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- Peace and Refugees Around the World
12/18/2013 -- Refugees are people who are forced to leave their home country due to war and violence, seeking peace in a foreign country. The Christmas season is associated with the coming of Jesus to bring peace to the earth. One of the ways that peace is made today i...
- CBS Special: Church Response to Human Trafficking
12/13/2013 -- How faith communities are raising awareness about trafficking and empowering survivors is the focus of Living in the Shadows: Religion’s Response to Human Trafficking, a CBS-TV interfaith special that will begin airing on Dec. 15. Living in the Shadows: Religion's Response to Human Trafficking
12/11/2013 -- Living in the Shadows: Religion's Response to Human Trafficking, a CBS Interfaith Special, will be broadcast Sunday, Dec. 15, on the CBS Television Network. Please check your local station for exact time.
- Intercept the Traffickers
12/06/2013 -- On Feb. 2, 2014, thousands will travel to the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., to take part in Super Bowl festivities. Among the travelers will be those who arrive in New Jersey by force, fraud or coercion — they will not be there freely, but as ...
- Give Thanks
11/25/2013 -- Thanksgiving is a special time for my family. We come together, we enjoy each other, we catch up on the current trends, jobs, family, retirement, travel, children, trials, etc. It’s been a fast year, full of joy and pain. But both the joy and pain have he...
- Serving the Nation Under Threat of Sexual Assault
10/28/2013 -- Women and girls around the world face violence and persecution every day. Amnesty International estimates that, “At least one out of every three women worldwide has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime.” The high frequency fo...
- Help End Hunger on World Food Day
10/14/2013 -- Every year on October 16, the global community of food justice advocates committed to ending hunger and poverty celebrate World Food Day. This is a special day that mobilizes efforts around the globe to raise awareness, educate, advocate and call for acti...
- The People’s Global Action on Migration: A Focus on Migrant Human Rights
10/07/2013 -- Held in conjunction with the United Nations High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development, the People’s Global Action on Migration (PGA) brings together grassroots organizations from civil society to highlight migrant issues. United Methodist Women co-...
- United Methodist Women Statement on the Government Shutdown
10/06/2013 -- We are at once heartbroken and filled with holy outrage over the incredible irresponsibility of the U.S. Congress that, in its refusal to pass a budget, has followed the drastic cuts it made earlier this year to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Progr...
- United Methodist Women launches e-book during global migrations event: available now at Amazon.com.
10/02/2013 -- This week, as a member of the host committee for the People’s Action on Global Migration, Development and Human Rights, United Methodist Women is co-conducting events that focus on women’s rights, global migration, human rights and more. UMW is especial...
- The Wesley Center
09/30/2013 -- At the Wesley Center in Eugene, Ore., young people put their faith in action for justice work on issues as diverse as assault prevention, gay rights, disability activism and ethnic identity organizing.
- Stories of Peacemakers: Southern States of the U.S.
09/17/2013 -- Publix, a large supermarket in the Southern States of the U.S., is being pressured by UMW and other coalitional partners for better conditions for farm workers. Over 60 United Methodist Women from the Florida conference joined CIW members and allies in a ...
- Continuing the Fight for Racial Justice and Civil Rights!
09/04/2013 -- As part of United Methodist Women’s ongoing work for racial justice and to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, we are encouraging all people of conscience to continue the legacy of the marchers to agitate for racial justice i...
- United Methodist Women Upholds Tradition of Racial Justice at 50th Anniversary March on Washington and Beyond
09/04/2013 -- From August 21-28, 2013, thousands of people traveled to Washington, D.C. to experience the legacy of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
- Economic Despair-ity
09/03/2013 -- One particular action that the federal government can take that will beneficially impact working individuals living below the poverty line is to increase the minimum wage to a living wage.
- A Jewel For Peace
08/14/2013 -- Across the street from the United Nations alongside midtown Manhattan’s high rises and luxury hotels sits the Church Center for the United Nations, a 50-year-old jewel dedicated to peace and justice for all of the world’s people.
- Trayvon Martin Case Calls for Peacemaking for Racial Justice
07/25/2013 -- The not guilty verdict for George Zimmerman in the shooting death of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and reactions to that verdict laid bare yet again our nation’s longstanding racial schisms and struggle with affording everyone equal protection under ...
- Not a SNAP: Farm Bill Cuts Hurt Women, Children
07/12/2013 -- The Senate passed the farm bill S. 954 June 10 in a vote of 66-27, approving roughly $4 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the food stamp program.
- Supreme Court Voting Rights Act Ruling Damages Voter Protections
07/10/2013 -- We call on United Methodist Women members and the whole church and society to educate themselves about the Supreme Court ruling on the VRA and work toward a legislative solution that maintains the preclearance remedy.
