Douglas will be the preacher for the service. Copies of Douglas’s book, The Praying Life, are available from Dona Ace at St. Chad’s (acedona@gmail.com). Spaces are limited for this event.

If you are interested in learning more about The Order of the Daughters of the King ® speak to your parish priest, the president of your parish chapter, or contact Cindy Davis, diocesan president (cynthiadavisauthor@gmail.com). This international Order has 22 chapters in the diocese and includes women and girls from 7 to 107 who follow vows of Prayer, Service and Evangelism. You can find out more on the National website: doknational.org, or at drgdaughters.blogspot.com.