Encouraging women to come together in a visible community to witness to their faith in Jesus Christ and, enabled by the Holy Spirit, to go out into every neighborhood and nation as instruments of reconciling love.
Church Women United in Madison, WI 


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Human Rights Award Presented January 7, 2017 

Ann Sowaske presenting theHuman Rights Award to Steve Schooler, long term executive director of Porchlight,who retired at the end of 2016.


Human Rights Celebration, January 2015
Friendship Day, 2014

Left to Right: Betsey Daniels, Community Representation Award Recipient
Ellie Metzloff, Active New Key Woman Honoree
Barbara Eggleston, Longest Serving Key Woman Honoree from First Baptist (longest supporting congregation)

  Board Members Attending the 2014 Annual Meeting
and May
Friendship Day
Left to right are:  Shirley Alexander, Kate Dooley, Shirley Stennis-Williams,
Pam Bracey, Rita Honnold, Barbara Eggleston and Shirley Robbins

Ecumenical Development Workshop at the Annual Assembly Appleton on September 14, 2013

The attending women exchanged what they have been doing in their units, posting them on the wall.  Everyone left with a copy of the ideas, a notebook & kit of ideas, plus material about CWU’s history, a copy of the state by-laws & methods of reaching new members. The immediate past state president, Dorothy Wetterlin worked with Madison’s Shirley Stennis-Williams,who is the chair of this committee for the state.

Thank you, Susan!
Susan Becker was honored at the 2013 Annual Assembly of Church Women United in Wisconsin for her many years of service on the state board in the area of Ecumenical Action. Susan has also served National CWU as Central Region Coordinator and on the Nominating Committee. Award was presented to Susan by Barb Brockman, CWU in Wisconsin President.

Mary Jean Bartholomew Receives The Valiant Woman Award: The CWU Highest Honor

I met Mary Jean in the spring of 2007 when I was to replace her on the Board, as Celebrations Chairperson.  She was everyone's SWEETHEART!  She wore humility like a prayer shawl - gentle, soft and warm - her eyes twinkled, and even though soft-spoken, she laughed out loud with a sense of cheerfulness about her!

I was lost in my new role, and if it werent for Mary Jean, I may have given up trying!  She counseled, consoled, encouraged and taught me what I needed to know, so that I could continue to do this new job!  I am told that she counseled, consoled, encouraged and taught EVERYONE that she came to know - It was always about the OTHER person!! 

For the longest time, I didn't even know that she was a pastor, much less, one of the first women pastors to graduate from McCormick Theological Seminary, in Chicago.  There were many women in Christian education, but she was in the first class to take courses to become a minister.

She served Westminster Presbyterian Church as a Christian education director, and then was ordained and served as assistant and then associate pastor, totalling 26 years!  All this while, Mary Jean was also an active participant in Church Women United-Madison!  She may have served most of the positions there, but of this I'm not sure.

Her role in the Madison community sets her apart as well - She worked with the YWCA as a board member, and helped coordinate activities for the Madison Area Council of Churches.  She also served on the Triangel Community Ministry board, and did much work with social justice issues, as well.

As the song we sung for her at the February 1st states:  "Mary Jean, Mary Jean....there is no one quite like you!"  She is indeed a blessing, and without a doubt to all who knew her -  a valiant woman!

With JOY,
Linda Caprariello

Yolanda Salazar, Recipient of the 2012 Human Rights Award

2012 Human Rights Award

Yolanda Salazar
Church Women United’s recipient for the 2012 Human Rights award was given to Yolanda Salazar on January 4 at Trinity United Methodist church.  She has worked with Madison’s Latino community through the North East side senior coalition as a cultural diversity specialist since 1995.  Currently she has a case load of over 200, plus working many volunteer hours.

In Mexico, where she was born & raised, she attended school then continued on into law school at the National University of Mexico.

She came to the U. S. to assist her daughter with her first child.  This brought her back to school to learn English.  She worked with R.E.M. Wisconsin for 11 years, helping people with disabilities.  She has also helped people through Latino Support Network (La Sup) and the Latino health council.  She has been helping to improve lives in our area willingly and lovingly. She feels this is God’s calling in her life.

2012 Church Women United Celebration of Human Rights:
The Aging Struggle for Dignity

By Jonathan Gramling

  Shirley Stennis Williams, Christine Beatty       Katie Crowley & Christine Beatty
               & Jacqueline Rodman

As the Baby Boom generation enters the golden years, many will realize that those years of comfort and dignity that they have earned aren’t so golden. Since 1977, Christine Beatty has worked with older adults at the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, the Monona Coalition for the Elderly and since 1989 as the head of the Madison Senior Center. Beatty has been a national figure in advocating for quality services for the elderly including as convener of the National Council on Aging Leadership Council. And in the intervening years, she has gone from being advocate for the elderly to being an advocate for herself as well.

(Article excerpt reprinted from The Capital City Hues, February 9, 2012.
To read the full article,
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