The Young Clergy Women Project is a network of the youngest ordained clergy women, defined as those under forty. TYCWP started out in November 2006 as an idea about getting young ordained women together to talk online. In 2007, TYCWP received a grant from The Louisville Institute that supported our preaching conference, board meeting, and web page. These initial funded programs generated more ways for young clergy women to connect.

Fidelia’s Sisters, an e-zine by, for and about young clergy women, began on October 1, 2007. TYCWP encourages face-to-face connections through annual national and regional gatherings for young clergy women.

TYCWP is grateful for the support of the Lilly Endowment, the Center for Congregational Health and most recently The New Media Project at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. As a community that primarily gathers on-line, TYCWP has shared with the New Media Project in a collaborative project to understand how social media boosts community resulting in a case study on our ministry. As part of this relationship with the New Media Project, TYCWP received a grant to create a newly designed website with Faith Growth to include all of the dynamics of their energetic community including their publications, conferences and the thriving conversation among young clergy women around the world. TYCWP has identified the need for nurture and support of those that are discerning a call into the ministry. To this end, we created a group for Future Young Clergy Women to encourage those pursuing the ministry.

In 2008 Chalice Press and The Young Clergy Women Project entered into an agreement for members of The Young Clergy Women Project and Future Young Clergy Women to work with Chalice Press on the production and publication of projects selected by a TYCWP peer review panel. Sales of TYCWP Series books earn royalties which support the authors and help fund their ongoing programs in support of young clergy women.