United Methodist Women Launches Assembly 2010
On April 30-May 2, in St. Louis, Mo., a broad and diverse gathering of women will convene Assembly 2010 - a three-day conference hosted by United Methodist Women celebrating and empowering women of faith in mission for women, children, and youth. Assembly 2010 will build a constituency capable of generating bold action across the globe.
Inspired by faith and activated by justice, Assembly 2010 is a movement of women from all walks of life. Women will come together as one body to worship, fellowship with each other, and also to address and act upon issues affecting women, children and youth. The Assembly theme of "Faith • Hope • Love in Action" solidifies this gathering into a movement for all women of faith.
This event represents one of the largest and most diverse groups of women of faith from the largest denominational faith organization for women, United Methodist Women.
A historic quadrennial event that attracts thousands, United Methodist Women's Assembly has taken place since 1942, and has always been a gathering place to rejoice and mobilize women in mission for women, children and youth.
The theme of "Faith • Hope • Love in Action" includes a vision statement and scripture passage (Colossians 1:3-6) guiding the collective vision for Assembly 2010. The vision statement reads:
As United Methodist Women who are disciples of Jesus Christ we are called to share ...
Faith: Our belief in the promise of a new heaven and a new earth.
Hope: Our expectation of needs met for all.
Love: Our sisterhood of grace and our embodiment of justice
In Action: We find fulfillment of Faith. Hope. Love in the name of Jesus Christ.
Online registration for the event begins June 1, 2009 at www.umwmission.org. Assembly registration includes all plenary sessions and worship; full access to exhibits, workshops, panel discussions and performances; and a limited-edition tote bag with Assembly materials such as an Assembly Program Book and Assembly 2010 commemorative pin.
Assembly House Parties to mobilize registration for the event will take place October 20, 2009 and February 23, 2010. House parties gather women together to learn more about Assembly 2010, how to register and encourage individuals to attend. For more information, go to www.umwmission.org.
Assembly 2010 Highlights
Pre-Conference Events: In addition to the full Assembly program, Assembly 2010 will offer pre-conference events on April 29: Ubuntu Day of Service and Mission Forward Symposium. A Zulu word meaning "I am human because you are human," Ubuntu Day of Service is a mission service opportunity in the St. Louis community. The Mission Forward Symposium offers a series of panels on mission, history, vocation and the future of mission.
Worship: Assembly 2010 will be a diverse gathering of women of faith. The worship of United Methodist Women is a creative celebration that weaves together song, story, and performance from cultures across the globe.
Workshops: Participants will study the complex factors that contribute to many social issues and address how Christians can effectively respond and act for change. Topics will cover issues most affecting women and children, such as human rights, the environment, economic justice and health care.