48th Triennial Meeting of the Episcopal Church Women
At the same time as General Convention, another group met in Salt Lake City to celebrate the 48th Triennial Meeting of the Episcopal Church Women. Nebraska was well represented at this meeting by Lynn Fitzgibbon and Sharon Bartlett of Chadron, the Rev. Christine Grosh from Crete, Patricia Welnitz from Rushville, the Rev. Pat Sheldon from Elkhorn, and Kathy Graham from Alliance. Also present was Sandra Squires from Elkhon who was the Province 6 UTO representative. There were several special moments.
One of the first moments was the announcements of the United Thank Offering Grants for 2015. One of the grants awarded was to the Friends of Tamar, a Ministry of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Omaha. This $33,300.00 grant will create a part-time staff position to coordinate present administration of a new initiative designed to challenge violence against women and to pursue peach and reconciliation.
Closely related to this moment was the United Thank Offering (UTO) Ingathering during the Sunday Eucharist. Over the recent 3 years (2012-2014) the Diocese of Nebraska contributed $18759.77. Every penny of this and the other Diocesan Ingatherings went out in grants over the 3 year period.
Another highlight was the recognition of the 2015 Distinguished Women of the Episcopal Church Women. This Triennial recognized Patricia Wellnitz from St. Mary’s Holly/Rushville as the Nebraska Distinguished Woman. Patricia was later elected as the Secretary of the National Board of Episcopal Church Women for the next 3 years.
The National Board of Episcopal Church Women for 2015-2018 will include 3 Nebraskan women: Patricia Wellnitz, Secretary; Rev. Pat Sheldon, Province 6 Representative, and Sandra Squires, UTO Board President.
We also attended the worship service for Fr. Hiram Hisanori Kano. Besides being special to the Diocese of Nebraska, the Women’s Ministry Board helped fund the publishing of his autobiography, Nikkei Farmer on the Nebraska Plains.
– Kathy Graham