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- Theressa Hoover, Trailblazer, United Methodist Women Leader, Dead at 88
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 8...
- 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 fam...
- 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...
- We Are All Part of the Story
12/18/2013 -- How often do we read scriptures looking for something to correlate to our everyday existence? There are times when the scriptures read so lofty that it can be difficult to find ourselves within a story, lesson or parable. As I revisited the story of how t...
- 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. A Time of Joy
12/12/2013 -- Of the four themes of Advent, it is joy that is in my opinion one of the hardest to reach. Joy is often substituted for the word happy, however, joy goes much deeper than happiness. I ask you today: What do you have to be joyful about?
- 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.
- District and Conference Bylaws
12/10/2013 -- Updated bylaws appear in the United Methodist Women Handbook 2013-2016.
- 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 ...
- Remembering the Child
12/05/2013 -- In this Advent season, in the midst of our preparations, gatherings, and our long list of “to dos,” I am reminded to not let the Christ child get crowded out on the sidelines. Honoring Christ and preparing for his coming into our lives is the goal of this...
- The Tree of Life, Issue Nr. 4: Care for the Elderly – Hope for the Elderly (PDF)
12/04/2013 -- The Tree of Life is published by the World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women. This issue, "Care for the Elderly – Hope for Elderly," recognizes our role as caregivers to the elderly, bringing joy and hope to the autumn years of th...
- Preparing the Way
11/29/2013 -- The four weeks of Advent leading up to Christmas are all about preparation for Jesus’ coming. It is a seasonal reminder of the work we should be about all year long. We are preparing for the coming of the Christ — the One who ushers in God’s Kingdom here ...
- 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...
- Celebrating Peacemaking and the United Nations
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 Met...
- 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 ...
- Combating Climate Change: President Obama's Proposal for Sustainability
10/17/2013 -- It can generally be said that the planet earth and its natural resources are gifts shared by all of humanity. However, it is no secret that decades of human reliance on fossil fuels and other non-sustainable methods of energy consumption have taken a toll...
- Mapping Our Way Forward
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...
- 50 Years of Peacemaking at the Church Center for the United Nations
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 Na...
- 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...
- Stories of Peacemakers: Domestic Violence
10/01/2013 -- “Shades of Violence, Paths to Healing” was the theme of an opening gathering on domestic violence and abuse sponsored jointly by the United Methodist Women and United Methodist Men of the Baltimore-Washington Conference. It was an event that featured expe...
- United Methodists to take part in weeklong focus on global migration: Link to umcconnections.org
09/26/2013 -- 50 United Methodists will represent the Church at activities calling attention to global migration. The events, associated with the People’s Action on Global Migration, Development and Human Rights, coincide with the High Level Dialogue on International M...
- Make It Happen at Assembly 2014!
09/13/2013 -- Women from around the country and mission partners from across the globe are called to the 19th quadrennial Assembly of United Methodist Women April 25 -27, 2014, at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky.
- A Call to the 2014 United Methodist Women Assembly
09/06/2013 -- Women from around the country and mission partners from across the globe are called to the 19th quadrennial Assembly of United Methodist Women, April 25 -27, 2014, at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky.
- 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.
- 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 ...
- Nazgul William
07/19/2013 -- Her life abruptly ended July 17, 2013, in Beijing, China. While out for an afternoon walk near a shopping center, she was one of two people stabbed by a young man in what was reported as a random act of violence due to mental illness.
- 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.
- The Tree of Life: Spring 2013 (PDF)
05/07/2013 -- Hope for Wholeness - Summary of MGD Workshop at World Assembly
- Webinar: "Women, Migration & Maternal Health" - June 5
05/01/2013 -- June 5, 3-4 p.m., EDT. As the immigration debate heats up in the U.S., migrant women are often denied basic rights to health care; legal status, language and race all factor in limiting access. Learn more about what you can do! Register at umchealthyfamil...
- United Methodist Women Honored for Anti-Hate Campaign
04/08/2013 -- The Muslim Consultative Network honored United Methodist Women, Sojourners and T’ruah for “standing against anti-Muslim bigotry” at their Third Annual Gala on April 4 in New York.
- "Detroit's Next Green Leader" a Participant in Climate Justice Seminar
03/28/2013 -- Dubbed "Detroit's next green leader," Eastern Michigan University senior, Dorthea Thomas, attended an international seminar Feb. 14-24 in Tokyo focusing on climate justice. The event was sponsored by the organization, United Methodist Women.
- African Women Mobilize to Build Peace
03/20/2013 -- United Methodist women from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda explored their roles as women peace builders in a three-day conference at Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe, Mar. 18-20. Women from Mozambique also attended the event cosponsore...
- Exploring the Intersections: Maternal Health & Domestic Violence Webinar
03/15/2013 -- Wednesday, April 03, 2013; 3:00 -4:00 PM Eastern.
- 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.
- 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.
- Minute for Mission: 2013
02/05/2013 -- Share these figures that loosely interpret the value of United Methodist Women¹s mission work with women, children and youth in the United States and in countries around the world.
- Clearly More To Be Done
01/18/2013 -- On this 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, some individuals, organizations and churches are celebrating, while others are protesting. Like many other topics of deep social concern, the church is divided on the issue of abortion.
