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Please join us for the second Women’s Pilgrim Team Visit focused on women of faith in North America from noon to 3:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, International Women’s Day. The theme for the event is, “Stony the Road: Women’s Voices of Faith, Courage, Resistance & Resilience” and uses Numbers 27:1-7 and 1 Corinthians 15:58 as scripture references. The Women’s PTV will examine the issues that women face in the U.S., Canada and Mexico as they travel a stony road lifting up voices of faith, courage, resistance and resilience.


Welcome and Introduction of Bishop Swenson – Angelique Walker-Smith, NCC Governing Board, WCC Central Committee

Opening Prayer & Brief Reflection on International Women’s Day – Bishop Mary Ann Swenson

One Woman Song from the UN

Greetings – Prof Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri, Deputy General Secretary: Public Witness and Diakonia, World Council of Churches

12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m – Panel 1: Combatting violence against women of color discussion

Nicole Ashwood, WCC – Opening remarks highlighting WCC’s Thursdays in Black


Rev. Dionne Boissiere – Chaplain to the UN, United Methodist Women (U.S.)

Rev. Dr. Michael Blair – United Church of Canada (Canada)

Mercedes Cadena – Teacher, cultural promoter, and reading mediator. Involved in youth leadership in the Methodist Church of Mexico and the Christian Congregational Church of Mazatlán (Mexico)

Rev. Hyepin Im, Founder/President, Faith and Community Empowerment (U.S.)

Sheri Brady, Vice President of Strategy and Program, Children’s Defense Fund (U.S.)

1:50 p.m. – 3:30 p.mPanel 2: Women’s Voices on Faith, Courage, Resistance & Resilience (How We’ve Gotten Over…Where Do We Go From Here)


Elena Huegel—Educator, storyteller, writer, Global Ministries Mission Co-worker at the Institute for Cultural Studies and Research (Chiapas, Mexico)

Michelle Nieviadomy, young Indigenous leader from Edmonton (Canada)

Rev. Alejandra Ortiz, International Fellowship for Evangelical Students (IFES) (Mexico)

Rev. Alcris Limongi, United Church of Canada, Minister (Canada)

Rev. Hyepin Im, Founder/President, Faith and Community Empowerment (U.S.)

Closing Remarks/Prayer — Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton, Chair, NCC Governing Board

Closing Song – Joy Harjo, Muscogee Nation, U.S. Poet Laureate