Message From the President
“You're in the Right Place”: Yvette Richards
United Methodist Women is the "right place" for women seeking to use their talents and gifts to help others, said Yvette Richards, president of the organization's board of directors in her address to the new program advisory group assembled for its first annual meeting Mar. 7-9 at Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville, Tenn.
"It is a privilege and honor to represent an organization that stands out front and not on the back row for women, children and youth, an organization that speaks out for justice, an organization whose PURPOSE is to know God!" Ms. Richards said. "You are in the right place for God to use your gifts and talents to bless others."
The 85-member program advisory board includes at least one member from each conference and the organization's 25-member board of directors. It also includes other mission partners and organizations, including:
- General Board of Church and Society
- General Board of Global Ministries
- General Commission on Religion and Race
- General Commission on the Status and Role of Women
- United Methodist deaconess community
- United Methodist Division of Ministry With Young People
- United Methodist Women regional missionaries
- World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women
Ms. Richards asked representatives of these organizations and programs on the program advisory group to stand as she emphasized the importance of networking and collaboration in fulfilling the group's task to provide input and guidance for United Methodist Women's mission initiatives and outreach efforts.
"Networking with other agencies and organizations with a common purpose is one way to accomplish God's mission," she said.
Ms. Richards said United Methodist Women is "weaving a beautiful tapestry, a one of a kind piece of fabric that will cover the world with faith, hope and love in action."
"We inspire one another to take the passion in our hearts and share with others, motivate one another to get fully involved in the purpose of the organization and encourage those around us as we journey together," she said.
Yvette Moore is editor of response, the magazine of United Methodist Women.