- 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.
- Ubuntu Journey to Chile
01/03/2013 -- We’ll join with women from the Methodist Women’s Federation in Coronel and Lota, located in the eighth region of Chile, south of Santiago along the coast where Concepcion is the regional capital. Methodist women engaged in community work are excited to sh...
- 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.
- United Methodists Finalists for “Energy Oscars”
12/07/2012 -- California hosts not one but two annual “Oscar” nights, and United Methodist Women were in the spotlight for the 2012 California Interfaith Power & Light Energy Oscar awards ceremony held at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, November 13.
- African American Leaders Fight HIV/AIDS
11/30/2012 -- World AIDS Day is this Saturday, December 1. Sharing stories like McKie’s is one way that we honor the struggles of people who are affected by this epidemic. It also shows the evolving face of the disease.
- Violence in Gaza: What United Methodist Women Supports in Israel-Palestine
11/29/2012 -- We grieve over this and call on United Methodist women to keep the conflict in your prayers and thoughts. United Methodist Women supports many projects in Israel-Palestine.
- New and Improved Resource Center to Come December 17, 2012
11/15/2012 -- United Methodist Women is making changes to better equip members for mission in their communities and around the world. Our mission resource center is moving and expanding to meet your needs.
- 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.
- Reflection on Hate Speech and the Response of United Methodist Women
10/24/2012 -- The founding director of the Women’s Interfaith Institute calls leaders to support the peace initiatives spurred by the #mysubwayad campaign.
- 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.
- Building Peace: United Methodist Women and Democratic Republic of Congo
10/16/2012 -- United Methodist Women leaders encourage the empowerment of women as a pathway to peace - in DRC and around the world.
- 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.
- Faith groups demand Metro donate ‘jihad’ ad profits to charity
10/15/2012 -- Speaking at an Oct. 15 news conference, Sabrina White said the initial ad cuts deeply with its language. “The word ‘savage’ has a painful history in our great nation,’’ she said. “... It is used to distance people from the human race.”
- 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 ...
- United Methodist Women Officially an Agency of The United Methodist Church
10/01/2012 -- United Methodist Women continues in a 140-year tradition of turning faith, hope and love into action on behalf of women, children and youth around the world.
- Perspectives on General Conference: on gcsrw.org
10/01/2012 -- Leanne Nakanishi, California-Pacific Conference United Methodist Women’s president, and general secretary/CEO Harriett Jane Olson are featured in the Sptember/October 2012 edition of The Flyer.
- Program Advisory Group Orientation
09/27/2012 -- United Methodist Women ushered in a new era as members of the board of directors and the newly formed program advisory group gathered at Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville, Tenn.
- 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.
- 10-Fold. 1 Click. Be Counted.
09/24/2012 -- Are you looking for resources to help you make a difference in the world? This October, with a click of your mouse, you can become an advocate for mission! On October 1, 10-Fold returns for a month-long celebration of five exciting projects, each highligh...
- United Methodist Women Hosts Public Forum on Peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
09/24/2012 -- “Raging War, Waging Peace—Achieving Justice in the Democratic Republic of the Congo” was co-sponsored by the General Board of Church and Society’s U.N. and International Affairs Office, Global Policy Forum, Mennonite Central Committee–U.N. Office, Presbyt...
- 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...
- Interview with Tupouseini Kelemeni
09/11/2012 -- Ms. Kelemeni is excited about the future of United Methodist Women. As the first Pacific Islander on the United Methodist Women board, she is aware of her pioneer role saying "there’s a whole race of peoples out there who look to me as their voice."
- Interview with Yvette Richards
09/04/2012 -- Ms. Richards' expresses her passion in this dialogue saying: "United Methodist Women is a difference maker, a leader for women children and youth in making an impact. We need to know how to tell our story, often and everywhere. "
- Hurricane Isaac's Impact on National Mission Institutions
08/31/2012 -- As hurricane Isaac sweeps through the Gulf Coast, it is important to keep our sisters and brothers in our minds, hearts and prayers.
- 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.
- United Methodist Women and the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
08/29/2012 -- Women of faith need to be at the table when reproductive issues are discussed. RCRC is the only faith-based organization addressing reproductive justice.
- United Methodist Women National Policymaking Body Files Joint Brief on Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
08/29/2012 -- United Methodist Women’s national policymaking body and the General Board of Church and Society jointly filed a brief with the Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church Aug. 24 in support of general church agencies’ continued work with the Religious...
- 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...
- United Methodist Women Announces Ubuntu Journeys for 2013
08/28/2012 -- 2013 Ubuntu Journeys will be to Chile in April, South Korea in September and Zimbabwe in October.
- Teen and Young Women Converge for Leadership Event
08/14/2012 -- Roughly 200 United Methodist Women converged at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina to dance, laugh, learn, pray and plan at an event designed for teen girls and young women.
- 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.
- Program Advisory Group Added to Lead United Methodist Women
07/25/2012 -- As United Methodist Women celebrate nominees to their board of directors, they also welcome nominees of the new entity: the Program Advisory Group.
