History of Sister’s in Spirit
At IC’14 in Amherst, Massachusetts, five women sat down together at the last scheduled lunch. This meeting was not consciously planned at least on my part. But, I later came to believe that it was orchestrated by Spirit. Since I hadn’t seen one of these women in several years I was catching up on what had been happening with her. Once we all were seated, we began discussing the status of women’s groups/corps in the Urantia Movement.
It appeared that some groups had ended their association. We each shared why we thought women’s groups were important in our movement. At this point it seemed clear that we should start our own group and share our emails. One of the ladies agreed to set up an email list, and we started connecting by email and in person before the end of the conference. Before we arrived home a few more women were invited to join us.
Once home we shared information about ourselves and began discussing how we might meet since we were scattered from one end of the country to the other. We tried Skype for a few meetings and quickly moved onto Zoom. We worked on ideas for a group name and our mission. With much prayer and weekly meetings we came up with Sisters In Spirit and a purpose statement. This process seemed slow, since we each felt a need to move onto projects. However, the process brought us together and clarified our reason for being.
We are sharing some of our work product which may help you see our process. Of course, each person(s) wanting to begin a group of their own will have their own process and purpose. However, we don’t need to reinvent the wheel entirely. We each have tried new things and have learned much in the process. There is much work to be done and we can all support each other in this process.
Jesus said, “The harvest is indeed plenteous, but the laborers are few; therefore I exhort all of you to pray that the Lord of the harvest will send still other laborers into his harvest.“ (paper 163, section 1, paragraph 3).