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BME Women Ministers' Network - 'Rising to new heights'

Why was the BME Women Ministers’ Network started? 
The first woman to be recognised as pastor by the Baptist Union of Great Britain (BUGB) was Edith Gates in 1918. It was then almost 80 years before Kate Coleman became the first black woman to be accredited by BUGB as a minister, in 1996. 
The Network was launched through the BUGB in 2014 to help increase the number of women of colour emerging and thriving as ministers.
Who is the BME Women Ministers’ Network for?
The Network is for black and minority ethnic (BME) women ministers, non-ordained women in qualifying office, ministers in training, and those exploring a call to ministry.  
Why join the Network?
The Network has a track record of helping women to realise their potential as ministers in local churches, and beyond. We seek to pave the way for other women and girls, particularly those from BME backgrounds, to emerge and thrive as ministers.

The Network provides: 
  • A safe space where women can share their experiences; 
  • Opportunities for peer to peer mentoring; and 
  • Access to opportunities and resources for identifying, nurturing and advocating for leadership potential in women and girls of all backgrounds. 

How often does the Network meet? 
There are opportunities to connect throughout the year:
  • Virtually through social media; and
  • In person as we connect at national or international gatherings such as Baptist Assembly, the Sam Sharpe Lecture, or Gender Justice Hub conferences etc. 
How do I connect with the Network? 
To join the Network or for further information about the Network contact the coordinator Gale Richards here.

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Mission trip to South Africa

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BME Women Ministers' network trip to South Africa