- United Methodist Women Announces 2013-2016 Board of Directors
07/16/2012 -- United Methodist Women's outgoing leadership is offering an enthusiastic welcome of new elected leadership for the 2013-2016 Board of Directors.
- Is This Your Mother's UMW?
07/02/2012 -- On May 1, the 2012 United Methodist General Conference approved legislation to separate UMW and its administrative body, the Women’s Division, from the Board of Global Ministries, to which it had been related for decades.
- 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.
- Is this your mother’s UMW?
06/29/2012 -- United Methodist Women starts a new chapter of its 143-year-old existence as a mission movement for women within The United Methodist Church.
- 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.
- Latina Theologian and Justice-Seeker Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz Dies
05/16/2012 -- Professor Emerita at Drew University, she fought for justice in the context of "Mujerista" liberation theology. Read her obituary and watch a video of her at National Seminar 2011.
- Journey to Becoming an Immigrant Welcoming Congregation
05/14/2012 -- Serving the needs of immigrant communities continues to be necessary but equally crucial is legislative reform to fix the badly broken immigration system. The current context demands justice for immigrants.
- United Methodist Women Blog About the Rights of Indigenous People
05/11/2012 -- In an address to the United Nations Jalisa Ross stated, “My brothers and sisters, though I am speaking on behalf of the church, I am also a victim of this violent crime against humanity, called the Doctrine of Discovery." Ms. Ross is a United Methodist c...
- General Conference Approves New Resolution on Peace in Afghanistan
05/02/2012 -- United Methodist Women proposed the resolution, “Seeking Peace in Afghanistan,” which passed at General Conference with amendments, and calls for The United Methodist Church to support an end to war and seek a process of peace in Afghanistan.
- Q & A with Cathy Capo Stone: Remember the Children Living in Poverty
05/01/2012 -- As adults discuss and make policy for The United Methodist Church, Ms. Cathy Capo Stone, executive director at Cornerstone Family Ministries, reminds us to not forget the impact of church work on inner-city children whom she cares for every day. Cornersto...
- General Conference Approves United Methodist Women Autonomy
05/01/2012 -- By a vote of 889 to 20, General Conference made United Methodist Women an autonomous organization within the United Methodist Church May 1 during its quadrennial meeting Tampa, Fla. The historic vote separates the national policymaking body of women organ...
- United Methodists Celebrate and Commission 40 New Deaconesses, Home Missioners and Missionaries
04/30/2012 -- A firefighter, a nursing supervisor, a counselor for ex-prisoners, an advocate for Haitian artists, an afterschool chess teacher, and a coordinator of relief volunteers – these were among the 17 new deaconesses and home missioners commissioned on Sund...
- United Methodist Women Day
04/28/2012 -- Women organized for mission gathered for sisterhood and rallied for immigrants and an end to private prisons April 28, United Methodist Women Day at General Conference.
- Rally Highlights Private Prison Detention
04/28/2012 -- Coinciding with a rally to end the private prison industry’s increased detention-for-profit policies, United Methodist Women members descended on General Conference to declare Saturday, April 28, 2012 “United Methodist Women Day.”
- “Signs” of Life in Lay Ministries
04/27/2012 -- Mary E. Harris of Conway UMC in Orlando, Angela Liston of Morrison UMC in Leesburg, FL, Michelle Menefee of First UMC in Houston, TX, and Betty Ostrom of Pine Castle UMC in Orlando are laywomen composing the team of ASL interpreters for the 2012 General C...
- The Intersections of United Methodist Women and UMCOR
04/27/2012 -- A United Methodist Women MeetUp on Thursday, April 25 during General Conference highlighted the connectional ministries of United Methodist Women and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).
- The Theology of Glee: A General Conference “Gleetup”
04/26/2012 -- “Glee lifts up spiritual and theological questions, good and bad.” Rev. Becca Clark, clergywoman and a delegate from New England Conference led this MeetUp (one of sevaral to come) of United Methodist Women.
- Rest for the Weary: United Methodist Women and Deaconesses Provide Room for Prayer
04/25/2012 -- A quiet space amid the bustle of General Conference is open to all the weary United Methodist delegates and guests looking for sanctuary and peace.
- Women, Youth, Race Monitoring Agencies Host Joint Pre-GC Briefing
04/24/2012 -- More than 500 people packed a ballroom of the Tampa Convention Center in Florida for a pre-conference briefing for delegates to the 2012 General Conference of the United Methodist Church, April 24.
- Watch General Conference Events Live Online
04/23/2012 -- GC2012.umc.org will live-stream video of all plenary sessions, morning prayer and evening worship services, the Episcopal Address, Laity Address, Young People’s Address, Act of Repentance and other highlights.
- Marva Usher-Kerr: Profile of a General Conference Delegate On the Move
04/22/2012 -- “Are we going to deal with surface issues? Or are we going to deal with racism, classism, ageism? Are we going to deal with poverty?” Marva Usher-Kerr of Women’s Division prays that important mission issues remain in focus.
- 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...
- United Methodist Women in Ministry With Poor at General Conference
04/20/2012 -- United Methodist Women will participate in "Breaking Bread with Tampa," which is serving free lunches to the homeless during General Conference 2012.
