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Young Clergy Women International

Young Clergy Women International (YCWI) is a network of the youngest ordained clergy women, defined as those under forty. YCWI started out in November 2006 as an idea about getting young ordained women together to talk online, and was launched as The Young Clergy Women Project (TYCWP). In 2007, they received a grant from The Louisville Institute that supported our preaching conference, board meeting, and web page. These initial funded programs generated more ways for young clergy women to connect.

Fidelia’s Sisters, an e-zine by, for and about young clergy women, began on October 1, 2007. YCWI encourages face-to-face connections through annual national and regional gatherings for young clergy women.

YCWI is grateful for the support of the Lilly Endowment, the Center for Congregational Health and most recently The New Media Project at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. As a community that primarily gathers on-line, YCWI has shared with the New Media Project in a collaborative project to understand how social media boosts community resulting in a case study on our ministry. As part of this relationship with the New Media Project, YCWI received a grant to create a newly designed website with Faith Growth to include all of the dynamics of their energetic community including their publications, conferences and the thriving conversation among young clergy women around the world. YCWI has identified the need for nurture and support of those that are discerning a call into the ministry. To this end, we created a group for Future Young Clergy Women to encourage those pursuing the ministry.

In 2008 Chalice Press and Young Clergy Women International entered into an agreement for members of YCWI and Future Young Clergy Women to work with Chalice Press on the production and publication of projects selected by a YCWI peer review panel. Sales of YCWI Series books earn royalties which support the authors and help fund their ongoing programs in support of young clergy women.