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  • 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. "
  • Come and Follow by Becky Dodson Louter
    12/15/2010 What does it mean to come and follow? We are all called, set apart, to respond in obedience with the love and grace provided through Jesus Christ.
  • Hope in the Midst of Struggle by Cindy Johnson
    12/02/2010 Let us focus on one group of people that needs special help during this happy period of Advent: the aged.
  • Being Prepared: A Faith Walk by Lynn Sloan Barnes
    11/23/2010 Once again we stand on the threshold of the Advent season, our expectant hearts excited by the remembrance of the coming of Emmanuel, God with us.
  • Do You Know Where You're Going? by Debbie Pittman
    11/11/2010 The National Association of Deaconesses and Missionaries (NADAM) is gathering Nov. 11–14 in Lake Junaluska, NC, for Convocation, a gathering of community members.
  • Give the Gift of Love
    10/05/2010 The Call to Prayer and Self-Denial offering in 2011 will support the Retirement Benefits Fund. This fund provides pensions and health care for retired United Methodist Women deaconesses and missionaries.
  • Haiti Update: Communities of Shalom by Valerie Mossman-Celestin
    08/26/2010 Deaconess candidate Valerie Mossman-Celestin shares her work with Communities of Shalom as the U.S. director of Haitian Artisans for Peace International (HAPI).
  • Deaconess & Home Missioner Discernment and Formation Retreat
    06/04/2010 The retreat is for persons of all ages who are discerning a call and/or are in the early stages of candidacy for licensed local pastor, ordained deacon or elder, or for the lay Office of Deaconess (women) or Home Missioner (men).
  • West Africa Women Meet to Explore Being Better Together in Christ by Kimberly Lehmann
    06/03/2009 This impromptu composition by missionary Catherine Akale became the unofficial theme song of this first gathering of leaders from United Methodist women's organizations within the West Africa Central Conference. The participants gathered in Monrovia, Liberia, in early May under the theme "We Are Better Together in Christ."
  • Division Directors to Explore New Relationship with Global Ministries by Yvette Moore
    04/28/2009 Women's Division directors voted to explore a new model of partnership with the General Board of Global Ministries that would transfer oversight of United Methodist Women-supported national mission institutions, relationships with international partners and regional missionaries to the Women's Division.
  • Potential Deaconesses Gather in New York for Discernment Event by Mary Beth Coudal
    05/30/2008 Despite airline delays, 17 out of 18 potential deaconesses attended the New York City Discernment Event from April 11 to 13, 2008, sponsored by the General Board of Global Ministries. In Christian lingo, "to discern" means to listen to God's call or spiritual direction.
  • United Methodist Bishop Visits Mission Institution in Fort Worth, Texas by Barbara Wheeler*
    04/25/2008 Fort Worth, Texas, April 25, 2008 -- As an all-church meeting continues in Fort Worth, Texas, one bishop took time on April 24 to attend another important gathering: snack time in the after-school program at United Community Centers, Inc., a local United Methodist mission institution.
  • United Methodist Women’s Assembly May 4-7, 2006 Anaheim, California by Kelly C. Martini
    01/20/2006 More than 8,000 women will gather at United Methodist Women’s Assembly on May 4-7, 2006, at the Anaheim, Calif., Convention Center. Part of a one-million member organization, the women are bonded by common concerns – the issues and struggles of women, children and youth.

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