No counting, no points, no reporting—just resources and encouragement for women to connect with God, other women and their communities. That’s the purpose of Kindred Collective, a new email-based tool developed by the territorial women’s ministries department which replaces their traditional promotion this year.
“We want women to grow in their faith individually and together,” said Sarah Micula, program specialist. “Kindred Collective provides tools and meaningful resources for them to do those things confidently.”
Open to all women, Kindred Collective is intended to connect and unite those interested in developing their faith. Materials are shared three times a week to provide inspiration, empowerment and opportunities for growth. Members receive a short email on Monday, Wednesday and Friday with resources that can be used, individually or in groups, as is or tailored to meet the specific needs of a corps.
Mondays are dedicated to connecting women with God as individuals. Readers are led through a practice of the Daily Examen, a prayer technique developed more than 400 years ago by Saint Ignatius Loyola, with reflection questions to provide guidance. Wednesdays feature a devotional thought or spiritual formation practice for personal reflection or small group discussion, and Fridays are focused on celebrating and sharing women’s ministries outreach or program ideas from corps around the territory.
“Corps are encouraged to continue sharing their women’s ministries ideas with us,” concluded Sarah. “We want to celebrate their victories and share those ideas.” Kindred Collective will run through 2019.