- Senate Immigration Bill: Unfair, Unjust, Unwise
07/05/2013 -- United Methodist Women rejects the disciplinary nature of the current Senate immigration bill, making it more urgent for us to continue our advocacy for positive immigration reform.
- A Room Without a View, Ever
07/01/2013 -- Film director Angad Singh Bhalla talks about his new film "Herman's House" and keeping more than 80,000 humans in solitary confinement in U.S. prisons.
- Coming Up Short
06/27/2013 -- Nursing impacts everyone. Alleviating the nursing shortage, providing quality care for all patients and ensuring that today’s nurses are not overworked and underappreciated are key to the success of ObamaCare.
- People of Faith Become Aware and Rise Up Against the Doctrine of Discovery
05/31/2013 -- On May 20, 2013, approximately 50 people gathered in a meeting room at the Church Center for the United Nations to learn about the Doctrine of Discovery.
- Deb Williams: In the Chapel and in the United Nations
05/31/2013 -- Deb Williams was one of a team of United Methodists to take part in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues held in New York from May 18 to May 25, 2013. She called the experience “insightful.”
- Becky Thompson: Diversity and Hope in the Path of the Storm
05/31/2013 -- Becky Thompson values diversity, resilience and hope. During her attendance at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues held in New York from May 18 to May 25, 2013, she met people from all over the world who have survived in difficult situ...
- Waiting to Hear From the Supremes
05/24/2013 -- In late May or early June, the Supreme Court will render a decision in a case brought by Shelby County, Ala., which challenged the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
- Roma Redux
05/09/2013 -- Senior correspondent and photojournalist for Response shares photos and stories from his journeys visiting Roma communities in Serbia, Macedonia, and Bulgaria.
- Living a Healthy Lifestyle
05/01/2013 -- Join United Methodist Women and live a healthy lifestyle!
- United Methodist Women Listens to Nebraskan Farmers
04/19/2013 -- A Canadian corporation plans to build the Keystone XL Pipeline across Nebraska. A delegation of United Methodist Women leaders and staff traveled there in April 2013 to listen to Nebraskan farm families directly affected by the proposed pipeline.
- Nebraskans Seek Support Against Keystone XL
04/10/2013 -- United Methodist Women members are invited to join Eastern Nebraskans mobilizing against Keystone XL oil pipeline for April 18 State Department hearings.
- On Equal Pay Day, Fight for Equal Pay for Women!
04/01/2013 -- Urge your members of Congress to co-sponsor both the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 84/H.R. 377) and the Fair Minimum Wage Act (S. 460/H.R. 1010).
- Sustainable and Abundant Life
03/22/2013 -- When Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast last October, flooding homes, train stations and even halting Wall Street trading, it shook more than buildings. Coming on the heels of summer wildfires, droughts that caused more than half of all U.S. counties to b...
- A United Methodist Women-Organized March Rallies to Mark International Women's Day
03/07/2013 -- To mark International Women’s Day, United Methodist Women is among five organizations coordinating a March 8 rally and march near the United Nations.
- United Methodist Women to Participate in U.N. Women's Events
03/01/2013 -- A delegation sponsored by United Methodist Women will spend the next week focusing on education and advocacy around the theme of the commission’s 57th session— to eliminate and prevent all forms of violence against women and girls.
- Demand A Plan on Gun Violence
02/28/2013 -- The senseless killing of 20 innocent children and the six adults charged with their education has catalyzed the call to action. Will you respond to former Rep. Gabby Giffords’s challenge “to do something”?
- Join Us in March, Side Events at the 57th Commission on the Status of Women
02/15/2013 -- United Methodist Women will participate in CSW-57 by bringing an international delegation that will work with ecumenical and secular partners to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls.
- Food and Hunger
02/05/2013 -- While overnutrition and undernutrition seem to be polar opposites, they are both forms of malnutrition.
- Hunger and Poverty
02/05/2013 -- The main cause of hunger is poverty and lack of power to access nutritious food.
- United Methodist Women Launches Principles to Immigration Reform
02/01/2013 -- United Methodist Women offers core principles on immigration reform to guide us in the intense national debate and negotiations ahead.
- How Can You Take Action to Reduce Gun Violence?
02/01/2013 -- Here are things that you can do to encourage Congress to take action against gun violence.
- The Fiscal Cliff Averted (for Now)
01/28/2013 -- Congress’ actions have prevented the initial collision of tax hikes and spending cuts that created the fiscal cliff, but the war over the U.S. deficit and budget is still being waged in the halls of Congress.
- United Methodist Women Joins Ecumenical Call for Commonsense Gun Laws
01/17/2013 -- United Methodist Women joined more than 40 national faith groups signing a Jan. 14 ecumenical letter to both houses of the U.S. Congress asking for commonsense legislation to reduce gun violence.
- Revisiting the Rev. King’s Call to Action in His “Beyond Vietnam” Speech
01/15/2013 -- Reflecting on passages from his “Beyond Vietnam” speech reveals Dr. King’s words as enduringly prophetic and persistent.
