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National Seminar 2011

United Methodist Women Prepares for National Seminar on Social Justice

By Leigh Rogers

Legacy of Birmingham Is Locus for Current and Historic Study of Reconciliation

Hundreds of women from across the United States will gather to learn and take action on racism, immigration, and other justice issues for United Methodist Women’s National Seminar event, “Mission: Reconciliation,” Aug. 13-17 in Birmingham, AL.

Birmingham’s historic civil rights legacy serves as the backdrop for equipping participants to work for reconciliation and the rebuilding of community--whether through advocacy, service, or hospitality.

Bible studies led by Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz will be livestreamed every morning at 8 a.m. EST starting Aug. 14!
National Seminar is a social justice leadership development event held every four years where United Methodist Women members renew their commitment to know God and to join in the local and global mission of justice and advocacy. Participation in the National Seminar includes United Methodist Women elected leaders, selected jurisdictional representatives, and those chosen by an open application process.

Throughout the event, participants will be engaged in bible study, workshops, worship, field trips and actions that will help develop a critical analysis of the national and global issues that affect women, children and youth. Using the theme and practice of reconciliation, participants will envision a new kingdom on earth for the following justice issues:

  • Immigration
  • Climate Change
  • Domestic Violence
  • Human Trafficking

Bible studies will be led by Dr. Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, Professor of Christian Social Ethics and Theology Emerita at the Theological School of Drew University, is a pioneer of mujerista (Latina feminist) theology and former Associate General Director of Church Women United.

For the first time, bible studies, Aug. 14-17 at 8 a.m., will be streamed live on the National Seminar website at UMWOnline.net, United Methodist Women’s social network.

On Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 12 p.m., National Seminar participants will lead a series of actions around the Birmingham area:

Prayer Vigil for Immigrant Rights
First United Methodist Church, Birmingham, AL
Contact: Helen Rivas, hrivas@earthlink.net

Intergenerational Rally for a Sustainable, Accessible Future
Linn Park, Birmingham, AL
Contact: Pam Sparr: pamelasparr@verizon.net

Collage Making: A Witness to Eliminate Violence Against Women
Birmingham Sheraton Hotel, Ballroom 1
Contact: Julie Taylor: jtaylor@unitedmethodistwomen.org

United Methodist Women is an organization of approximately 800,000 members within The United Methodist Church in the United States. Its mission is to foster spiritual growth, develop leaders and advocate for justice for the transformation of women, children and youth. United Methodist Women members give more than $16 million a year for programs and projects related to women, children and youth in the United States and around the world.

Last Updated: 03/17/2014

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