Women in Action: Ann Takasaki

During their family reunion last month, sixty young-adult refugees from Burma joined Ann Takasaki’s extended family for an evening of food, friendship, and shared experience.  She explained, “I wanted these young refugees to understand that their story was similar to ours, and that they have a great future in store.”   Ann, a native of Utah …

Welcome to Big Ocean!

Message from the Board, July 2016 Greetings fellow Big Ocean compatriots! In honor of our first official newsletter, I wish you a warm welcome from all of us in Big Ocean leadership. We have been working tirelessly behind the scenes organizing a robust structure that will give us all a broader, more unified voice as …

Life Culture Update: July 2016

Compiled by Sarah Hinze, Life-Culture Specialist and Board Member, Big Ocean Women Women’s Whole Health vs Hellerstedt I was visiting our son and his family in Dallas, Texas on June 27, 2016 when the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 5-3 ruling in the abortion facility medical standards case, Woman’s Whole Health vs. Hellerstedt, striking down Texas’ rules protecting women’s health and safety. …

Meet Big Ocean: Mara

“I am just an ordinary woman,” Mara tried to convince me throughout the interview.  “Big Ocean is for every day, ordinary women like me,” she said.  “I love that you don’t need any fancy titles, degrees, or accomplishments to be a part of the Big Ocean sisterhood. You just need a belief in the tenets and a desire …

Big Ocean Live

The Big Ocean team recently began a new, monthly, live internet discussion about Big Ocean tenets on Facebook Live. Kim Landeen and Dana Goodrich did a great job with the first live Big Ocean event! This video discussion talks about the origins of Big Ocean, and women as a force for positive changes in the world. …

Cottage Report May 2016

Big Ocean cottage members have been busy engaging in local and international causes.  Links to a few of the organizations cottages have recently helped with are: – Launfal Foundation –Serve a Village –Raise your Hand Foundation –Safety Net –Days for Girls –Liahona Children’s Foundation –Operation Underground Railroad   Recently, a cottage in Utah took the opportunity …

Big Ocean Baby Shower

Our first Big Ocean Baby shower kicked off with a splash!  Held for the sister and sister-in-law of our Executive director and founder, Carolina Allen, the night included international food, uplifting thoughts, friendship, and service. Our hope behind Big Ocean baby showers is that we can use the venue of a baby shower to focus …

Calvary Revival School Project

In 2014, a group of homeschool families in Provo, Utah banded together and made crafts which they sold door to door and at local farmers markets. Mothers worked together with their children to create and sell. These families raised enough money to send 6 young Liberian children to Calvary Revival school for a full year under …

Angel Murchison

We met Angel Murchison at the Commission on the Status of Women in March 2015. Angel attended the UN parallel event where three Big Ocean women shared stories of their mothers and grandmothers. Their message resonated with her because she knows the power women have — and she knows the consequences of their choices. As a …

Ruth Nyambura Kimani

My names are Ruth Nyambura Kimani. I was born and raised in a small village in central province of Kenya in East Africa. Both my parents are still alive. I am the 12th child in a family of thirteen children, eight girls and five boys. Being raised deep in the village, we all cramped together in our small home …

Women’s Day

Happy women’s day everyone! Hope you are inspiring and strengthening your family, community and the world today!! Here’s one way to strengthen our collective voice for faith, family, and motherhood at the global level. Be a part of a worldwide campaign with me! These ladies are standing for the same things we are, so let’s …