- Violence Against Women Act: An Update
01/10/2013 -- The expansion of VAWA to include LGBT, undocumented, and Native American women is facing challenges in the House of Representatives, and the 112th Congress allowed the bill to fail. Please call your representative and urge support for full protection for ...
- Responsively Yours: Seek Peace and Pursue It
01/01/2013 -- A critical part of our peacemaking work is directing the attention of global policymakers to issues raised by grassroots women around the world.
- From Victim to Survivor
01/01/2013 -- Once-trafficked women get a new start at the Mission Giving-supported Batis Center for Women in the Philippines.
- Participate in the Sabbath to Stop Gun Violence
12/18/2012 -- On January 5 and 6, 2013, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, led by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is organizing a Sabbath to Stop Gun Violence.
- Grassroots International: Palestine
12/17/2012 -- In the West Bank villages of Bil’in and Nil’in, just outside of Ramallah, 30 women have used the power of honey to keep their communities – and their livelihoods – cohesive and resolute.
- Peace and the Tradition of Child Marriage
12/11/2012 -- As Methodists enter into the Christmas season, a crucial, global problem needs addressing – and eradicating – to promote comforting homes in all faiths this holiday season: child marriage.
- Celebrate 16 Days of Activism
12/07/2012 -- The Center for Global Women’s Leadership (CGWL) announced the campaign’s newest project, “What does security mean to you?” The goal is to collect short videos and written statements responding to that question.
- Land Grabbing
12/07/2012 -- The large-scale acquisition of land traditionally used by local communities, “land grabbing,” has accelerated exponentially, resulting in record levels of hunger, displacement and environmental degradation.
- The Right to Food
12/07/2012 -- When the world can produce more than enough food to adequately feed the global population, it shames us all that hunger and malnutrition exist.
- Introducing Food Justice
11/14/2012 -- Hunger and poverty have a cyclical relationship.
- The Impact of Food Prices on Peace and Security
11/14/2012 -- The poorest households in the developing world spend up to 60 to 80% of their incomes on food.
- Hurricane Sandy: The New Normal
11/08/2012 -- We have a challenging recovery ahead from Hurricane Sandy. Unfortunately, we will be dealing with more such devastating disasters, which may become our new normal.
- A Circle of Thanksgiving
11/01/2012 -- What does the national Thanksgving holiday mean for Native American peoples?
- Hershey's Fair Trade
11/01/2012 -- United Methodist voices help persuade chocolate company to address child labor.
- New Board Approves Budget, Nominates Advisory Group Members for Program Teams
10/22/2012 -- At their first meeting of the quadrennium as a new configuration of 25 members, the United Methodist Women Board of Directors met October 18-21 in Nashville, Tenn., at United Methodist Women-owned Scarritt-Bennett Center.
- United Methodist Women Unveils D.C. Anti-Hate Ad
10/16/2012 -- On Monday October 15, standing shoulder to shoulder with members from Jewish, Muslim and other Protestant faith communities, representatives of United Methodist Women responded to anti-Islamic ads now appearing in metro stations in Washington, D.C.
- United Methodist Women Takes New York Subway Ad to Washington Metro
10/11/2012 -- Following their ads posted in the New York City subway challenging hate speech, United Methodist Women will co-sponsor more counter ads, this time in Washington, DC’s Metro stations, with 23 other faith organizations.
- Day of the Girl
10/08/2012 -- In December 2011 the U.N. General Assembly adopted a resolution to establish October 11 as the "International Day of the Girl Child." United Methodist Women encourages members to participate in the inaugural Day of the Girl this October 11 to help better ...
- Responsively Yours: Break Stalemates to Peace
10/01/2012 -- Have the tragic shootings around the country this year prompted you to prayer and action or are you stunned? Like Jesus’ lament in Luke 19; for we do not know the “things that make for peace.”
- HIV's Unexpected Legacies
10/01/2012 -- Activists fighting the AIDS epidemic for 30 years share lessons about social justice, gender equality, human rights and solidarity.
- United Methodist Women Unveils Ad Countering Hate Speech in New York City Subway
09/26/2012 -- General Secretary of United Methodist Women Harriett J. Olson unveiled an ad countering the anti-Muslim hate speech of an ad posted in 10 New York City subway stations during an interfaith press conference Sept. 25.
- New York Interfaith Coalition Will Gather to Denounce Hate Ads on Subways
09/24/2012 -- On Tuesday, September 25 at 9:00 am, a coalition of New York community and faith based organizations will gather on the steps of City Hall to denounce anti-Muslim hate advertisements posted on New York City subway platforms. The ads are harmfully provocat...
- Divide and Conquer
09/01/2012 -- Employers stoke racial rifts for economic gain.
