Filming has just ended for the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) video project "Women of the Table" and the production has moved into the scripting and editing phase. Produced by Katie Sherrod, award winning independent television producer and Fort Worth Episcopalian, "Women of the Table" is a 20-minute video depicting stories of women in ministry in the Episcopal Church using narration, interviews, footage and photos of the various featured ministries. The inspiration for the project comes from a vision of the ECW National Board to create a video that would offer an inspirational and educational tool for use by ECWs and other groups across denomination. It aims to share the good news of women of the church working on behalf of the gospel.
"Because Episcopal Church Women are rooted in tradition, the video opens with images of an altar guild setting the table, one of the most beloved of traditional women's ministries," said ECW board member Susan Russell. "But Episcopal Church Women also are moving into God's future in exciting and sometimes unexpected ways. From the altar we move to images and stories of women feeding people in many ways: women teaching Sunday School classes and creating literacy projects; women reaching out through prison and hospice ministry, doing peace and justice work and working for economic justice. What binds them all together is their love of God, their foundation in the faith and their commitment to be the Body of Christ in the world."
Location shooting took place during September in the dioceses of Fort Worth, Lexington and Los Angeles. The live interviews with women partaking in the amazing ministry will be woven with historical photos and archival footage. The production is scheduled for release at the Triennial Meeting in Minneapolis next summer.
By Albert H. Lee