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Ubuntu Journeys

Ubuntu is an African word and proverb meaning
"I am human because you are human."

Ubuntu Journeys are unique, short-term mission service opportunities for United Methodist Women to interact with the world through mission partners. Ubuntu Journeys are about women of faith coming together though shared mission to address social issues and discover new ways of working together, supporting one another, and growing spiritually. United Methodist Women Ubuntu participants will expand their understanding of issues that impact the world and their community through mutual learning with women from other cultures. Each Ubuntu Journey connects women to women for a faith and mission opportunity that will:

  • Witness love and struggle; share challenges and opportunities.
  • Enhance cultural awareness; exchange ideas and skills.
  • Learn where the United Methodist Women’s Mission Giving goes to support more than 200 programs in 75 countries.
  • Understand daily life with Methodist and United Methodist, grassroots and ecumenical sisters around the world.

Together with global sisters, United Methodist Women will share the human experience of worship, prayer and spiritual reflection to engage in mission that will cultivate faith, hope and love into action.

Ubuntu Journeys 2014

Ubuntu Journey to Lithuania (Applications Closed.)
Dates: May 12-19, 2014 
Join us for an exciting Journey to this Baltic state in Europe. 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.

Ubuntu Journey to Zimbabwe 
Dates: February 8-16, 2014 (Applications Closed.)
See firsthand how the Zimbabwe health board is implementing its strategic plan to support U.N. Millennium Development Goals. We will interact and dialogue with the United Methodist women of Zimbabwe, whose mission program includes working with the “waiting mothers” who walk many miles to the shelters several months prior to giving birth to ensure they receive good prenatal health care.

Ubuntu Journey to Liberia
Dates: March 16-23, 2014 (Applications Closed.)
We will have an unbelievably warm welcome in Monrovia by the energetic United Methodist women of Liberia, who are strong and courageous, having lived through many years of civil strife. We will visit mission projects located within Monrovia and go on a day trip to Harrisburg and work with women and young adult women on sewing projects.

For additional information or to express your interest on these Ubuntu Journeys email
*ubuntu@unitedmethodistwomen.org.  In the subject line, please include Ubuntu and your country preference. Also include your name and contact information.

Team Leaders Needed

Women interested in applying to be a team leader for future Ubuntu Journeys can download the application and reference forms here.

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*Stories and Photos of Ubuntu Journeys

For more information contact: ubuntu@unitedmethodistwomen.org or call (212) 870-3719.  Please include "Ubuntu Request" in the subject heading of your e-mail.
*Price may vary according to airfare


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