- Stumbling Over Reproductive Health
09/01/2012 -- Every woman has a right to complete health care throughout her life -- even in developing countries.
- ID Laws that Prevent People from Voting in the November Election
08/30/2012 -- United Methodist Women are concerned about Pennsylvania and other states seeking to disenfranchise many voters by the new law that requires an identification card.
- Electing Candidates Committed to Positively Transforming the Lives of Women, Girls and Families
08/28/2012 -- We come to you this month with a different format for our Action Alert in preparation for this year’s elections. We have provided a “2012 Candidate Checklist: A Questionnaire for Candidates Seeking Election” for you to use while following this year’s elec...
- Voter Suppression Lament
08/27/2012 -- Gladys Hubbard is a member of United Methodist Women from the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. She serves on United Methodist Women's Program Advisory Board. She prays for wisdom in the coming election.
- Celebrating and Pushing for Women’s Equality and Leadership
08/22/2012 -- On August 26, we have the opportunity to celebrate Women’s Equality Day. While we can applaud the strides women have made, we still have a ways to go.
- Reflections from Virginia Conference’s United Methodist Seminar
08/13/2012 -- May we all find the courage to remove our blinders and confront the injustices around us for the glory of God just as these young people have done at a United Methodist seminar in New York City.
- Celebrate the Contribution of Indigenous Peoples
08/07/2012 -- On August 9, 2012 the United Nations commemorates the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. Please take time on this day to learn more about the current realities of Indigenous peoples.
- Suppression of Voting Rights: A Threat to Democracy
07/30/2012 -- State laws requiring voter identification unfairly impact the ability of women, minority groups, older adults and younger adults to vote in the coming election.
- Women's Legislative Priorities
06/29/2012 -- While women are vastly outnumbered in Congress, they can play a significant role in adopting legislation to forward women’s interests.
- Woman Power: Election 2012
06/12/2012 -- In the 2012 presidential election, the role of women and women’s rights will be hotly contested. Stances on the crucial issues of women’s reproductive rights will continue to be battled across party lines and take up large portions of the media’s attentio...
- United Methodist Women Joins World Day Against Child Labor
06/01/2012 -- During the week of June 11, 2012, United Methodist Women will join children’s advocates around the world, lifting up concerns about the exploitation of children on the World Day Against Child Labor.
- Responsively Yours: A Peek Into the Gender Gap
06/01/2012 -- Women in general operate with a sort of enlightened self-interest, not selflessly, but in ways that take seriously our own needs, the needs of our families, our businesses and our communities, the people and places we know best.
- Get Involved With Your Conference Rapid Response Team
05/10/2012 -- The United Methodist Rapid Response Team mobilizes congregations to welcome immigrants and to advocate for just and humane immigration reform at the state and federal level.
- The Global Land Grab
05/01/2012 -- Around the world impoverished peoples are fighting a foreign rush for wealth and control that threatens to strip them of land, food and water.
- Wage Theft
05/01/2012 -- Billions of dollars are stolen from U.S. workers every year.
- Nebraska United Methodist Women Bring People Together for Immigration Seminar
04/22/2012 -- The Nebraska Conference and the United Methodist Seminar Program collaborated to host representatives from National Mission Institutions, a deaconess, students from Nebraska Wesleyan and even one Lutheran as well as United Methodist Women from across the...
- Tampa Event Geared to Immigrant Detention
04/18/2012 -- “Profit From Pain Is Inhumane! Dignity Not Detention” will be theme of a rally during General Conference 2012.
- We Belong Together in Alabama
04/10/2012 -- Ruth Ann Powers, educator and leader in United Methodist Women, was among the 17 U.S. leaders at the We Belong Together roundtable in March who denounced HB 56, Alabama’s 2011 anti-immigrant legislation.
- The 2013 Federal Budget: A Presidential Proposal
04/05/2012 -- President Barack Obama's federal budget proposal requests $3.8 trillion in spending on infrastructure, education and manufacturing while raising taxes on the wealthy and cutting funding to most other domestic agencies and the Department of Defense.
- Finding Our Self: United Methodist Women in the Next Quadrennium
03/20/2012 -- At the spring 2012 Women’s Division board meeting, Deputy General Secretary Harriett Jane Olson asks United Methodist Women to define itself as an organization that is part of the body of Christ.
- Directors Visit Southeast Dallas Cooperative Parish, Learn About Immigration Issues
03/19/2012 -- Directors heard from pastors leading the three member churches and learned about how Justice for Our Neighbors was helping immigrants retain legal rights in Dallas.
- Beyond Labels
03/09/2012 -- Seeking open dialogue and community in a divided world.
- That We May All Live Together
03/08/2012 -- Three of the ten United Methodist Women supported-delegates to the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations (CSW) attended the international meeting through the United Methodist Church partner, the Asian Rural Institute (ARI) in Japan.
