New Name for Covenant Clergy Women Organization

CHICAGO, IL (April 19, 2012) – Advocates for Covenant Clergy Women (ACCW) is the new name for the organization previously known as the Association for Covenant Clergy Women.

The name change clarifies that all credentialed clergy – male and female – can become partners, says President Catherine Gilliard.

ACCW also is now accepting nominations for three awards that will be presented during the Covenant Ministerium gathering during the denomination’s Annual Meeting in June. This year’s awards are given to women who have remained faithful in their call. In alternating years, an award also is presented to men who advocate for women clergy to have more opportunities to use their gifts.

Awards presented this year will be the Victoria Welter Scholarship, the Phoebe Church Planter Grant, and the Evelyn M.R. Johnson Leadership Award.

The Victoria Welter Scholarship honors the first female student to graduate from North Park Theological Seminary. When the class picture was taken, she was denied her place in the photo because her classmates voted against allowing her to be part of it. The scholarship is awarded to a female seminarian who is a member of an Evangelical Covenant Church and is enrolled as a full-time student at the seminary, pursuing a master’s degree in ministry. The $300 scholarship is paid to the seminary and used for books or tuition expenses.

The nomination deadline is May 1, and everyone can submit nominations. Click here for more information.

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