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- 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 ...
- World AIDS Day 2013
11/26/2013 -- United Methodist Women observe World AIDS Day, Dec. 1. This year's global theme is "Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation.”
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- Stories of Peacemakers: Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Mozambique
09/20/2013 -- Early this year United Methodist women from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Mozambique gathered at Africa University (AU) in Zimbabwe to explore their roles as women peace builders. The event was co-sponsored by United Methodist Women and the...
- Palate for Peace: Palestinian Women
09/19/2013 -- Palestinian women make up almost 50% of Palestinian population (1.03 men/woman). Palestinian women make up 53.1% of secondary and 54.4% of tertiary education. But female employment does not correlate with the educational achievements of women. Especially ...
- Stories of Peacemakers: Japan
09/18/2013 -- While attending the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations through United Methodist Women, Dr. Renee Campbell, the Executive Director of Wesley House Community Services in Louisville, KY learned from international delegate Suzuyo Takazato...
- Stories of Peacemakers: Southern States of the U.S.
09/17/2013 -- Publix, a large supermarket in the Southern States of the U.S., is being pressured by UMW and other coalitional partners for better conditions for farm workers. Over 60 United Methodist Women from the Florida conference joined CIW members and allies in a ...
- Stories of Peacemakers: Haiti
09/16/2013 -- There is a growing social movement that demands the respect of children’s rights in Haiti, which includes a focus on stopping the practice of enslaving children (restavec), as reported by Beyond Borders, an organization working to develop child protection...
- Stories of Peacemakers: Hong Kong, SAR, P.R. of China
09/15/2013 -- Mission For Migrant Workers Ltd. (MFMW) in Hong Kong, SAR, P.R. of China, works with Indonesian and Philippine Foreign Domestic Workers, a group of nearly 300,000 women who migrate to Hong Kong for work to support families still at home. One main program ...
- Stories of Peacemakers: Palestine
09/14/2013 -- Grassroots International uses United Methodist Women Mission Giving funds for leadership and economic development of Palestinian women. According to their Giving Coordinator, “Food is one of the key weapons being used to subjugate the Palestinian people;...
- Stories of Peacemakers: Korea
09/13/2013 -- The world around us beats with not only the stories of tragic violence that seem to be daily escalating, but real Love; Love in-breaking a violent world directly from the heart of God. United Methodist Women are daily stepping up to the plate to be the ...
- Things that Make for Peace: Addressing Child Poverty
09/12/2013 -- Women constitute nearly two-thirds of all minimum wage workers, as primary breadwinners or co-breadwinners. As our children and teachers start a new academic school year, Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund, tells the story of ...
- Towards the International Day of Peace and Beyond
09/11/2013 -- I invite you to imagine with me! How does peace look like? What are the things that make for peace?
- Peace as a Communal House that We Build Together
09/11/2013 -- As we observe the 12th Anniversary of 9/11, let us pray for healing for all those traumatized by memories of violence. Let us commit ourselves to recognizing things of peace and working for justice.
- “I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me”
04/29/2013 -- This reflection is from the World Day of Prayer Worship Service in the Republic of Ireland inspired by Matthew 25: 31-46.
- On Mother’s Day, Stand with Mothers in Africa
04/12/2013 -- Encourage your local church congregations to participate in Imagine No Malaria’s alternative giving campaign supporting women’s health and the health of their families.
- I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me
03/14/2013 -- The first Friday of March is, for many women around the world, a special day of prayer. It is, in fact, the World Day of Prayer (WDP). “I was a stranger and you welcomed me” is the celebratory theme of this year’s service prepared by the WDP Committee in ...
- Revisiting the Rev. King’s Call to Action in His “Beyond Vietnam” Speech
01/15/2013 -- Reflecting on passages from his “Beyond Vietnam” speech reveals Dr. King’s words as enduringly prophetic and persistent.
- Intercept the Traffickers
12/10/2012 -- Help intercept the traffickers at this year's Super Bowl, on February 3, 2013.
- How To Submit Human Trafficking Photos to UMWOnline.net
12/10/2012 -- Submit photos to UMWOnline.net for Intercept the Traffickers Campaign with or without a computer by February 3, 2013.
- 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.
- A Gift for Life in Rwanda
12/01/2012 -- Since 2005 Rwanda Gift for Life has responded to the hardships and trauma rape survivors continue to face even as they struggle to care for their families while living with HIV.
- 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.
- A Circle of Thanksgiving
11/01/2012 -- What does the national Thanksgving holiday mean for Native American peoples?
- Celebrating and Pushing for Women’s Equality and Leadership
08/22/2012 -- On August 26, we have the opportunity to celebrate Women’s Equality Day. While we can applaud the strides women have made, we still have a ways to go.
- Observations around International Women’s Day 2012
03/08/2012 -- On March 8, 2012, International Women’s Day and Purim occurred in the middle of a firestorm ignited by the names a talk show pundit used to characterize Sandra Fluke, a 30 year old (Methodist) law student at Georgetown University who testified in support ...
- 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.”
- 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.
- Judges 19
01/10/2012 -- A bible study on Judges 19 for Human Trafficking Awareness Day, January 11.