- United Methodist Women Explores Needs of Rural Women
03/07/2012 -- United Methodist Women sponsored international participants who attended the first week of this year’s commission meeting, which began Feb. 27 and continues through March 9.
- Ana Chã: Brazilian Landless Worker Emphasizes Health and Happiness for Rural Women
03/02/2012 -- Ana Chã spoke to more than 100 people on Tuesday as part of the panel, “Voices of Rural Women,” co-sponsored by United Methodist Women and World Vision International, a side event of the Commission on the Status of Women.
- Introducing a Rural Hero
02/28/2012 -- Eli Gashi of Kosovo, United Methodist Women-sponsored delegate to the 56th Commission on the Status of Women, shared the story of Marta Prekpalaj, who worked for women's empowerment before, during and after the conflicts in Kosovo from 1998-1999.
- Community Leaders and Rural Women Bear Fruit at UN Meeting
02/24/2012 -- The fruits of next week’s UN gathering will be the empowerment and participation of community leaders like Ms. Robinson who brings the realities, concerns and voices of rural women to the international table.
- Act to Make Women Safe Now
02/22/2012 -- The Violence Against Women Act supports cost-saving measures for effective response to crimes of domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault and dating violence.
- Reflecting on a Heroic Prophet: The Unfinished Work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
01/12/2012 -- True heroes make us better by challenging our misplaced priorities, expanding our vision of a better world, and inspiring us to pursue the vision. Martin Luther King did that for a generation and contintues to inspire long after his death.
- Human Trafficking Awareness Day: How Many Modern Day Slaves are Supporting You?
01/09/2012 -- Human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the world after drug trade. Financial bondage and violent intimidation are mechanisms used by traffickers to enslave women and children.
- Responsively Yours: "Something there is that doesn't love a wall"
01/03/2012 -- Let us not give walls undue power. In this new year, let us dream of peace, but let us also commit ourselves anew to work for peace, and to declare the message of the love of God for all peoples on earth.
- National Seminar: Mission Reconciliation
01/03/2012 -- United Methodist Women taps U.S. civil rights history and new technology to engage the ministry of reconciliation in Birmingham, Alabama.
- Women, War and Peace: Three Women Win the Nobel Prize for Peace
12/21/2011 -- Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the first woman to be elected head of state in Africa and she ushered in peace after a 14-year civil war. Leymah Gbowee founded Women, Peace and Security Network Africa, and is known for organizing a women’s peace protest that inc...
- Transcending Boundaries and Transforming Lives
12/19/2011 -- Speech by Harriett Olson at 125th Anniversary of Isabella Thoburn College, Lucknow, India.
- Intercept the Traffickers 2012
12/05/2011 -- Leading up to Super Bowl Sunday, February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana, join United Methodist Women Human Trafficking Team members in our Intercept the Traffickers campaign.
- Responsively Yours: Traditions in Chocolate and Justice
12/01/2011 -- Sweeten this holiday by sending a message to Hershey's to let the company know that you care about exploitation of workers.
- Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus and Other Immigrants
12/01/2011 -- The Christmas story is a lesson on God’s greatest commandments of all.
- Celebrate International Migrants Day, December 18
11/17/2011 -- In this time of Advent, the United Methodist Task Force on Immigration invites United Methodists to lift up the global and local realities of migrants on December 18 in worship and prayer.
- United Methodist Mission Delegation to Attend Global Events on Migration, Development and Human Rights
11/15/2011 -- Global Ministries, including United Methodist Women, has organized a delegation highly representative of areas where The United Methodist Church and its mission partners are challenged by migration issues.
- United Methodists Join Tar Sands Action for Environmental Justice
11/09/2011 -- United Methodists converged on the White House on Sunday, November 6, 2011, with over 10,000 others to press President Obama to block construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
11/04/2011 -- United Methodists call for education and dialogue on a popular technique for natural gas drilling.
- The Things That Make for Peace
11/04/2011 -- United Methodist Women Host Panel Discussion on Enabling Reconciliation of Communities and Individuals
- Rural Women Panels Raise Issues on Food Security, Violence Against Women
11/01/2011 -- In observance of International Day of Rural Women and World Food Day, United Methodist Women co-organized two panel discussions highlighting issues important to rural women around the world at the Church Center for the United Nations, Oct. 14, 2011.
- United Methodist Women Joins Tar Sands Action at White House
10/28/2011 -- United Methodist Women will join with other organizations November 6th in Washington, D.C., at 2 p.m. for one hour in an action against the proposed transcontinental Keystone XL tar sands pipeline projects intended to ship oil from Canada to the United St...
- Women’s Human Rights: A Celebration of the 66th United Nations Day
10/27/2011 -- Determined to promote peace and prevent future warfare, a group of delegates from 50 countries, chaired by former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, gathered in San Francisco. The result was not only the formation of the international body known today as the U...
