March 8, 2019

“…while other denominations are still embroiled in endless debate, The Salvation Army is, and must continue to be, a standard bearer of Gospel promise for all women, continuing to accord them the respect and acceptance our founders sought to guarantee, affording ever-expanding opportunities for women to enrich the life of the Church and enhance its effectiveness. This is an issue that impacts the whole church and its mission.” – General Paul Rader

1. We can be the preachers, teachers and leaders in our Corps

Not only can we fill these roles, but we are also encouraged and equipped to do so!

“…no part of the Church has so consistently encouraged the public ministry of women, both married and single, as has The Salvation Army. Their right to respond to God’s call and to assume whatever ministry tasks or leadership roles for which they were equipped was written into the foundation documents of the movement.” – General Paul Rader

2. We could have gold trim on our shoulders one day

That’s right – it’s completely within the realm of possibility that any one of us could rise through the ranks of The Salvation Army all the way to the top, to become General. In a time when a woman hasn’t even held the highest seat of power in our country, three women have already paved the way to Generalship in the Army: Evangeline Booth, Eva Burrows and Linda Bond.

3. The Army values fellowship

No matter where you are in the Army world, you will always find women gathered together! Whether it’s for weekly Women’s Ministries meetings, Divisional Women’s Camps or Scrapbook Retreats (which no one else pulls off quite like we do!), or simply time spent together around a table, there is sweet fellowship amongst women in our corps.

4. Uniforms… kinda

There’s a million easy jokes we could make about Salvation Army uniforms but you have to admit, the uniforms are recognized and respected by our communities, opening doors and opportunities for us we might not have access to any other way.

And come on, some days aren’t you just glad you don’t have to think about what to wear??

5. There’s a multitude of ways we can participate in and experience worship

It probably doesn’t need to be said, but not every church worships the way we do. Praise bands? Maybe. But the brass bands, Songsters, creative arts and the timbrel brigades are pretty unique to the Army. Out of the strong emphasis on music, too, comes opportunities to conduct groups and arrange and compose music!

6. You can make a difference in the lives of other women

There’s a multitude of ways we can support and empower women through the work of the Army. In the States, opportunities lie within our Social Services and Anti-Human Trafficking programs, and we can provide aid overseas through initiatives like the Worth Project and OTHERS Trade for Hope.

7. We have a rich heritage to draw from

It’s an amazing thing to be able to look back and see that women have been blazing a trail in the Army for all 154 years of its existence. Because of Catherine Booth, women have preached behind pulpits since the beginning. General Evangeline Booth opened the door for us to serve in unique positions, most famously at the war front. General Eva Burrows started a commission that looked at the place given to women in ministry and led the charge to effect several changes. The list goes on…

“Now that woman has come into her own, what are we going to do with the sacred legacy some women have laid down their lives to leave us? The bars have been withdrawn; the gates are flung wide; woman has now to choose between the virtue of an opportunity used and the sin of an opportunity wasted – a kingdom of glorious realization or a kingdom of empty disillusionment.” – Evangeline Booth

8. We have a built in dating pool

Don’t laugh – you know it’s true!

While there is still work to be done, you can’t deny that The Salvation Army provides countless opportunities for women to be empowered, to be trained as leaders and to use our God-given gifts. We are a group who love to love on each other, to walk hand in hand in good times and bad, to encourage and lift each other up and be a source of strength when the world tries to push us down.

We are strong. We are capable. We have value. We are worthy. We are loved. We can change the world. We are Salvation Army women.

Happy International Women’s Day!

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‘Inappropriate’ side effects of a uniform that’s ’always appropriate’

October 13, 2018

1. Just as people spend months getting ‘bikini bod ready’ for summer, you anxiously work to ensure you can get the buttons on your tunic closed for when you have to put it back on after Labor Day
2. No one knows it, but there’s this constant reminder of ‘keep your knees together, keep your knees together’ going thru your head on Sundays – especially when seated on a stage without modesty rails

No one wants to be caught doing the ‘Home League Salute’!

3. (Soldiers) Looking forward to summer uniform and finally being able to shuck that tunic. But wait! Your blouse is no longer white, there’s a smattering of stains on it, it’s somehow gotten shorter *and* the buttons are about to pop!
4. The agony that sometimes comes with having to close that top blouse button as your neck/chin(s) resist
5. The slow hula your skirt does around your waist throughout the day until the back pleat is somewhere around your knee
6. ALWAYS having emergency uniform repair items on hand (or knowing someone who does)

We’re talkin’ extra pantyhose (the struggle is real), clear nail polish or hair spray for *when* your hose runs, Tide sticks and shout wipes for the stains that inevitably appear on blouses; extra safety pins to hold together skirt hems and loose buttons, needle and thread, super glue, black shoe polish…

7. Praying your spanxs last throughout the holiness meeting, and/or cursing the Ring of Fire (i.e. where the band of your nylons/spanxs/skirt cuts into your stomach)
8. Encountering the great disturbers of epaulets: seatbelts, purse straps, hugs, small children, coats, instruments, brushing against anything and everything, a wrong look, a soft breeze…

There’s gotta be a better way!

9. One word: NYLONS

Having to visit four stores just to find off black nylons in your size. And then you’re only able to find ONE pair and they get snagged on something before you even leave the house. If you happen to get out with them intact, you have to be in constant awareness of your surroundings throughout the day: That kid with Velcro shoes? Proceed with caution. That chair with rough edges? Stay. Away. Any type of pet/animal? Pet them with your *eyes* from a distance. And the only time – THE ONLY TIME – you’re grateful for nylons is when you’ve taken a hiatus from shaving your legs and their coverage becomes a *blessing*

10. Chafing. You might make it through the day with a pair of nylons intact, but bless it, they always leave you a parting gift.
Just remember:
The uniform, like every other distinguishable mark of The Salvation Army, was designed to be an expression of our great soul-saving purpose.

Florence Booth

Uniform wearing, because we love Jesus and desire to bear witness for Him, is one way of letting our light shine.

Florence Booth

…I felt sure no woman would consent to wear such a uniform unless it was her single aim to seek the salvation of souls

George Scott Railton

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