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NPWL unveils new Web resource for women

Date 20 Jun 2002 14:30:49 -0400

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NPWL unveils new Web resource for women
by Alexa Smith

COLUMBUS, OH - A Web link to Presbyterian Church (USA) women's ministries was unveiled during a gathering of National Presbyterian Women in Leadership (NPWL), one of the member groups of Presbyterians for Renewal (PFR), an evangelical organization.

"Churches are hungry to connect women's ministries and be resourced," said the Rev. Marnie Crumpler, the immediate past moderator of NPWL, who just accepted a call to Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.

The site, whose address is, will offer models for ministry, examples of existing women's programs and personal testimonies. Crumpler said it reflects "a little bit of a shift in focus" for the organization.

Becce Bettridge, the new moderator, outlined preliminary research on how women's ministries function, ranging from unstructured programs to formal ministries with full-time directors.

"There is a large range in what women are doing in local congregations," she said.

The organization named the recipients of PFR's Lydia Scholarship: Beth Daniel, a second-year student at Columbia Theological Seminary, and Jane Filkan, a second-year student at Gordon-Conwell Seminary. The scholarships confer financial support and PFR's encouragement .

PFR also announced that NPWL will co-sponsor a conference for women called "Get Real," scheduled for Oct. 18-19 in Phoenix, AZ. It said speakers at the event will include the Rev. Anita Bell, a former co-moderator of the Presbyterian Coalition, now a pastor in southwest Philadelphia, and the Rev. Kristin Frederich-Smoot, dean of students at Eastern Seminary in Philadelphia.
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