- Women, War & Peace
10/11/2011 -- Join United Methodist Women members around the country in watching this important series that highlights the importance of women’s voices in conflict and the necessity of ending war if we are to ever live in the world of peace God intended for us.
- Directors Celebrate Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee
10/10/2011 -- Women’s Division directors had a discussion the following evening with Abigail Disney, executive producer for “Women, War & Peace,” a five-part series on PBS, and producer of “Pray the Devil Back to Hell,” a documentary in which Leymah Gbowee is a central...
- Criminalization of Communities of Color
10/05/2011 -- Racial disparities in the nation's legal system continue to challenge fairness and equal justice.
- Race and Migration: Ten Years After Durban
09/28/2011 -- Over 15,000 people gathered in Durban, South Africa, 10 years ago to attend the United Nations World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, known as WCAR, or “Durban.”
- British Methodist Church Leaders Call for Political Progress 10 Years Since 9/11
09/08/2011 -- A decade on from the 9/11 attacks British Church leaders are calling for the Government to examine its use of military force in response to violent extremism.
- Speaking Out for Compassion and Against Hate
09/02/2011 -- So justice is driven back and righteousness stands at a distance; truth has stumbled in the streets, honesty cannot enter. Truth is nowhere to be found, and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey.
- Seeking Peace in Afghanistan
09/02/2011 -- For Afghans, the current war involving more than 100,000 foreign military troops is simply the latest in a long history of foreigners trying to impose by military might their own agenda in Afghanistan.
- The Criminalization of Communities of Color in the United States
09/02/2011 -- There is an increase in mass incarceration in the United States that disproportionately impacts people of color due to institutionalized racism, racial profiling, and mandatory sentencing. The United Methodist Church needs to actively work to dismantle cu...
- Caring for God's Creation
09/02/2011 -- God has given humankind responsibility for the care and keeping of the earth as God’s steward. (Genesis 2:15) The Bible’s message, however, goes beyond just managing natural resources wisely.
- Women In Prison
08/25/2011 -- August 26 will mark the 40th anniversary of Women’s Equality Day. We must give urgent attention to the increasing incarceration rate of women offenders.
- The 56th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women
08/04/2011 -- CSW-56 will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York City from February 27 to March 9, 2012. The theme is “the empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenge.” This session will ...
- Transforming America’s Education
07/19/2011 -- According to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, the US has a 25 percent school dropout rate. “Where you see those kinds of numbers we are perpetuating poverty and social failure."
- Responsively Yours: Children of God Wage Peace
07/08/2011 -- If we as women of the church are to find ways to “wage peace,” we will need to change our ways of thinking and seeing.
- Disarming Might, Reconciling Enemies, Loving Resistance
07/08/2011 -- What lessons might we in churches learn about the task of reconciliation from these recent popular uprisings? Reconciliation takes place from the bottom up.
- Palestine's Facebook Generation
07/08/2011 -- Youth use social media to break the siege of Gaza.
- Prayers for Sudan
07/06/2011 -- Join in an ecumenical effort to raise our voices and offer our prayers for the sake of the Sudanese people, for the uniting of the strong peacemakers in Sudan and for peace among differences of region and religion.
- United Methodist Women UNiTE to End Global Violence Against Women
06/22/2011 -- The UNiTE campaign was launched in 2008 by United Nations (U.N.) Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to influence laws and policies, mobilize the public and partner with governments and organizations to end violence against women.
- Monitoring News Coverage of Religion in Mainstream News Media
06/13/2011 -- We are inviting you to monitor how mainstream media cover religion.
- Fact or Fiction? Five Myths About Haiti
06/09/2011 -- Here are five of the most common misperceptions about Haiti and some alternate perspectives that come closer to the truth.
- The Paradoxes of the Haitian Diaspora
06/02/2011 -- This article examines these three paradoxes, often caused by government immigration policies for Haitians who live scattered.
- Reframing Recovery to Achieve Environmental Justice in Haiti
05/27/2011 -- During its 21-year occupation of Haiti, the United States concentrated nearly all economic resources and investments in the capital city, Port-au-Prince. Haiti's other population centers and rural areas received few benefits, spurring a severe decline in ...
- Restorative Justice: Moving Beyond Punishment
05/24/2011 -- This mission study from 2002 is a response to the call of The United Methodist Church to focus upon Restorative Justice ministries in light of the prison-industrial complex, and offers a vision of restoration and healing over isolation and punishment.
- Anne Gallagher's Forgiveness Story
05/23/2011 -- Listen to Anne Gallagher's story of forgiveness as a nurse in the midst of the English-Irish turmoil in Belfast, Ireland.
- The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII)
05/19/2011 -- This year is the 10th anniversary of the creation of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), which will be held May 16–27, 2011, at the United Nations (U.N.) headquarters in New York City.
