CWU in Virginia Shares the Common Goals of the National Movement

        1. We intend to grow in our faith and to extend our vision of what it means to be Christian women of faith in society today by:

  • drawing upon the power of the Spirit within;
  • praying for direction and power for the task;
  • growing in understanding of the theological bases for addressing critical social issues;
  • developing as women a sense of our own identity and potential with men for leadership in church and society;
  • intensifying our commitment to individual witness and corporate action and;
  • challenging women to be in mission in new, exciting and effective ways.

        2. We intend to strengthen visible ecumenical community by:

  • expanding opportunities for women to feel the joy and power of unity in Christ through participation in ecumenical action,
  • celebrations and development;
  • increasing appreciation and respect for diversity by including women of all ages, lifestyles, socioeconomic groups, racial
  • and ethnic backgrounds, and Christian traditions;
  • strengthening Church Women United through building units as covenental communities, working together in mutual
  • support and trust by sharing responsibility for the direction and action of the movement; and
  • recognizing and using the power and strength of women working together.

        3. We intend to work for a just, peaceful and caring society by:

        4. We intend to use responsibly and creatively, the resources God has entrusted to us - our intelligence, time, energy, our money as we carry
    out Christ's mission through Church Women United by:

Quadrennial Priorities 2016-2020
Prepared  by The  Actions/Global Concerns Committee

                                 THEME: �Learning and Leading ...Using the Principles of God's Word�
GOD'S WORD: Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day.     Psalm   25:5
   
Priority #1:  Human Rights   

God's Word: �Know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; to receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and equity,.�     Proverbs 1:2-3

Church Women United believes every child has the right to a quality education.  We support innovative learning environments for our children designed to protect human dignity and support their well-being and full development.  We work to ensure our children are prepared to compete, produce and thrive in the global economies of the 21st century.  
 
Focus:  Child Education Awareness
Action Steps:
  • Work with students (as tutors and mentors), contribute school supplies, and attend school board meetings.
  • Adopt-a-child, a-teacher or a-student mother.
  • Volunteer at a school library or cafeteria.   
  • Host an Education Awareness Day at your church, home or community center.
  • Meet with Local Legislators to recommend ways to improve local education system�s performance.
  • Write a letter to your Congressional members urging them to ensure all children have equal access to a quality education.
 
Priority #2:  Hunger and Poverty          

God�s Word: �A brother or sister in Christ might need clothes or food. If you say to that person �God be with you I hope you stay warm and get plenty to eat�, but you do not give what that person needs, your words are worth nothing.�     James 2:15-16

Church Women United believes children, our most vulnerable citizens, are entitled to nutritious food choices and food security to ensure a healthy lifestyle, academic achievement, and economic productivity.  As women of faith we are called to feed the poor, shelter the homeless and protect our children.
 
Focus: Childhood Hunger
Action Steps:
  • Work to eradicate hunger: support your local foodbank or give excess food from your gardens to local soup kitchens and homeless shelters.    
  • Fight food waste in your households and support local restaurants that are Food Recovery Certified.
  •  Support living wage policy proposals to fight poverty in low income earning families.
  • Experience hunger for yourself or in your household or ask your Congressional member to do so.
  • Participate in existing Snack Pack/Back Pack Buddies program or start one.
  • Communicate to your Congressional members the importance of protecting existing federal programs that serve children, their families and others living on the margins. 
Priority #3:  Health and Wellness             

God's Word: �A sound heart is life to the body.�     Proverbs 14:30
 
Church Women United women live full lives and fill many roles; including demanding careers. We often take little time for ourselves and virtually give little to no attention to our health.  We pledge to be more attentive to our health and support other women in championing their health and well-being.

Focus:  Women's Health-Heart Disease
Action Steps:
  •  Familiarize yourself with the American Heart Association website. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/
  •  Participate and host programs to inform and educate women on heart health.
  • Know your heart health: eat heart healthy foods and get the recommended amount of sleep.
  • Build fun and relaxation in your day, week and month: minimize stress in your life.
  • Join an exercise group and commit to a regular workout program or form one of your own.
Priority #4: Diversity and Inclusiveness          

God�s Word: �In Christ�s family there can be no division� Among us you are equal, that is, we are in Common relationship with Jesus Christ.        Galatians 3: 28
 
Church Women United understands in an increasingly diverse and global world, the gospel of Christ is our example for embracing differences: in wealth, in ethnicity, in culture, and in race.  Our ecumenical partnerships, valued faith traditions and Christian perspectives provide valuable resources for addressing the intersections of race, ethnicity and culture.
 
Focus: Racial, Ethnic Equality and Cultural Inclusion
Action Steps:   
  • Show warm and gracious hospitality to your neighbor.
  • Support policy positions that advance equality and acceptance of all God's creation.
  • Seek ways to inform and enhance your own racial understanding and cultural competency.
  • Be open to diverse views and voices in various life settings: church, community and business.
  • Create cultural inclusion opportunities in your units, churches and communities.
  • Visit a museum or participate in an event that represents a culture or ethnicity other than your own.

 

Church Women United in Virginia
| 2018