Sisters meet to celebrate being women

Thursday, April 13, 2006

I have to admit that secretly I wanted a sister when I was growing up. When I was in junior high school, I met my best friend and although we are not bound by blood, I know we will always have each other’s best interest at heart. I value the fact that 37 years later we can still talk about anything and encourage one another.

It’s that kind of friendship that Uniting Sisters is striving to encourage women throughout Prince George’s County to have with one another, and I can say it’s working.

Members of Uniting Sisters gathered together —– women of all hues, shapes and walks of life — in a day of celebration in Prince George’s County on April 8. Even the rain could not deter the 1,182 women from participating.

The women were attending the fourth annual Uniting Sister’s Conference at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt and the theme of the day was ‘‘A More Excellent Way ... Love.”

Participants were treated to a day of ministry in song, drama, dance and wonderful inspirational words by guest speakers Dr. Lonise P. Bias, Evangelist Paulette Holloway, Evangelist Dorothy White and the Rev. Willette O. Wright. The message the speakers gave echoed the mission statement of Uniting Sisters. Their aim is to break down denominational, racial, economical and all other barriers that divide women. The group also seeks to encourage and empower each other.

Gwendolyn Dixon of Accokeek said this was her second time attending the conference. She came this year because of the experience from last year.

‘‘This is a day set aside by God to treat women with royalty,” Dixon said.

Uniting Sisters is a ministry of Sister’s Keepers Inc., an organization that knows what it means to help out and encourage women. The nonprofit organization was founded by Waldorf resident Diane Wilson in 1997 to help women from all backgrounds encourage one another through worship, praise and sharing. For Wilson, Sister’s Keepers truly is a labor of love. Although she is retired, she devotes herself full time to the organization.

The devotion was evident as Wilson moved among the tables giving hugs and greetings to everyone.

‘‘I’m the ex-prostitute, ex-crack addict, ex-homeless — yet I sit amongst mighty women of God. What a day, I thank God,” said Jacqueline Younger of Temple Hills.

When the group has no special activity planned, it holds fellowship meetings at 7:30 p.m. every third Friday at Potomac Landing Elementary School, 12500 Fort Washington Road, Fort Washington. For more information about upcoming events, call 301-870-9899 or visit