The Unity Women’s Desk is governed by an Advisory Board consisting of four women, each representing one of the four Regions of the Moravian Church. Currently serving are Sr. Angelene Swart for the Africa Region; Sr. Sallie Greenfield from the America Region: the Reverend Erdmuthe Frank from the Europe Region; and Sr. Muriel Held from the Caribbean and Latin American Region.
Advisory Board members are elected by the Unity Board and serve for four year terms; they may be re-elected for one additional four year term. Every two years, two members rotate off the Board unless re-elected.
The Advisory Board is responsible for setting policies for the UWD, making decisions about the allocation of funds for scholarships, loans, projects, etc., and for planning the upcoming Women’s Consultation.
Carrying out the day-to-day responsibilities of the Board is a Coordinator, who is a non-voting member of the Advisory Board. The Reverend Patricia Garner is currently holding this position. She was appointed by the Unity Board in 2011 and serves at the discretion of the Advisory Board and the Unity Board.
Working with Sr. Garner are seven Sub-Desk Coordinators.
Currently serving as Sub-Desk Coordinators are Sr. Rachael Lwali for the Western, Northern, Lake Tanganyika, and Rukwa provinces of Tanzania, the Congo Province, and the Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and Kenya Mission Provinces/Areas; Sr. Agness Njeyo for the Southern and Southwestern provinces of Tanzania, the Malawi Province, and the Eastern Tanzanian, Zanzibar,and Zambia Mission Areas; Sr. Colleen Van Reenen-Cunningham for South Africa; Sr. Margo Harris for the American Region; the Reverend Ruth Stephenson for the English-speaking Provinces of the Caribbean and Latin American Region; Sr. Orfelia Alvarez for the Spanish and Miskitu-speaking Provinces and Mission Areas. The Sub-Desk Coordinator for the European Region remains unfilled at this time
The Sub-Desk Coordinators are appointed by the Advisory Board with the approval of the Unity Board. They are responsible for securing information from the Provincial Coordinators and reporting this information to the Advisory Board of the Unity Women’s Desk. They will approve all information about their Provinces posted on the UWD website. They will also be responsible for recommending scholarship recipients, micro-loan recipients, and projects from the various Provinces for funding by the UWD.
Each Province of the Unity, each Mission Province, each Mission Area, and each Unity Undertaking will have a UWD Provincial Coordinator to report activities, projects, and celebrations in their respective areas to the Sub-Desk Coordinators. They will also apprise the UWD of the needs for assistance in their areas. They will also be responsible for distributing information and resources in their areas as provided by the Unity Women’s Desk. In especially large areas, there may need to be more than one Provincial Coordinator.
Structure Chart and Current Appointees
Policies and Procedures Manual
In this link there is the Unity Women’s Desk Policies and Procedures Manual. If you would like to know more about how the Unity Women’s Desk functions, feel free to explore this document.