Stories of Peacemakers: Southern States of the U.S.
Publix, a large supermarket in the Southern States of the U.S., is being pressured by UMW and other coalitional partners for better conditions for farm workers. Over 60 United Methodist Women from the Florida conference joined CIW members and allies in a prayer vigil at the Southgate Publix in Lakeland on July 13, 2013, and the joyous action caught the attention of Publix's hometown paper, the Lakeland Ledger. "The vigil began with beautiful singing and a lot of animo. In no time, some began waving their signs and asking when we would start marching, and the vigil gradually evolved into a mini-action. Spontaneously they began chanting 'Faith, Hope and Action -- We Will Make it Happen!'"
God of compassion and courage, how grateful we are for women that have the guts to stand up and march and sing and hold signs for change in this world.
Jennifer McCallum is the executive in the Seminar Program of United Methodist Women