- 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.
- Cutting-Edge Ministries and Commissioning of Deaconesses and Home Missioners
04/17/2012 -- These women and men follow Jesus in ministering to those in the "margins of society." You can watch the April 29th service of commissioning online.
- Sending Prayer Mantles to General Conference: on umcnic.org
04/11/2012 -- Northern Illinois Conference web article: In March, United Methodist Women members from across Northern Illinois Conference created prayer mantles for delegates ahead of General Conference in Tampa, Fla., April 24-May 4, 2012.
- Selena Smith, Firefighter, to Be Commissioned a Deaconess at General Conference
04/11/2012 -- She’s young, she’s a firefighter and she’s about to be the first South Carolina woman in years to be commissioned as a United Methodist deaconess during General Conference.
- 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.
- National Mission Institutions Play a Vital Role in the Women’s Division Board Meeting
04/02/2012 -- Not only did the Women’s Division Board of Directors meet for one afternoon at one of the Women’s Division-related 98 national mission institutions, but the directors also approved two new institutions to join the caring connection of United Methodist-rel...
- Profile of a Deaconess: Amanda Mountain
04/02/2012 -- Amanda Mountain was one of 12 deaconesses and one home missioner commissioned at the Women’s Division Assembly in 2010. Ms. Mountain is looking forward to standing with the 15 deaconess and 2 home missioners who will be commissioned during the 2012 Genera...
- At Last Meeting of the Quadrennium, Women’s Division Directors Set Mission Budget, Welcome New Staff
03/21/2012 -- For many directors, the semiannual Women’s Division board of directors meeting in Plano, Texas, would be their last, as they served the maximum of their full two terms of eight years. Yet there was ample time for this configuration of directors to celebra...
- Treasurer's Report: Many Gifts, One Spirit
03/19/2012 -- Treasurer Martha Knight described the impact the Women’s Division board of directors’ budgetary approvals throughout the 2009-2012 quadrennium had on individuals, communities and organizations around the world.
- 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.
- Women’s Division Directors Honored at Quadrennial Celebration
03/19/2012 -- At the semiannual board meeting in Plano, Texas, the Women’s Division honored the present configuration of directors and celebrated the exemplary work they did over the course of the 2009-2012 quadrennium.
- Directors Approve $60,000 Grant for Anti-Domestic-Violence Initiative
03/19/2012 -- The Inelda Z. Gonzalez Initiative on Domestic Violence, in honor of the Women’s Division president during the 2009-2012 quadrennium, will provide funds for resources, trainings, and internships to help bring awareness and action to domestic violence in th...
- Ubuntu Explorers Trip to Sierra Leone
03/09/2012 -- The Sierra Leone community of United Methodist Women is concerned about the needs of women, children and youth that impact life for all in Africa. We invite you to join United Methodist Women on the Ubuntu Journey to Sierra Leone, December 1-14, 201...
- 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.
- Delegates Meet, Apply Gender Justice Lens to General Conference Legislation
02/24/2012 -- Eighty delegates to the General Conference of the United Methodist Church attended a briefing critically analyzing the impact of proposed legislation on women in advance of the quadrennial policy-making event.
- 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.
- World Day of Prayer: Creating a World of Justice and Community
02/21/2012 -- The World Day of Prayer service on March 2, 2012, will be guided by women of Malaysia who have prepared and provided the worship, titled “Let Justice Prevail.”
- Proposed Restructure of United Methodist Women
02/15/2012 -- United Methodist Women and Global Ministries are bringing legislation to General Conference 2012 that will implement a comprehensive plan to restructure United Methodist Women. The 140-year movement of women organizing for mission looks forward to ano...
- Alternate Game Plan for Super Bowl
02/03/2012 -- Before it was ever determined that the New York Giants would be facing the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl this weekend, members of United Methodist Women had decided on their game plan.
- 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.
- How to Make a Bible Study Video
01/10/2012 -- You can make your own Bible study video! It’s easier than you might think. Anyone with a video camera, digital camera, flip camera or smartphone, some basic editing equipment and a little creativity can make a video.
- Not Without Hope: Healed and Free
01/06/2012 -- All she wanted was a good paying job. Instead, Anna (not her real name), from Yerevan, Armenia, ended up working for her captors and enduring a traumatic five-month ordeal of forced prostitution in Dubai.
- United Methodists in Nepal Host Women and Youth Event
01/03/2012 -- The Lord has been so faithful and wonderful. I’d like to thank United Methodist Women very much for your prayers and financial support. Without your willingness to assist and trust in us, our two events would have never been possible. Finally we could suc...
- West Covina United Methodist Women Publishes Feeding the Flock: United Methodist Women Cookbook
01/03/2012 -- This year, the United Methodist Women of West Covina United Methodist Church in West Covina, Calif., collected recipes from congregation members, family and friends and put them together in a cookbook titled Feeding the Flock. Funds raised from the sal...
- A New Unit Is Born at Christ Church in Cabot, Ark.
01/03/2012 -- My local church home is Christ Church in Cabot, Ark. Started as a new church plant nearly six years ago, it had not yet started a United Methodist Women unit. As a newly commissioned deaconess, I felt it was important to give back to the organization t...