- Truth and Reconciliation
05/16/2011 -- Nelson Mandela organized the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which would be the organization to work systemically to heal the country after Apartheid and bring about a new future for South Africa.
- Wage Peace for Mother’s Day
05/06/2011 -- President Barack Obama’s announcement on Sunday that a U.S. Navy Seal team had killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan begs the question: Could this be a time for all persons of goodwill to undertake the hard work of waging peace?
- Support S596 to Stop Human Trafficking
05/02/2011 -- The Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victim Support Act is a pathway to freedom for victims of human trafficking.
- Cordialmente Suya: Una Ley con Consecuencias Inesperadas
05/01/2011 -- Recuerdo con mucha claridad lo que aprendí en una clase de antropología de la universidad acerca del impacto que se crea entre un participante y un observador. Mi profesora, que había trabajado por varios años formando y enseñando a leer y escribir a gent...
- UPDATE: The Nation’s Budget: A Reflection of What We Value
04/28/2011 -- Next month the U.S. Congress votes on whether to raise the debt ceiling. Let your representative know that you want the debt ceiling raised to protect important programs.
- Honoring God's Creation
04/20/2011 -- There are many ways you can honor the sacredness of Creation. You may already have plans for your UMW unit and congregation. If you do not, here are some ideas.
- Challenge U.S. Immigrant Detention and Deportation Policies
04/19/2011 -- The U.S. government detained nearly 400,000 people in immigration custody in some 350 facilities at an annual cost of more than $1.7 billion in 2009. The number of detention beds has grown to more than 33,000, with construction of more facilitie...
- Learn About United Methodist Church Policy on Immigration
04/19/2011 -- United Methodist Women's work for immigrant and civil rights is based on United Methodist policy as affirmed by General Conference in 2008.
- A People’s Cathedral in Wisconsin
04/01/2011 -- A United Methodist reports from the struggle for worker’s rights in Madison, Wisc.
- Building Peace in Africa’s Newest Nation
04/01/2011 -- In January the people of Southern Sudan voted to become an independent nation. Now begins the hard but joyful work of building a nation in peace.
- Reflections on the United Methodist Seminar Program
03/14/2011 -- The Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe is the dean of the Chapel and Religious Life at Emory University. On March 7–8, Ms. Henry-Crowe led a group of students from Emory University for a seminar on education with the United Methodist Seminar Program.
- Women’s Representation in the State of the Union
02/28/2011 -- Several weeks ago the president in his second State of the Union speech presented his vision of our national well-being. Prior to the State of the Union address, the Women’s Media Center asked experts across the country to assess and grade the administrat...
- United Methodist Women Hosts Delegation and Workshops for the 55th Commission on the Status of Women
02/16/2011 -- This year, United Methodist Women will be an active participant at the United Nation’s 55th annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), February 22 to March 4 at the Church Center for the United Nations (CCUN).
- Mary Mcleod Bethune
02/15/2011 -- Mary Mcleod Bethune was the 15th daughter of former slaves from South Carolina who became a civil rights leader, educator, and presidential advisor.
- Responsively Yours: Listening for God in Christian Conferencing
02/01/2011 -- In Christian conferencing we practice a discipline of listening to God through worship, Bible study and listening to each other in deep conversations and sometimes debate.
- Let There Be Peace on Earth
12/15/2010 -- Much more work remains to ensure that women have a voice in times of conflict and in implementing UNSCR 1325 worldwide. We must all join the efforts of women throughout the world who are saying, “Let there be peace on earth.”
- Take Action for Migrant Rights on December 18, International Migrants Day
12/13/2010 -- In this season of Advent, we commemorate International Migrants Day on December 18, recognizing the efforts, contributions and rights of migrants worldwide. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the United Nations (U.N.) migrant rights convention.
- International Climate Talks On In Mexico
12/03/2010 -- This year’s high-level United Nations climate meeting, the Conference of Parties, has begun in Cancun, Mexico, with an estimated 200 nations sending representatives. United Methodist Women partners are currently there.
- This Thanksgiving, Help End Violence Against Women
11/23/2010 -- Be thankful for your blessings this Thanksgiving: Take action to end violence against women.
- United Methodist Women Register for Independence Vote in Southern Sudan
11/23/2010 -- United Methodist women in Southern Sudan are joining their neighbors in enthusiastically registering to vote in a January referendum on whether their war-torn land will split off from the north of the country.
- Women, Health and Safety
11/17/2010 -- Urge your congressional representative to support and co-sponsor H.R. 5268, the Global Maternal and Newborn Health Outcomes while Maximizing Successes (MOMS) Act.
- Global Migration Focus of Global Gathering in Mexico
11/01/2010 -- United Methodist Women heads to Mexico City this week for the People’s Global Action on Migration, Development and Human Rights (PGA).
