On the Horizon
In 1996, Presbyterian Women celebrated
its 125th anniversary of magazine publishing. This legacy was
chronicled in the March/April 1996 Horizons by author
Linda Pierce Knutson. She wrote, "Until the early 1870s,
women's missionary societies kept in touch with one another and
promoted their mission causes through tracts, prayer lists, leaflets,
lists of missionaries and annual reports. In 1871, they began
to publish magazines to inform and unite each other in the common
goal of witnessing to Christ in the world."
In the spirit of the apostle Paul, who built the early church
through networking and letters, Presbyterian Women has always
understood that the organization cannot fulfill its purpose without
communication. Between 1994 and 1997, a PW task group created
a communication strategic plan that called for a churchwide committee
to deal with communication issues. First appointed in October
1997, the Communications Committee of the Churchwide Coordinating
Team carries out the strategic communication plan for Presbyterian
Women including establishing communication policies, determining
style standards and acting as a clearing house for resources.
The Horizons Editorial Committee and the Bible Study Committee
both report through the PW/CCT Communications Committee.
Communication has always been on the horizon for Presbyterian
Women and this magazine is dedicated to the topic. Here are other
pieces on the horizon:
Communication Basics (see page 23 Sep/Oct 2001)
A 16-page booklet devoted to communication issues
PW Enabler Resource Kit
A collection of essential tools for the PW enabler
"Who Are Presbyterian Women"
A campaign that promotes PW and its purpose
Future issues of Horizons
Themes include women and the arts, citizens of God's
world, women's ways of relating
Ask questions, submit ideas or share concerns with the CCT
by contacting your PW synod representative. To find the synod
representative for your area, contact Jean James, PW program
assistant, 888/728-7228, ext. 5844 or email JeanJ@ctr.pcusa.org.
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