- 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...
- In Recognition of Sonia Pierre
12/12/2011 -- United Methodist Women recognizes the life of Sonia Pierre, who was dedicated to fighting against injustice toward Haitians in the Dominican Republic.
- 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.
- United Methodist Delegation to Attend Migrant Rights Convention in Geneva, Switzerland
11/17/2011 -- A General Board of Global Ministries delegation will attend the People’s Global Action on Migration, Development and Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland, November 28–December 2, 2011.
- 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.
- Trafficking Survivor Rediscovers a World of Beauty
11/10/2011 -- Mariam* was just 15 years old when her parents married her to a man 20 years her senior. She worked day and night, a servant to her husband’s extended family, and was not allowed to sleep until her husband came home. He was connected to a world of crime a...
- 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.
- The Things That Make for Peace
11/04/2011 -- United Methodist Women Host Panel Discussion on Enabling Reconciliation of Communities and Individuals
- United Methodist Women Receives Immigrant Rights Award
11/04/2011 -- United Methodist Women was honored for its immigrant rights work by the National Network for Immigrant & Refugee Rights (NNIRR), calling United Methodist Women "partners in advancing rights and justice at home and abroad."
- Isabella Thoburn College Celebrates 125 Years
11/01/2011 -- Ubuntu eXplorers to India are celebrating with Isabella Thoburn College as it marks 125 years educating women.
- 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...
- Wesley Community Center: Fundraiser Announcement
10/17/2011 -- On November 3, 2011 Wesley Community Center of Houston will honor “The Pillars of Wesley Community Center” at its annual Spirit Of Helping luncheon. This is a primary fund raising event for the center and is vital to the support of its ongoing programs.
- 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.
- Women's Division Board Meeting Wrapup
10/11/2011 -- The Women’s Division board of directors approved the 2012 budget, received the criteria and application form for incoming national mission institutions that will be used to approve new partnerships, and approved a plan for a consultation with Native Ameri...
- 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...
- United Methodist Women News: Volume 4, Number 3 (PDF)
10/06/2011 -- Fall 2011 articles include: Others See Your Good Works and Give Glory to God, Joanna Girls: A Teen United Methodist Women Circle in Tennessee, Start Small and Grow, Deaconess Applicants Rally in Times Square for Fair Trade, United Methodist Women Sunday ...
- 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.”
- Pledge Service: Finding, Giving and Living Peace (PDF)
09/27/2011 -- United Methodist Women’s Pledge Service explains the connection between giving and mission and provides a space for women to pledge their gifts for the upcoming year.
- Budget 2011: Faith, Hope and Love in Action
09/26/2011 -- God’s mission is for everyone. When we respond to God’s grace in love we are transformed and motivated to become mission-bearers in God’s world. United Methodist Women have been fulfilling God’s mission for the past 140 years. Everything we do is in keepi...
- United Methodist Women's Sunday: Sample Order of Service
09/22/2011 -- United Methodist Women's Sunday can be celebrated any Sunday of the year. This resource -as with any United Methodist Women/Women's Division resource - can be adapted to suit your local organization's needs.
- Give Us This Day Our Daily Will to Build Peace:
A Reflection for September 21, International Day of Peace
09/21/2011 -- Mentored in peace by God can be an awesome task. I was fascinated by a rabbinic interpretation of this verse. Playing on the original Hebrew word for children, banayik, the Babylonian Talmud says, “Read not banayik (your children) but bonayik (your builde...
- Reflections of My Travels With Women's Division to Japan for the Ceremony of the 66th Anniversary of the Bombing of Hiroshima
09/21/2011 -- My 11-day trip to the other side of the world was an amazing time, from staying with my incredibly loving and hospitable host family, to having a giant sleepover at Jogakuin University with 40 of the nicest girls I’ve ever met, to attending the incredible...
- Remarks by President Obama in Address to the United Nations General Assembly
09/21/2011 -- "Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen: It is a great honor for me to be here today. I would like to talk to you about a subject that is at the heart of the United Nations -- the pursuit of peace in an imperfect worl...
- United Methodist Church Follows Jesus' Lead: Immigration Task Force Moves Ministry to the Borders
09/20/2011 -- "Jesus learned new things when he went to the border," said Rev. Edgar Avitia, who led the worship in Florida for US-based missionaries of The United Methodist Church.
- Religion Communicators Call for Civil Discourse About 9/11
09/01/2011 -- The Religion Communicators Council urged journalists and bloggers to "pursue accuracy, respect and understanding of people of all faiths and faith communities." The statement is in a resolution adopted Aug. 7, 2011 in Philadelphia by the board of governor...
- 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.
- Korean Women Make Pilgrimage of Thanks to Cleveland for Gift of School
08/17/2011 -- 125 years ago, Lucinda Baldwin contributed $88 to start a school for girls in Korea. With that donation Mary Scranton founded Ewha Haktang-Pear Blossom School-now a top school for women in Asia.
- National Seminar, From a Participant's View
08/17/2011 -- Sophia Agtarap blogged from National Seminar 2011 on reconciliation.
