An important letter to NABWU Women
Here is something we want you to know!
Dear women of NABWU (North American Baptist Women’s Union),
The BIG picture!
YOU are part of a very big picture! Your Baptist women’s organization is part of a collaboration of 16 member bodies that make up NABWU. As part of this collaboration, you are automatically connected to over 4 million Baptist women across North America who have hopes and dreams and love for Jesus, just as you do! Then, it gets even bigger! NABWU is the North American branch of the Baptist World Alliance Women’s Department that connects Baptist women from 137 countries and 239 national Baptist women’s organizations! It’s a beautiful, diverse body all centered around Christ!
New Dreams: NABWU Assembly 2017
NABWU will be holding our quinquennial conference shortly in Toronto from October 19-22, 2017. We would love it if you could come and be inspired by your sisters from across the continent! There will be powerful speakers and informative and helpful workshops along with many other items of interest. Please check it out at www.nabwu.org. Registration closes on September 14th so don’t miss out!
Possible name change for NABWU!
The main reason that I am writing this letter is that we want to let all of you know that we are considering a name change for NABWU! As you know, NABWU stands for North American Baptist Women’s Union. We have a rich history of connecting Baptist women in North America and around the world. The first branch of the BWA Women’s Department was formed in 1948 in Europe as the European Baptist Women’s Union. Ours was the second branch and NABWU’s first continental assembly was held in 1953. The purpose of changing our name is not to ignore history, but to move us into a future that is changing for the world.
The suggestion for the name change could possibly be Baptist Women of North America.
The reasons for this possible name change would be:
1. North American Baptist Women’s Union can be very confusing because of the use of “North American Baptist,” as one of our member bodies is North American Baptist Women’s Ministry. It would add much clarity to this situation.
2. European Baptist Women’s Union is currently considering changing their name to European Baptist Women.
3. Baptist World Alliance Women’s Department is also in talks about adjusting some other names as well.
3. While we are indeed a “union” of 16 member bodies, “Union” tends to be a more dated term. Taking "Union" out of the name clarifies that we are more than just an organization. Organizations are not a positive thing in the mindsets of many and especially of the younger generation of women. We are an entity or a movement that connects Baptist women in North America.
4. It would give us the chance to have a fresh new image in keeping with our changing culture.
All of this being the case, we understand that we are in a new day, and a new era. Things change with time and we have to be ready to move when that time comes. The question is: is this the time?
You may have the opportunity to help us decide that!
The idea of a name change has yet to be discussed more fully by the NABWU Executive Board at our board meeting which will be held October 19, just prior to the kickoff for Assembly in Toronto. If the board decides to move ahead with this, we will present it for a vote at the business meeting which will be held at this Assembly. You will have a chance to vote at that time.
We would like to hear your comments regarding this. We know this is a big step and we certainly are not wanting to erase the past. We are striving to be the same Christ-focused Baptist women’s collaboration that will be even more effective as we go into the future.
If you would like to give your input, please send these questions or thoughts to me, Moreen Sharp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will also be some minor changes in the By-laws which will also be voted on at the upcoming Assembly. These will be presented while there.
We hope to see you at New Dreams: NABWU Assembly 2017 in Toronto!
Moreen Sharp, President
North American Baptist Women’s Union