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, December 30, 2013

Five Golden Rings

On the Fifth Day of Christmas...

 A ring is a circle-a symbol of completeness, eternity, infinity, and God. Most religions use circles—think of Stonehenge, the Wheel of Life, halos... The Celtic cross has a circle in the center representing the sun. We talk of being part of the ‘inner circle’ or having a ‘circle of friends’.

There is the well known poem by Edwin Markham that epitomizes the way God works:
He drew a circle that shut me out--

Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But Love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in!
As we look forward to 2014, there are already 5 opportunities listed in the calendar...our 5 Golden Rings...to be part of the growing circle of Women of the DRG.  I hope you will add one or more of these upcoming events to your calendar! Each time we gather as Women of the Diocese of the Rio Grande, we make our circle larger and more complete.

Online registration info is available on the calendar page for the upcoming Lent Retreat in ABQ and for the June Christ & Chocolate & Cherishing Retreat in Taos!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Holiday Blessings

Wishing you all Christmas Blessings

and looking forward to the New Year.

As you fill in your 2014 calendar...consider adding the Women's Retreats in the Diocese of the Rio Grande. Info about them is always available on the calendar page of this blog, as are registration forms as they become available, but here's a quick run-down so you can get the dates on your calendars:

January 18, 2PM: Who are the Daughters of the King Tea at Holy Spirit, El Paso. If you've ever wondered about this order, come and learn more.

March 1, 8:30AM: Quiet Day at Holy Faith, Santa Fe with Deborah Smith Douglas. Last year over 80 women attended and were refreshed.

March 15, 8:30AM: Lent Retreat with Bishop Vono at the Cathedral. Bishop will speak about Galatians 5.

June 13-14: Christ & Chocolate & Cherishing. The Second Annual 'pampering' retreat at San Geronimo will focus on ways to cherish ourselves as beloved of our Lord.

November 14-15: Taste & See, the 3rd Annual Retreat at the Bosque Center is a time for pausing and refreshing our souls and minds in community.

The Women's Council is also working on how to present an online study so that we can all participate no matter where we are in this far-flung diocese! Stay tuned!

Hope to see you at one or more of these events that help bring us together as a community of holy women building up the Body of Christ in the Diocese of the Rio Grande. In this way we live into our mission statement: "As women of the Diocese of the Rio Grande we work to live out this promise in retreat, fellowship, study, and ministry."