- Ubuntu Explorer Journeys: Sierra Leone 2011
08/15/2011 -- Join United Methodist Women in Sierra Leone to affirm the vital role of women in the United Methodist Church today and to engage with these sisters in worship, workshops, mission outreach and fellowship at their annual meeting.
- United Methodist Women Prepares for National Seminar on Social Justice
08/08/2011 -- Women from across the U.S. will study and act on justice issues at the seminar, “Mission: Reconciliation,” Aug. 13-17 in Birmingham, AL. Bible studies led by Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz will be livestreamed every morning at 8 a.m. EST starting Aug. 14!
- 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 ...
- 2011 Global Justice Volunteers Africa Program
07/25/2011 -- From July 3 to July 11, 2011, young people from across Africa gathered together in Nairobi, Kenya, to prepare for their eight-week term as Global Justice Volunteers (GJV).
- 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."
- IFJ and WACC to Develop Learning Resource Kit for Gender-Ethical Journalism
07/12/2011 -- The International Federation of Journalists and the World Association for Christian Communication have launched a project to promote fair gender portrayal within media houses and the journalistic profession.
- Celebrating Mission Giving for 2010
07/05/2011 -- This year we celebrate the mission gifts of United Methodist Women members with some new perspective. Despite economic challenges United Methodist Women continue to be some of the most dedicated givers in the country.
- Never Too Late: Mission at Any Age
07/05/2011 -- Thanks to encouragement from Mildred Gum, Jeannie learned that United Methodist Women are any and every age. Turns out we're "a wonderful group of women."
- Voices: A Transformative Leadership Event
06/23/2011 -- Las participantes en el evento—coordinadores de idiomas y presidentas conferénciales—vinieron de 34 conferencias a través de los Estados Unidos. Entre las presentes se identificaron 10 idiomas, incluyendo inglés.
- Dames in Action
06/23/2011 -- One of the most formative experiences of my faith journey was my participation in Dames in Action, my church’s teen circle of United Methodist Women.
- Glitter, Glue and Barbecue
06/23/2011 -- Hints of glitter can still be found months after Pikeville United Methodist Women’s “Bazaar That Reaches Far,” a fundraising bazaar for missions held at Pikeville United Methodist Church in Pikeville, Tenn.
- Rosa Valdez Early Childhood Learning Center
06/23/2011 -- A Mission Giving supported Christian preschool providing developmentally appropriate child care and early school readiness in conjunction with family support services.
- 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.
- Grace Children's Hospital Providing Health and Hope in Haiti
06/10/2011 -- How one hospital in Haiti survived and thrived since last year's earthquake destroyed other hospitals in the area.
- Farming Uphill in Haiti
06/10/2011 -- For the better part of two centuries, since Haiti gained independence from France in 1804, the indescribably resilient people of rural Haiti have been forced to farm uphill, both literally and figuratively.
- Ecotourism: A Way Forward in Haiti?
06/09/2011 -- Can ecotourism provide a path to sustainable development in Haiti?
- Poverty in the Midst of American Prosperity
06/02/2011 -- Impoverished Americans in cities and in the country continue to struggle to understand one another, yet the federal government makes no distinction when accessing who is impoverished. With the richest 10 percent of Americans holding two-thirds of the coun...
- Haitian Methodist Women and Men Making a Difference
06/02/2011 -- Local Haitians are the unsung heroines and heroes of the earthquake recovery story. Here are portraits of a few Haitians, Methodist sisters and brothers, who in the words of LeGrace Benson, “have been rehearsing and performing this theater since that firs...
- 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.
- Environmental Justice: Just Words, or Haiti's Key to Capacity?
05/27/2011 -- The 2010 earthquake in Haiti presented humanitarian workers with one of their most complex and difficult emergencies. The response to immediate needs must be accomplished with an eye toward fair and just long-term development. Capacity building must outwe...
- 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 ...
- 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.
- The Day My World Was Turned Upside Down
05/06/2011 -- An update on the recent tornado that devastated Alabama and other parts of the South, from Women's Division director Lynn Hamric.
- 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.
- Survivors of Human Trafficking: Not Without Hope
05/02/2011 -- In Armenia, in an ambience of trust and encouragement, residents re-learn the meaning of hope after seemingly endless years of sexual servithude and forced labor.
- This Mother’s Day, Say No to Dirty Gold
04/29/2011 -- Be ethical consumers this Mother’s Day.
- 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.
- The Gift of Good Friday
04/22/2011 -- Isaiah foretold of God's plan to fix it all. God would have to take on our iniquity. To do so, God had to become a human being who could experience physical death.
- Challenge State Anti-immigration Laws
04/19/2011 -- Arizona's introduction of anti-immigrant law State Bill 1070 in April 2010 has caused a great stir. The law has come to symbolize both the anger toward new immigrants and states' frustration that Congress has not acted to fix the nation's broken immigrati...
- 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...
- Visit Migrants in Detention in Your Community
04/19/2011 -- United Methodist Women partners with the Detention Watch Network (DWN) to resource local involvement in detention visitation. DWN has created a network of groups visiting detention centers and a manual for starting an ecumenical program. They are re...
- 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.