- 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.
- 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...
- October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
10/05/2011 -- The month of October began as and continues to be a time for people to come together to remember those who have died, support those who have survived and bring together those working in the field of domestic violence.
- Human Trafficking: A Resource for Preventing, Protecting, Prosecuting (PDF)
09/30/2011 -- Join United Methodist Women in the global movement to end the complex web of sexual slavery, prostitution and labor bondage.
- 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...
- British Methodist Church Leaders Call for Political Progress 10 Years Since 9/11
09/08/2011 -- A decade on from the 9/11 attacks British Church leaders are calling for the Government to examine its use of military force in response to violent extremism.
- Responsively Yours: Lessons from 9/11
09/01/2011 -- How does what we believe to be true affect what we can actually see taking place?
- Cordialmente Suya: Lo que aprendimos el 11 de septiembre
09/01/2011 -- ¿Sabía usted que el testimonio de testigos oculares es el que menos se utiliza como evidencia confiable? No sólo es porque quizás los seres humanos no estén diciendo la verdad, sino también porque “vemos lo que creemos”.
- Responsively Yours: Lessons from 9/11: Korean
09/01/2011 -- ...In an intrafaith conversation in May, I learned that American Muslims see a cataclysm affecting them personally — an act for which they had no responsibility and over which they had no control, but which would shape their lives and the lives of their c...
- 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...
- Being in Struggle to be Human in Daily Life: A Reflection on 9/11
09/01/2011 -- Someone once said that we are what we remember. Our memories of 9/11 testify to the influence of those who lost their life and those who survived the calamitous disaster on our personal and national life.
- Right Relationships: Video and Study Guide
09/01/2011 -- The tragic events of September 11th traumatized the entire world. In its wake, interfaith dialogue was overshadowed by discrimination, media sensationalism, and a loss of respect for people of different faiths. The Christian community must help re-open th...
- Same Difference: Video
09/01/2011 -- An edited sample of the Same Difference documentary that explores interfaith issues.
- An Interfaith Dialogue Model in Atlanta, Georgia
09/01/2011 -- In the United States I discovered that Christians knew little about other faiths and considered it unnecessary to learn because Christ’s way was sufficient. As a graduate and then a college professor and a church member, I developed a deep yearning to sha...
- 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.
- Peaceful Remembrance of September 11, 2001: Forty Days of Prayer for Children
08/01/2011 -- Walk this journey with children who have no remembrance of September 11, 2001, but who will see images and hear stories of the devastating loss of that day in the weeks leading up to the 10th Anniversary. We may not be able to answer all of their question...
- Waging Peace with Prayer and Action
06/13/2011 -- During the summer months of Schools of Christian Mission until International Day of Peace on September 21, 2011, you are invited to participate in Prayers and Actions for Peace as an expression of reconciliation.
- An Intergenerational Mother's Day
05/06/2011 -- My purpose as a mother was reaffirmed realizing the gifts of life and love my mother had given to me.
- Wage Peace for Mother’s Day
05/06/2011 -- President Barack Obama’s announcement on Sunday that a U.S. Navy Seal team had killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan begs the question: Could this be a time for all persons of goodwill to undertake the hard work of waging peace?
- This Mother’s Day, Say No to Dirty Gold
04/29/2011 -- Be ethical consumers this Mother’s Day.
- Honoring God's Creation
04/20/2011 -- There are many ways you can honor the sacredness of Creation. You may already have plans for your UMW unit and congregation. If you do not, here are some ideas.
- 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...
- ¿Cuántos Panes Tienen? El Día Mundial de Oración
03/03/2011 -- ¿Cuántos panes tienen? El Señor le pregunta al pueblo cristiano chileno, a las mujeres chilenas ¿Cuántos panes tienen?
- Diana Eck & Kathryn Lohre: Common Ground in the Midst of Differences VIDEO
02/16/2011 -- In an interview from her time as associate director at The Pluralism Project, Harvard University, Kathryn Lohre, now Director for Ecumenical and Inter-religious Relations at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and Pluralism Project Director Diana ...
- Mary Mcleod Bethune
02/15/2011 -- Mary Mcleod Bethune was the 15th daughter of former slaves from South Carolina who became a civil rights leader, educator, and presidential advisor.
- 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.
- 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...
- 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.
- Human Trafficking Fact Sheet
01/10/2011 -- Answers to your frequently asked questions about human trafficking.
- Not in My Neighborhood
01/10/2011 -- “Not in My Neighborhood” is designed for use in a group retreat or information session about human trafficking. It includes a facilitator’s guide, a PowerPoint presentation and a Bible study.
- Not in My Neighborhood!
01/10/2011 -- This text is designed to be used for a group retreat, accompanied by the “Not in My Neighborhood” PowerPoint presentation.
- Human Trafficking Awareness and Action: A Bible Study
01/07/2011 -- The story of the woman from Bethlehem (Judges 19:1-30) is a call for an investigation into the trafficking of the vulnerable.
- 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...
- 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.
