Former Women’s Division Director Twick Morrison Dies
By YVETTE MOORE*
Prominent United Methodist Women leader and former Women’s Division director Twick Morrison died Feb. 7 in her home in Vicksburg, Miss., surrounded by her family.
Ms. Morrison was a director of the Women’s Division from 1988-1996, serving from 1992-1996 as vice president and chair of its Mission and Membership Development section, now known as Membership and Organizational Development. She served as president of Mississippi Conference United Methodist Women from 1979-1982. She was known nationally for her creative and engaging skills as a frequent study leader in United Methodist Women Schools of Christian Mission attended by more than 25,000 people annually in venues around the country. Ms. Morrison also served the church ecumenically as a current member of the United Methodist delegation to the National Council of Churches/Church World Service General Assembly and as a board member of Church World Service.
Ms. Morrison leaves a legacy of graciousness with uncompromising firmness in the struggle for racial justice and the Christian call to social holiness within her conference and nationally. At the time of her death, she was chair of the Committee on Religion and Race in the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church.
“I was always struck by her courage to stand strongly and passionately for issues of racial justice,” said Women’s Division executive Lois M. Dauway, who worked closely with Ms. Morrison during her tenure as a director of the division. “For me it was a learning experience to watch a white woman from Mississippi confront racism in such tough and effective ways. She was able to see the interconnections of issues of race, peace, economics and the environment. She used her position of privilege to break barriers – and she did it with clarity and warmth.”
A celebration of Ms. Morrison’s life will convene at Crawford Street United Methodist Church in Vicksburg, Miss., Feb. 9, at 2 p.m., preceded by a 1 p.m. visitation in the church’s Wesley Hall.