The Young Clergy Women Project
National, international

The Young Clergy Women Project is an online network for clergywomen under 40 years of age. The project includes the blog, an e-zine called Fidelia’s Sisters, social networking communities for password-protected discussion, publishing opportunities, conferences and other in-person meet-ups. Follow the project on Twitter and Facebook.

This project was started in 2007 with a grant from The Louisville Institute. As of July 1, 2010, nearly 500 young clergywomen participate from 46 states and several other countries. At least 34 denominations are represented. The pastors gather for periodic in-person events.

The current chair of the community board is Susie Shaefer, an Episcopal priest in Plymouth, Michigan. She works in tandem with Elsa Peters, a UCC pastor in Maine, who serves as managing editor of the editorial board.

This case study was conducted by Project Director Verity A. Jones and published in January, 2012.

Case study materials