- Treating HIV, AIDS and Stigma
11/30/2010 -- Around the world, HIV and AIDS still ravage lives and communities, and the discrimination that comes with the disease can be worse than the illness.
- This Thanksgiving, Help End Violence Against Women
11/23/2010 -- Be thankful for your blessings this Thanksgiving: Take action to end violence against women.
- Immigrant/Civil Rights Initiative
10/22/2010 -- The United Methodist Women's immigrant and civil rights initiative draws on our biblical understandings that all God's children are valued and welcome at the table, and where Jesus' commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves becomes reality.
- International Day of Peace Event
09/20/2010 -- On the International Day of Peace, September 21, at 2:00 p.m., the Tillman Chapel at the Church Center for the United Nations will be the place of fusion and fission. We come together, we find one another and we inspire one another to be bolder peacemaker...
- Give Us This Day Our Daily Peace
09/20/2010 -- September 21 is the International Day of Peace, a day to recall the words of Bishop Bromley Oxnam, a leader in the peace movement: “Peace like bread must be made daily.” It is a day to work for peace collectively.
- The Hypocenter as Peacemaking
09/15/2010 -- On September 21, 2010, the International Day of Peace will be observed at the Church Center for the United Nation’s Chapel, with an event entitled “The hypocenter as peacemaking.”
- For the Living of These Days
09/09/2010 -- This September is the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy. We still have not gotten over the raw woundedness of the painful tragedy inflicted on our nation.
- Marchers Speak Out on Immigrant Rights
05/02/2010 -- Quotes from marchers at Saturday's Immigrant, Civil and Human Rights March in St. Louis.
- Concern for Immigrants Spans 100 Years and More
05/01/2010 -- United Methodist Women's work with immigrants is part of its history, spanning decades of work for civil and human rights.
- 6 Things You Can Do This Earth Day
04/17/2010 -- Celebrate the Earth on Earth Day's 40th Anniversary, April 22
- On International Women’s Day, United Methodist Women Assesses Setbacks for Women’s Rights, Affirms Commitments
03/15/2010 -- On International Women’s Day, March 8, United Methodist Women joins thousands of women around the world to affirm our commitment to gender equality for women.
- World Day of Prayer 2010 on Cameroon
03/09/2010 -- Cameroon, the focus for the 2010 World Day of Prayer, is where United Methodist Women has international efforts for women’s leadership development and training.
- Dear John
01/11/2010 -- On Human Trafficking Awareness Day, we encourage all to send in your own Dear John letter to your local areas to serve notice that the users of the services drive the industry.
- Season for Green Thinking
11/24/2009 -- This Thanksgiving, a Green Team member of United Methodist Women, Dorothy Scott Fielder, reflects how advocating for climate change justice is another way of practicing gratitude.
- A Speech on the Subway
10/22/2009 -- A reflection on an experience on the New York subway and the United Nation’s new agency for women, celebrating United Nations Day, Oct. 24.
- Is Peace Newsworthy?
09/15/2009 -- Monitoring peace in news is one way to be fully present to the need for peace in our midst, and the forces that work against it.
- World Day of Prayer
03/04/2009 -- The World Day of Prayer celebrates the communion of Christian women through prayer and service.
- Human Trafficking Awareness Day 2009: Have You Seen My Daughter?
01/16/2009 -- This is a hauntingly powerful story of a woman from Bethlehem. She was a concubine.
- Much Overcome, Much To Do
01/14/2009 -- An African American will be inaugurated as president of the United States of America the day after our national holiday for a champion of the Gospel call to racial and social justice, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We’ve overcome much! We’ve much to ...
- October 24: United Nations Day
10/21/2008 -- A reflection on God’s call for justice and the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
- Managing the Past in this Human Place: A Meditation for the Anniversary of September 11, 2001
09/10/2008 -- Some events are tied to places. September 11, 2001 is one such event. Some names are tied to places. One such name in the gospel is Mary Magdalene. Mary Magdalene comes to my mind, when I seek to manage the past in relation to September 11, 2001.
- Gleaning Women in God’s Harvest of Plenty
09/09/2008 -- Use this guided meditation on Thanksgiving Day, or other times in the year, as a way to examine the work of God in your life and the lives of migrant workers in the United States and around the world.
- Peace Media Monitoring: Sept. 22
09/08/2008 -- Sep. 02, 2008: Women are invited to participate in peace media monitoring this month in conjunction with the International Day of Peace. Sept. 21 marks the celebration of the International Day of Peace.
- Are We Closer to Peace Today?
09/08/2008 -- United Methodist Women has carried out a prayer campaign since the 2003 Lenten Season, the start of the Iraq War. Now, we call on the whole church to keep the faith and continue actions of prayer for peace.
- Being Repurposed by Grace: A 9/11 Anniversary Reflection
09/02/2008 -- Sep. 02, 2008: During this 7th anniversary of grief observed, it may be helpful to recall a medieval story of the grail. Written in the 12th century, the story is about a quest for the legendary grail, the cup used by Christ at the Last Supper.
- King’s Gospel Message: Love Your Enemies
01/17/2008 -- “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of God in heaven. … Be perfect, therefore, as God is perfect.” (Mat...
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