Deaconess and Home Missioners: News and Resources
Brochures available on umwmissionresources.org:
- Brooks-Howell Home
The Brooks-Howell Web Site includes mission biographies and news about residents. The majority of the residents are missionaries and deaconesses.
- My Calling to Fulfill
by Mary Agnes Daugherty, this book gives a history of the Deaconess Movement
- response Magazine
Contains current as well as historical stories about Mission
Forever Called by Richard Lord
12/01/2013 Passion is the overriding energy that flows from the Brooks-Howell Home, a United Methodist Women-owned facility in Asheville, N.C., for retired United Methodist missionaries and deaconesses. The more than 100 residents are relieved of the responsibilities and schedules of employment but never from their Christian vocation of service.
Cookson Hills: Where God Changes People by Paul Jeffrey
10/29/2013 When Laurie Rowell started abusing drugs, she knew it was time to quit her job as a nurse. She didn’t want to go to work while high and put her patients’ lives at risk, but quitting work just gave her more time to use drugs. Her life went downhill fast, and soon she was arrested on drug charges.
Deaconess Profiles: Older Adult Ministry by Myka Kennedy Stephens
10/01/2013 According to Deaconess Debbie Pittman, “Older adult ministry is a ministry of ‘being with.’” More than a dozen deaconesses and home missioners are engaged in ministries with older adults, living the call to love, justice and service. They are helping those they are with realize their full human potential regardless of whatever physical or mental limitations may be present. In the stories of these three deaconesses and one deaconess candidate, we are reminded of the importance for our older adults to have caregivers, visitors, assistants, advocates and—above all—friends.
Discernment Event for United Methodists
09/09/2013 This fall, explore God’s invitation to become a deaconess or home missioner at two special events in St. Louis and Tempe, AZ.
Leadership Development Days 2013-2014
09/09/2013 Leadership Development Days will be in 3 cities this year in November 2013 and January 2014 with all-new speakers, stories, and workshops. Register today!
Nazgul William by Myka Kennedy Stephens
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.
Prayer Calendar Reflection: July 2013
07/01/2013 The Prayer Calendar has sometimes been called a storybook. This is because it tells the stories of the work of missionaries nationally and around the globe.
Offering Hope by Myka Kennedy Stephens
06/01/2013 Deaconess Rachel Patman works to prevent domestic violence before it begins in rural Virginia.
Prayer Calendar Reflection: May 2013
05/01/2013 The Prayer Calendar has sometimes been called a storybook. This is because it tells the stories of the work of missionaries nationally and around the globe.
Message From the President by Yvette Moore
03/13/2013 United Methodist Women is the “right place” for women seeking to use their talents and gifts to help others, said Yvette Richards, president of the organization’s board of directors in her address to the new program advisory group assembled for its first annual meeting Mar. 7-9 at Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville, Tenn.
Prayer Calendar Reflection: February 2013
02/01/2013 The Prayer Calendar reflects the lives of disciples who have answered God’s call to live out God’s mission.
Cutting-edge Ministry by Myka Kennedy Stephens*
02/01/2013 United Methodist Deaconesses enter their 125th year of mission on the borderlands of the church and changing needs of society.
What is United Methodist Women Doing, in Heaven's Name? by Harriett Jane Olson
10/22/2012 At their board of directors meeting, Harriett J. Olson asked, “What is going on with United Methodist Women, in heaven’s name?” In other words, how is United Methodist Women’s mission work living into the Gospel to benefit women, children and youth?
Interview with Yvette Richards by Leigh Rogers
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. "
Program Advisory Group 2012
08/08/2012 Portraits from the first Program Advisory Group Orientation held at Scarritt-Bennett, August 2012.
Is this your mother’s UMW? by Linda Bloom on umc.org
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.
United Methodists Celebrate and Commission 40 New Deaconesses, Home Missioners and Missionaries by Elliott Wright and Mary Beth Coudal
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 Sunday, April 29.
Rest for the Weary: United Methodist Women and Deaconesses Provide Room for Prayer by Mary Beth Coudal
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.
Nebraska United Methodist Women Bring People Together for Immigration Seminar by Jay Godfrey
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 conference.
Cutting-Edge Ministries and Commissioning of Deaconesses and Home Missioners by Mary Beth Coudal
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.
Selena Smith, Firefighter, to Be Commissioned a Deaconess at General Conference by Jessica Connor
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.
Profile of a Deaconess: Amanda Mountain by Mary Beth Coudal
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 General Conference on April 29, 2012.
Ramon by Matt Morgan
03/18/2012 Ramon has been in and out of prison for most of his life, mostly for drug-related offenses, both using and selling. He is HIV positive, has mental health issues and has burned most of his bridges with friends or family.
It’s Time to Overturn the Tables by Laura Kirby
03/11/2012 In a Sunday school class I was in years ago we were asked, “Is anger a sin?” The incident described in John 2:13-22, in which Jesus turns over the tables of the moneychangers and those selling goods in the temple, is one of the most often cited examples of Jesus displaying anger.
A New Unit Is Born at Christ Church in Cabot, Ark. by Colleen Caldwell
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 that gave so much to me as I was going through the candidacy process. Therefore, I stepped out in faith to start planning for a new United Methodist Women unit!
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