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Lois McCullough Dauway to be Honored at the New York City Area Circles of Names Gathering

By Yvette Moore

The Circle of Names Campaign of the National Council of Churches in a collective honoring of women - women of history, women of today, women of the future - will be celebrating the continuing contributions of Lois McCullough Dauway on Tuesday June 14, 2011 at the Interchurch Center in New York City.


Lois M. Dauway has a long and storied career of Christian service in The United Methodist Church and the ecumenical arena that showed the Gospel to the world. Ms. Dauway served as Interim Deputy General Secretary of the General Board of Global Ministries, organizing and shaping a new Mission and Evangelism Programs Area for the United Methodist mission agency. The units brought together work with Community and Institutional Ministries, Evangelism and Church Growth, Mission Context and Relationships, Mission Personnel and Mission Volunteers.

As Interim Deputy General Secretary for Mission and Evangelism, Ms. Dauway led a team that shaped and unified the unit and helped define the talents and expertise required in a permanent deputy.

Prior to that appointment, Ms. Dauway served as an Associate to the Deputy General Secretary of the Women's Division of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. The Women's Division represents United Methodist Women, an organization of approximately 800,000 members whose purpose is to foster spiritual growth, develop leaders and advocate for justice. Members raise nearly $20 million each year for programs and projects related to women, children and youth in the United States and in more than 100 countries around the world.

Ms. Dauway has also served as the Interim Deputy General Secretary of the Women's Division and as the Assistant General Secretary, Section of Christian Social Responsibility, for the Women's Division. The portfolio of that section includes advocacy around issues concerning children, youth and families; constituency education; conflict resolution; development education and action; public policy; racial justice; United Nations and international affairs; women's concerns; and ecumenical work.

Prior to assuming her duties with the Women's Division, Ms. Dauway was the Associate for Inclusiveness and Justice of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. [NCC].  Her responsibilities for that institution included monitoring the programs and policies of the NCC for the presence of racism, sexism and classism; assisting constituency in working toward inter-ethnic solidarity; and developing strategies for eliminating barriers to inclusiveness in church structures. She served in that position for more than 11 years.

She has traveled throughout North America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Latin America examining cultural differences, the varying nature of conflicts and developing training resources for churches and nonprofit institutions.  

Ms. Dauway's educational background includes a B.A. in psychology and graduate studies in educational administration. She is a United Methodist laywoman.

She also served as Moderator of the Programme Committee of the World Council of Churches and was recently re-elected as a member of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches.

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