- Organize a Public Witness for Immigrant Rights
04/19/2011 -- United Methodist Women members have a long history of public witness for social justice. Recently, United Methodist Women members have been mobilizing to speak out publicly for immigrant rights across the country.
- Create a Conference United Methodist Women Immigration Team
04/19/2011 -- United Methodist Women in the Desert Southwest Conference has created a team to work on immigrant rights. They work on the United Methodist Women Immigrant/Civil Rights Initiative, which is one of United Methodist Women's four key social justi...
- The Freedom of Humbleness
04/17/2011 -- Jesus came to Jerusalem some 2000 years ago, humble, and mounted on a donkey, with a colt, the foal of a donkey (beast of burden). Luke tells us Jesus wept "as he came near and saw the city" because they "did not recognize the time of [their] visitation f...
- Women’s Division Proposes Becoming “Structurally Separate, Missionally Connected” to Global Ministries
04/10/2011 -- The Women’s Division board voted to become structurally separate from the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) while remaining “missionally connected” in staff configuration and by board directors at its recent meeting, April 7-11 in Stamford, Conn.
- Set apart, lay people vow a life of service
04/08/2011 -- On April 7 10 deaconess candidates, along with one home missioner, were commissioned in the chapel of the Interchurch Center as part of the spring meeting of United Methodist Women.
- Responsively Yours: A Ministry of Reconciliation - Korean
04/01/2011 -- The 2011 spiritual growth study will provide us with a setting to focus how we might appropriate some of the tools of reconciliation.
- Church Agencies Battle Human Trafficking
03/31/2011 -- When Maria, an Armenian citizen, ended up in Dubai, she resisted attempts by her traffickers to force her into prostitution.
- We Are All God's Children
03/29/2011 -- Just as God provided daily manna and water for the Israelites wandering in the desert, Christ provides the source of our daily spiritual water.
- Mission Center in Tokyo Housing Evacuees
03/25/2011 -- The Wesley Center, a Tokyo mission facility related to United Methodist Women, provided short-term housing for evacuees from the hardest hit earthquake and tsunami zones in Japan.
- Finding Refuge, Hope, Healing: Offering Sanctuary from Abuse
03/22/2011 -- "We want domestic violence eliminated. No more," said Julie Taylor, coordinator of child and family advocacy for the Women's Division.
- New Study Verifies Mercury In Flu Shots Is Toxic
03/22/2011 -- This latest study is the sixth published in recent months proving the connection between the mercury in medicine and human illnesses. The report specifically examines the harm inflicted on developing fetuses and children by Thimerosal, a mercury-based co...
- Finding Refuge, Hope and Healing from Abuse
03/21/2011 -- Some victims of domestic violence are finding places of hope and healing in The United Methodist Church.
- United Methodist Women Reach out to Japan
03/20/2011 -- United Methodist Women are praying for the Japanese people and for all of the missionaries and mission institutions in the country that was hit by earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown on March 11.
- Mission Agency in Prayer for Japan, Mission Personnel and Volunteers Safe
03/14/2011 -- The United Methodist Church's mission agency expressed deep concern for the people of Japan and its own personnel and partners in that country in the wake of the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
- Believe Out Loud
02/28/2011 -- We affirm our belief in the inestimable worth of each individual because we are human beings created by God and loved through and by Jesus Christ, and we affirm all persons as equally valuable in the sight of God.
- Support the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Enforcing the Clean Air Act
02/28/2011 -- In the absence of any national legislation to cut the emission of greenhouse gases, which greatly contribute to dangerous levels of climate change, the only tool we have at hand to begin to do this is the Clean Air Act. It is vital that we allow the EPA t...
- 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...
- Women Share Their Stories at UN event
02/24/2011 -- 26-year-old Taurai Sandra Chinyerere is among the women sharing stories, advice and solidarity during the Feb. 22–March 4 meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations. The United Methodist Women’s 20-member ecumenical delegation ...
- The Faces of the Girls of the Commission on the Status of Women
02/19/2011 -- As I read the report of the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the commission, many faces of women and girls came to my mind.
- A Friend in Mission is a Friend Indeed
02/16/2011 -- A UMNS Commentary: United Methodist Women members and other members of The United Methodist Church will be responding to the gospel call to service through the Change the World Weekend on May 14-15. We recognize that mission is not only about contribution...
- A Happy Valentine's Day for All
02/13/2011 -- This Valentine's Day, consider the real price of your flowers and chocolate and buy fair trade.
- Amanda Berry Smith
02/13/2011 -- Amanda Berry Smith was born a slave in 1837 and became a world famous Methodist evangelist who helped expand the acceptance of the role of women in both the Methodist Episcopal Church and the African Methodist Episcopal church.
- Escuchemos y dialoguemos guiados por el Espíritu Santo y el mensaje de Dios
02/01/2011 -- A fines del año 2010, alguien escribió en su red de comunicación social que deseaba que la Iglesia Metodista desapareciera. Esto fue en respuesta a un cartel que apoyaba la ley DREAM (Sueño) en el Edificio Metodista de la ciudad de Washington, DC. Quizás ...
- David and Margaret Youth and Family Services: Here's to Another 100 Years!
