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'Celebration' is the term used by
CWU to describe ecumenical worship
experiences. May Friendship Day, World
Community Day, and the Human Rights Celebration are
produced and promoted annually by the National
Ecumenical Celebrations Committee.
"Reaching For Wholeness"
When the Ecumenical Celebrations committee met in Dallas in February, 2017,
our first objective was to find a theme that looks forward,
considering all the issues that we are dealing with as
Christian women: health, aging, denominational differences, and political instability.
We wanted to encourage all units to search for ways to bring wholeness to our families,
our churches, and our communities. We agreed that we are all “Searching for Wholeness.”
“The body is a whole unit, made up of many parts.” (1 Corinthians 12:12)
As Church Women United, we need to strive for this kind of wholeness in all that we do.
May Friendship Day 2018
May 4, 2018 - "Reaching For Wholeness In Gratitude For God's Presence"
MAY FRIENDSHIP DAY (MFD), dates back to May, 1933, when two
independent groups planned luncheons to focus on “Child Health” and
“Children of Migrant Families.”
The first event was sponsored by the Women’s Council for Home Missions in New York City, and the second one, called “Dedication Day,”
was sponsored by the National Council of Federated Church Women.
Under a variety of names,
this event continued and expanded until 1939, when they merged under the
National Council of Church Women,
which called for an annual observance “to strengthen a growing sense of unity, the joy of Christian fellowship, and the power of Christianity in the day of need.”
The overall theme for the
2018 celebrations is “God’s Presence,” taken from Colossians 1:17—“And
God is before all things, and in and
through God the universe is a harmonious whole.” May Friendship Day focuses on our gratitude for God’s presence in all things and especially
as we respond to human needs. Childhood hunger is one of the most important needs at the present time, and that is our focus in this program.
Schedule this program on a Saturday, if possible, and invite children from the community.
The offering remains with the Local Unit, with a portion often sent to the Virginia State Unit for support.
World Community Day 2018
November 1, 2018 - "Reaching For wholeness In Harmony With God's People"
COMMUNITY DAY (WCD), began in 1943 from discussions at a meeting of
denominational presidents and executive secretaries
asking that a day be set aside in the fall for the study of peace by church women.
The overall theme of
“Reaching Toward Wholeness,” reflects the idea that being wholeness
requires feeling safe, cared for, valued and connected within our local
community and the larger world.
With these aspects present, there is harmony. Like many voices coming together in a chorus, people of many cultures and nations can come together to lift humanity beyond the brokenness of discord, violence, and war. Music and rhythm have been used since primitive times to communicate around times of birth, death, war, and peace. From the individual rhythm of the human body to the more social rhythms of family, community or nation, and the celestial rhythm of the universe, we learn the cadence of cooperation, collaboration and mutual support.
The offering is sent to the national
office of CWU for support of the movement.
Human Rights Celebration 2018
Human Rights Celebration - 2018 -"Reaching For Wholeness In Solidarity With God's Creation"
HUMAN RIGHTS CELEBRATION (HRC) was first instituted in 2006 as a means
for local units to celebrate the cause of Human
The heart of the Celebration involves the presentation of the Church Women United Human Rights Award to local individual(s)
who have worked for the cause of human rights in a profound way.
The spirit of this
celebration is for all participants to understand the meaning of unity.
It is our unity that makes the world whole.
As we come together for our celebrations. Let us come together forever. Let us create solidarity in the world that reflects God’s creation.
In everything that God created he said, “It was good”. While God gave human beings dominion over the land and all that is in it,
God made all the creatures to live in unity. This is the world the Lord created. Let us “Reach for Wholeness” and unity
“in solidarity with God’s Creation” as we celebrate Human Rights.
The Celebration is held at any time during the year.
The offering is sent to the national office of CWU for support of the movement.