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Women of the Reformation: A Presbyterian Women-sponsored trip explores past and present leadership

posted Mar 28, 2016, 5:53 PM by Rebecca Jewel

March 10, 2016

From Presbyterian Mission Agency—Presbyterian News Service

The year 2009 marked the 500th anniversary of John Calvin’s birth, an occasion celebrated by Reformed churches around the world. For Kathy Reeves, mission associate for Presbyterian Women, the theologian’s birthday also sparked an idea for an international study tour about women during the Reformation.

“It occurred to me that people don’t pay much attention to how women participated in the Reformation,” Reeves says.

Reeves wanted to bring that history to life—particularly the history of French Huguenots who were persecuted for their faith for more than a century. “I also wanted women to claim persecution as a part of our Reformed heritage,” she says. “So many Christians have been persecuted and continue to be persecuted because of their faith. American Christians don’t really know much about that.”