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Theressa Hoover: ‘larger than life…gentle as a dove’ – Link to umcconnections.org by Linda Bloom
01/10/2014 Theressa Hoover, 88, died Dec. 21 in Fayetteville, Ark., the hometown that had proclaimed May 30, 2008, as Theressa Hoover Day. She was the first African-American woman to become a top staff executive for The United Methodist Church, was a mentor to many young women, promoted the leadership of laywomen, and engineered a secure future for the women’s organization of the denomination during a period of tumultuous change.
Theressa Hoover, Trailblazer, United Methodist Women Leader, Dead at 88 by Mary Beth Coudal and Yvette Moore
12/24/2013 Theressa Hoover, a vanguard for women’s empowerment, racial justice and the first African American chief executive of United Methodist Women’s national policymaking body, died Saturday, Dec. 21, in a nursing facility in Fayetteville, Ark. Ms. Hoover was 88.
Needy Charlotte Families Get Help for the Holidays
12/19/2013 Trucks from the Second Harvest Food Bank delivered thousands of pounds of turkeys, other food supplies, diapers and school supplies to the Bethlehem Center in Charlotte, N.C. The Bethlehem Center is a United Methodist Mission Institution, which serves families that live below the poverty line. Watch this news story that captures the spirit of Christmas.
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. Link to the UMConnections blog post.
Living in the Shadows: Religion's Response to Human Trafficking by CBSnews.com
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.
Assembly Activities and Schedule
11/13/2013 Updated 11/13/13: What's included in Assembly 2014 registration.
World Council of Churches: 10th Assembly Web Site
10/30/2013 The 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches takes place in Busan, Republic of Korea, from 30 October to 8 November 2013.
Celebrating Peacemaking and the United Nations by Tequila Minsky
10/22/2013 October 24 is United Nations Day—a day that celebrates the United Nations’ dedication to working for peace, development and human rights. United Methodist Women has a long-standing relationship with the U.N., going back as far as 50 years, when United Methodist Women built the Church Center for the United Nations (CCUN). Situated directly across from the U.N., the 13-story Church Center is a permanent home for doing work on behalf of peace. Recently, United Methodist Women celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the CCUN, honoring the peacemakers that work with governments all over the world.
Sacred Sojourn: Relationship-Building Trip Yields Rich Results
10/21/2013 Last month, members of United Methodist Women embarked on a journey that explored the 250-year history of industrialization and its effects on the Chesapeake Bay and the communities that live near its waters. The trip was in preparation for a full sacred journey, which will take place in June 2014.
Mapping Our Way Forward by Yvette Moore
10/16/2013 One year into its new life as an independent agency of the church, United Methodist Women is mapping its future in mission with women, children and youth, said Harriett Jane Olson in her chief executive report at the organization’s annual meeting in New York City, Oct. 11-14.
50 Years of Peacemaking at the Church Center for the United Nations by Tequila Minsky
10/15/2013 Following World War II and the Korean War, United Methodist Women recognized the need for a place to work on behalf of peace. In 1963, United Methodist Women dedicated the 13-story building it built and owned, naming it the Church Center for the United Nations (CCUN). Over the years, this building has been home to countless groups, regardless of religious affiliations, working on peace and justice issues. On October 9, United Methodist Women, staff, and many who have worked there celebrated the building’s 50-year anniversary.
The People’s Global Action on Migration: A Focus on Migrant Human Rights by Tequila Minsky
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-anchored PGA and co-hosted a week of events with six other grassroots organizations, all part of an international coalition of labor, faith, human rights and migrant rights organizations working together so “migrant voices can give their concerns.”
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 Programs for low-income families to a new low— that of a partial government shutdown that’s causing even more harm to those most vulnerable.
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 especially active on October 2, co-hosting a series of workshops around gender justice, migrant rights and trafficking; conducting a prayer service; and taking part in a rally. In conjunction with the 8:00 a.m. worship, organized by UMW and World Day of Prayer, UMW is proud to announce the launch of a joint meditations e-book, "Seeking Fullness of Life." You can purchase the e-book for your Kindle at Amazon.com for $0.99.
Take the United Methodist Names for God Survey
10/02/2013 Take a United Methodist Survey to help us better understand United Methodists perspectives on the language used for God. The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women wants to hear from all members of the United Methodist community. By taking the survey, you are helping to develop new guidelines for language used in worship, curriculums and more.
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