02/01/2011 -- David and Margaret Youth and Family Services, located in La Verne, California, has been meeting the needs of at-risk children, youth, and families since 1910.
- Tacoma Community House: An Evolving Ministry
02/01/2011 -- Throughout 2010, Tacoma Community House (TCH)—long supported by United Methodist Women—celebrated 100 years of ministry as a national mission institution of The United Methodist Church.
- Ending Human Trafficking, One Life at a Time
01/28/2011 -- Alisa* fell prey to a human trafficker in her hometown in Armenia. She was just 20 years old and the single mother of a nine-month-old baby. The trafficker forced Alisa into prostitution by threatening to kidnap her young child if she did not do as he sai...
- Ubuntu Explorer Journeys: Brazil 2011
01/24/2011 -- Join the Methodist Women in Brazil to create a life free of violence for women, children and youth. The Ubuntu Journey will visit the cities of São Paulo (São Paulo, in the southeast of Brazil) and Fortaleza (Ceará, in the northeast of Brazil) during the ...
- International Climate Change Negotiations Update
01/24/2011 -- Governmental delegation and nongovernmental organization expectations were rather low going into Cancun, unlike the hopes for the previous Conference of the Parties (COP) negotiations in Copenhagen, Denmark, which ended on a disappointing and divisive not...
- United Methodist Women Launches Web Campaign for Human Trafficking Awareness Day
01/10/2011 -- On January 11, 2011, Human Trafficking Awareness Day, the United Methodist Women homepage will feature an interactive, informational slideshow dedicated to raising awareness of human trafficking and ways to combat it.
- Susannah Wesley Community Center Plays Key Role in Human Trafficking Case
01/07/2011 -- The biggest human trafficking case in U.S. history is currently in federal court in Honolulu, Hawaii. A United Methodist Women–affiliated mission, the Susannah Wesley Community Center played a major role in helping the victims.
- Using Your Consumer Power to Eradicate Human Trafficking
01/07/2011 -- The Supply Chain Transparency Act (SB 657) was signed into law September 30, 2010, in California, requiring large retailers and manufacturers in California to report publicly their steps (or lack thereof) to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from th...
- Sally Ernst, former president of Women’s Division, Dies
01/07/2011 -- On January 4, 2011, the United Methodist Women lost sister and leader Eleanor “Sally” Ernst, former president of the Women’s Division.
- Mobilize Your Church and Community
01/04/2011 -- Actions you can take to help raise awareness in your church.
- Tools for Domestic Violence Awareness
01/04/2011 -- Links, resources and phone numbers to fight Domestic Violence
- Free Webinars on Faith and Domestic Violence
01/04/2011 -- United Methodist Women is offering a series of free webinars on Wednesdays from February 16 to March 2, 2011. Topics cover how people of faith, churches and clergy can help stop domestic violence and help victims.
- Get "I Believe You" On the Air Again
01/03/2011 -- Call your local NBC affiliate and make sure the documentary airs often and during prime time viewing hours.
- En Búsqueda de un Lugar Seguro para Confrontar la Adicción
01/01/2011 -- En nuestras familias, escuelas, iglesias y vecindarios, las Mujeres Metodistas Unidas responden diariamente a situaciones causadas por la adicción por medio de nuestras instituciones misionales a nivel nacional y nuestros programas de alcance a nivel inte...
- 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.
- Who Is My Neighbor?
12/13/2010 -- This is the question that Baltimore-Washington Conference United Methodist Women will be exploring over the next three days during their seminar with the United Methodist Seminar Program.
- The Domestic Violence Initiative of United Methodist Women
12/13/2010 -- United Methodist Women and United Methodist Men have partnered to launch a domestic violence initiative to raise awareness and provide training in United Methodist congregations.
- Intercept Human Trafficking
12/07/2010 -- Super Bowl XLV will be held Sunday February 6, 2011, in Dallas, Texas. While the country celebrates this unofficial holiday, United Methodist Women and Mosaic Family Services in North Texas will be working to combat human trafficking.
- 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’s Division Consents to Sibley Hospital Affiliation
11/12/2010 -- The Women's Division Board of Directors voted to approve the affiliation of Sibley Memorial Hospital with Johns Hopkins Health Services, effective November 1.
- Do You Know Where You're Going?
11/11/2010 -- The National Association of Deaconesses and Missionaries (NADAM) is gathering Nov. 11–14 in Lake Junaluska, NC, for Convocation, a gathering of community members.
- Citizens of the World Advocate for Women, Peace, and Security at the CCUN
11/01/2010 -- This week, to celebrate ten years since UNSCR 1325's passage, hundreds of global citizens gathered with United Methodist Women at the Church Center for the United Nations (CCUN) to strategize on new and creative ways to hold governments accountable for th...
- 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).
- A Place to Call Home
11/01/2010 -- Mary Elizabeth Inn offers once homeless women in San Francisco safety, support and the stability of house keys.
- Beyond City Limits
11/01/2010 -- Changing demographics call for needs-based services in metropolitan areas not just within city limits.
- 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.
- United Methodist Women Honored at UMAC
10/27/2010 -- United Methodist Women received awards at the annual meeting of the United Methodist Association of Communicators.
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