United Methodist Women members' Pledge to Mission supports projects and organizations around the world. Internationally, 2013 Mission Giving funds support 121 programs carried out by 107 organizations in more than 110 countries.
Scholarships for higher education were granted to 63 international students in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.
United Methodist Women has seven Regional Missionaries working all over the world. Regional Missionaries are native to the region they serve as personnel of United Methodist Women.
Ubuntu Journeys are unique, short-term mission service opportunities for United Methodist Women to interact with the world through mission partners. Each Ubuntu Journey connects women for a faith and mission opportunity. 2014 Ubuntu Journeys will go to Zimbabwe in February, Liberia in March, and Lithuania in May.
Responsively Yours: The Double Bind by Harriett Jane Olson
10/29/2013 The Video Music Awards show is not usually on my radar, and this year was no exception even with it in Brooklyn’s new Barclay’s Center—at least it wasn’t before my Facebook and Twitter feeds blew up with negative comments about one artist’s performance. Criticism of the female performer was fast and vicious. Perhaps it was deserved; I don’t know, I still haven’t watched the video. However, after several days of commentary, I realized a male entertainer was also involved in the performance.
Hope, One Head of Lettuce at a Time by Pamela Sparr
10/29/2013 This is a story about hope. Not the feel-good theoretical, wishful thinking kind of hope but the tangible kind that comes when you have a solid paycheck for the first time, when the jail time you’ve done doesn’t block you from improving your life, when you can begin to see a positive future for yourself. It’s a real kind of hope for neighborhoods that have known decades of despair, crime, racism and entrenched poverty. It’s the kind of hope for our cities and our country that offers a recipe for how we can grow a more economically and environmentally sustainable and just society together.
Cordialmente Suya: Dilema Doble by /por Harriett Jane Olson
10/24/2013 El programa televisivo de los Premios de Videos Musicales no suele estar en mi radar de intereses y este año no fue la excepción, ni siquiera por que se celebró en el nuevo Centro Barclay en Brooklyn --por lo menos no lo fue hasta que mi Facebook y Twitter explotó con comentarios negativos acerca de la actuación de una de las artistas. La crítica de la intérprete femenina fue rápida y viciosa. Quizás se lo merecía, no lo sé, ya que todavía no he visto el video. Sin embargo, después de varios días de comentarios, me di cuenta que un artista masculino también había participado en la actuación.
Mapping Our Way Forward by Yvette Moore
10/16/2013 One year into its new life as an independent agency of the church, United Methodist Women is mapping its future in mission with women, children and youth, said Harriett Jane Olson in her chief executive report at the organization’s annual meeting in New York City, Oct. 11-14.
Ubuntu Journey 2014: Lithuania
10/02/2013 This Ubuntu Journey offers a unique chance for us to assist our Lithuanian sisters in establishing a United Methodist Women organizational structure appropriate for Lithuania.
Stories of Peacemakers: Domestic Violence by Julie Taylor
10/01/2013 “Shades of Violence, Paths to Healing” was the theme of an opening gathering on domestic violence and abuse sponsored jointly by the United Methodist Women and United Methodist Men of the Baltimore-Washington Conference. It was an event that featured experts’ statistics as well as the personal stories of those who suffered various forms of domestic violence and abuse. It highlighted the need for being peacemakers in our communities.
Surviving Domestic Violence by Stephanie Greiner
10/01/2013 When I registered for National Seminar 2011 I learned of the four areas of focus for United Methodist Women: human trafficking, climate change, immigration and domestic violence. I could sign up for the area I wanted to learn more about. I selected domestic violence. At that point I had no idea my life would be changed.
Meeting Challenges in a Changing Community by Beryl Goldberg
10/01/2013 For more than 100 years the Neighborhood Center of Utica, N.Y., has been a source of aid to the local community. Founded as the Italian Settlement House by the Women’s Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church, it was renamed The Neighborhood Center in 1945. As the community has changed, so have the services the center offers.
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.
Responsively Yours: What the Church Needs From United Methodist Women by Harriett Jane Olson
10/01/2013 United Methodist Women is an organization of The United Methodist Church. As such, it is fair to ask, “What does The United Methodist Church need from United Methodist Women?” How would you answer that question?