My WICC Story – Rev Jennifer Goddard-Sheppard, WICC Board member at large

As a theological student at the Vancouver School of Theology in the late 1990’s/early 2000’s, I was invited to attend, participate in, and be a speaker at a number of World Day of Prayer services in the lower mainland of BC. These services uplifted my spirit and reminded me of the depth and power of the prayer life of women around the world.

As a textile artist, I use the World Day of Prayer themes and images to create pieces. Putting the prayers into art and action is a purposeful and powerful way to proclaim the good news.

As a woman of colour, World Day of Prayer services show me the diversity of the people of the world and the unity on social issues such as gender-based violence, racism, and poverty. Knowing that our collective prayers and actions support projects and programmes that restore hope to women touched by injustice in Canada and around the world fills me with hope.

As a woman who daily prays, I am pleased to be part of an organization that creates the World Day of Prayer services and invites women of the world to come together in prayer and action. In September of 2020, I was invited to become a WICC Board member. In the midst of a global pandemic and closing a church,  I said “Yes”. I currently serve on the Marketing/Communications and WDP teams, and I’ve also participated in creating online prayer services and resources, and have attended many Zoom meetings.

As a person who loves to pray, I am blessed to be part of an organization that PRAYS and encourages others to do so.

Thanks be to God.

 


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