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Celebrating 150 years of Disciples Women in U.S. and Canada


Riverside Disciples Women (RDW) General Meeting is a celebration of 150 years of Disciple Women. From the Disciples of Christ website, Disciples Women can trace their beginnings to October 21, 1874, when Caroline Neville Pearre organized and managed, exclusively by women, the Christian Women’s Board of Mission.


Its purpose was to address the lack of local and international mission work by the church. The first international mission trip was to Jamaica in February 1876. Since then, Disciples Women have participated in founding the Christian Women’s Temperance Union, and help found the National Benevolent Association, the social services ministry of the Church.


Interesting, that Disciples women have had many firsts in Disciples Ministries. Clara Hale Babcock was the first woman to be ordained in 1889. Sarah Lue Bostick was the first African American woman to be ordained in the Christian Churches in the late 1800s. Sharon E. Watkins, past General Minister and President became the first woman to lead a mainline denomination in 2005. Her successor, Rev. Teresa Hord Owens became the first person of color to be General Minister and President in2017.


Christian Women’s Fellowship (CWF) was formed in 1949 at Turkey Run, Indiana to put together all the different womens groups. Riverside Disciples women can trace their history to July 1, 1950. Prior to 1950, Riverside had two womens organizations, the Women’s Federation and the Quilters. In 2000, the name was changed state-wide to Disciples Women’s Fellowship. Riverside chose to use Riverside Disciples Women or RDW.


A pizza lunch will be served and birthday cake to celebrate! Bring your birthday plates, napkins, cups, and decorations if you have them.


To RSVP, call or text Sue West at 316.648.1280 or email: Childcare will be available for this event.