- Interviews with Women from "Voices from the Frontlines"
10/28/2010 -- United Methodist Women spoke to about what would make implementation of UNSCR 1325 effective and how women of faith can implement peace around the world.
- Women Call for Peace Resolution Implementation
10/28/2010 -- In “Voices from the Frontlines,” women from conflict areas around the world shared their experiences on why women need to be involved in decisions that define just and reconciliatory processes on every level.
- Harriett Olson Speaks on Women, Peace and Security
10/26/2010 -- Women’s Division head Harriett Olson spoke on the importance of women’s involvement in peace and security issues for an event on implementing United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.
- Sally L. Vonner Elected to Women's Division AGS Position, and Other Approvals
10/13/2010 -- At their Annual board meeting, Oct. 7-11 in Stamford, Conn., the Women’s Division board of directors approved or reported on the following actions.
- Women as Peacemakers, Women as Decision Makers
10/12/2010 -- From Oct. 18-29, the United Nations and women’s and civil society organizations will celebrate 10 years of UNSCR 1325.
- Electing Candidates Committed to Changing Lives for Women, Girls, and Families
10/07/2010 -- Use the Checklist as a tool to assess whether a candidate’s positions reflect values supporting initiatives for women, girls, and families.
- Sunlit Sisters
10/01/2010 -- The Korean War led many young women to “camptowns” where there were soldiers with money and a chance for survival. Today, Sunlit Sisters Center offers light and love to the now aging women.
- UMC Bishop Thomas Bickerton Speaks on Ending Malaria Deaths at U.N. Panel
09/22/2010 -- United Methodist Women had a presence at the U.N. Week’s Digital Media Lounge Tuesday during which a panel discussion was held about malaria that included United Methodist Bishop Thomas Bickerton, who spearheads the Nothing But Nets campaign.
- My Work With Imam Feisal Rauf and Daisy Khan
09/15/2010 -- As I listen to the debate about the proposed Cordoba House community center at 51 Park Place in Manhattan, I find it painful to see two highly regarded interfaith leaders dragged through the mud by news commentators and politicians who don’t really know t...
- Women's Equality Day: August 26
09/01/2010 -- Governments, nongovernmental organizations and the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals acknowledge the critical importance of gender equality for the advancement of society.
- Wish Social Security a Happy 75th Birthday!
08/17/2010 -- In the emerging battle over Social Security, the stakes for women are high.
- Support the Paycheck Fairness Act
08/04/2010 -- The bill, amending the 1964 Civil Rights Act, enhanced workers rights to sue for pay discrimination.
- President and Congress Act for Historic Financial Reform
07/19/2010 -- Congress passed historic legislation on Thursday to prevent the type of financial meltdown that crippled the U.S. economy in 2008.
- ’I Want to Make a Difference in this World’
06/10/2010 -- Alexis Murphy shares her reflections on marching for immigrant, civil and human rights in a National Day of Action May 29.
- Update: The Beauty and Courage of Sudan
05/11/2010 -- In the months since publication of the geographic study, The Beauty and Courage of Sudan, flickers of hope have enlivened Sudan’s dream of peace.
- Joycelyn Elders Leads Town Hall on Health Care Reform
05/02/2010 -- Dr. Joycelyn Elders encourages women to create a consensus that health care for all is not only necessary but possible.
- United Methodist Women, Local Advocacy Groups Gather in St. Louis May 1 to Call for Immigrant, Civil and Human Rights
04/21/2010 -- On Saturday, May 1, 2010, thousands of United Methodist Women, in St. Louis for their Quadrennial Assembly, and key St. Louis community groups will march and participate in a public faith-based vigil for immigrant, civil and human rights.
- The President’s Budget: A Focus on Women and Families
03/15/2010 -- The White House released its Fiscal Year 2011 budget proposal Feb. 1. The proposed budget makes investments critical to the economic future of women and families.
- Mission Leaders Appeal for End to Violence against Christians in Pakistan
09/04/2009 -- New York, NY, September 4, 2009--Two top mission leaders of The United Methodist Church are appealing to the government of Pakistan to take measures to ensure the safety of a Christian minority under violent attack in some parts of the officially Islamic ...
- West Africa Women Meet to Explore Being Better Together in Christ
06/03/2009 -- This impromptu composition by missionary Catherine Akale became the unofficial theme song of this first gathering of leaders from United Methodist women's organizations within the West Africa Central Conference. The participants gathered in Monrovia, Libe...
- Mission Study on Israel-Palestine Is Consistent with United Methodist Policy
06/24/2008 -- A joint statement of the General Board of Global Ministries and the Women's Division
- Mission Study on "Israel-Palestine" Is Consistent with United Methodist Policy
02/19/2008 -- A comprehensive 1996 statement on Christian-Jewish relations by The United Methodist Church's legislating General Conference strongly reiterated the denomination's opposition to all forms of anti-Semitism.i Four years later, the quadrennial General Confer...
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