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Isabella Thoburn College Celebrates 125 Years

Students from Isabella Thoburn College perform street theater against dowry violence
Students from Isabella Thoburn College perform street theater against dowry violence. Dowry has grown more prevalent in India in recent years, contributing to violence against women whose families cannot keep transferring wealth.

Ubuntu eXplorers Participants Join In Festivities

By Leigh Rogers

Ubuntu eXplorers to India are celebrating with Isabella Thoburn College as it marks 125 years educating women. 

The quasquicentennial anniversary will last for four days, November 1-4, 2011 in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. Harriett Olson, deputy general secretary of the Women's Division, will share in celebrating the legacy of the women's college, along with other staff and members of United Methodist Women. Ms. Olson will deliver the keynote address, "Transcending Boundaries and Transforming Lives."

The college was founded 1886 with just six students by Isabella Thoburn, a Methodist missionary sent in 1870 by the Women's Foreign Missionary Society, a predecessor organization of United Methodist Women. It pioneered girls' education, being one of the first to do so in colonial India, and was the first Christian (Methodist) college for women in Asia.

United Methodist Women has continued to support the institution through higher education initiatives and mission support.

Ubuntu eXplorers: India

In addition to celebrating Isabella Thoburn College's Ubuntu eXplorers participants will meet Methodist Women of India to fellowship and worship together. 

Chloe Heidt, 16, of Canton, GA, is blogging about her experience in India. She won the trip with her video submission, "Walk Water Short," as part of a video contest for United Methodist Women's Assembly in 2010


Leigh Rogers is public relations associate for United Methodist Women.

Last Updated: 04/10/2014

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