Today we Celebrate the Gifts of Women in worship.
We are reminded of the Presbyterian Women down the years who have taught, preached, prayed, led, opened mission fields, begun colleges and schools, and more. One particularly meaningful Presbyterian Church (USA) connection is Mary McLeod Bethune (July 10, 1875 – May 18, 1955), an educator from South Carolina who attended the Trinity Mission School run by the Presbyterian Board of Mission for Freedmen, and Scotia Seminary (now Barber-Scotia College).
Bethune opened the Literary and Industrial training School for Negro Girls in Daytona in 1905. The school merged with the Cookman Institute for Men in 1923, and is now the acclaimed Bethune-Cookman School.
We are thankful for Mary McLeod Bethune and all Presbyterian Women who have made a positive witness for Christ in our world.