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60-Second Commercials for United Methodist Women Resources

Editor's Note: These 60-second commercials were first introduced at the National Gathering of Young Women, St. Charles, Ill., December 2000. They can be incorporated into a program or event to introduce people to different resources of United Methodist Women organized for mission.

response Commercial

Speaker 1: I want a magazine that will show me the latest hairstyles and makeup tips.

Speaker 3: This magazine’s not for you.

Speaker 2: I want a magazine that’s going to show me what’s hot and what’s not in fashion.

Speaker 3: This magazine’s not for you.

Speaker 1: I want a magazine that’s going to show me cool ways to decorate my room and oh... will have hot babes like Ricky Martin on the cover.

Speaker 3: This magazine’s not for you.

Speaker 2: Who is that magazine for?

Speaker 3: It’s for strong women. Women who want to make a difference in this world. Women who know that to make a difference, they must read and learn about justice issues, their faith, and other people making a difference. In this magazine, you can read about indigenous peoples fighting large U.S. oil companies to protect their lands OR a United Methodist Woman confronting the Ku Klux Klan in Michigan OR slavery in Burma OR a youth missionary helping teenagers survive a suicide in Arkansas. This is a magazine about justice, about our membership, about people, programs and projects we support. It’s not a magazine for the weak-hearted or weak-minded. It’s for strong women. Response magazine. (HOLD IT ABOVE YOUR HEAD.) It’s the official magazine of United Methodist Women.

Reading Program

Speaker 1: Fauziya Kassindja fled her African homeland to escape female genital mutilation only to be locked up in American prisons for 16 months. Layli Miller Bashir, a driven young law student fought for Fauziya’s freedom.

Speaker 2: 20th century martyrs like Oscar Romero, Steve Biko, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Martin Luther King, Jr. and 20 others who are not as well known live on today in our memories. A legacy of inspiring faith remains after the drama of their deaths.

Speaker 1: Deir Yassin was the village where 200 Palestinians were massacred by the Israelis in 1948. Palestinians and Israelis, Jews, Muslims, and Christians reflect on the legacy of Deir Yassin and continue the search for peace.

Speaker 2: Significant relationships and tough issues, like dependent relationships, abuse, homophobia, and death. Using Scripture and her life experiences, this is a personal search for intimacy and faith.

Speaker 1: The voices of the women living in poverty force us to abandon myths about the poor and come to a better understanding of women’s courage, strength, and resourcefulness.

Speaker 2: Well-known spiritual leaders and ordinary people from a wide spectrum of faith traditions––Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist––address the ultimate question: How do I find God?

Speaker 3: Do you want to travel beyond your own town? Learn more about your own faith? About what gives people strength? About the legacies of justice seekers? It’s an easy trip. Just open a book. You can explores these topics and more with books from the UMW Reading Program. Take the journey.

UMW Membership Promo

Speaker 1: I am woman, Hear Me Roar!

Speaker 2: We speak out about using children in sweatshops to make soccer balls, about not paying people a livable wage, about strawberry workers here in the United States who are not allowed to unionize and are working under back breaking, dangerous conditions among chemicals!

Speaker 1: I am woman, Hear Me Roar!

Speaker 3: We speak out about hate crimes that are happening across the United States. Like the lynching in Mississippi of 17-year old Raynard Johnson. Like James Byrd in Texas being dragged to death because he was black. Like the murder of Matthew Shephard in Wyoming because he was gay. We track hate crimes. We collect data. And we let officials know, this violence will not go unnoticed!

Speaker 1: I am woman, Hear Me Roar!

Speaker 2: We advocate on Capitol Hill for the rights of children and women. We write our congress persons requesting that they support legislation that empowers and protects them.

Speaker 1: I am woman, Hear Me Roar!

Speaker 3: We study the issues, learn about Jesus and his mandates to us to be in mission, and we support the organization of United Methodist Women with our gifts, time and talent, because we know that one million members can make a difference around the world.

Speaker 1: I am woman, Hear Me Roar!

Speaker 2: We give more than $19 million each year for programs and projects in the United States and around the world. We affect the lives of women, children and youth.

Speaker 1: I am a United Methodist Women. Hear me Roar! Roar with Me!

Undesignated Giving Commercial

Speaker 1:

An AIDS Awareness Program in Kenya

A program for female street children, ages 6-18, in South Africa

A loan fund for women returning to their communities and starting businesses in Sierra Leone

Speaker 2:

Advocacy programs for human rights for women in India

Training to help women find income generating skills besides prostitution in the Philippines

Development of Christian Youth in Cambodia

Speaker 1:

Sewing and knitting centers for women in Iraq impacted by U.S. embargo

A theater group in Jamaica that teaches the community about violence against women

Ministries with indigenous people in Brazil that keeps families together and maintains cultural and historical histories.

Speaker 2:

Assistance for women who are victims of violence in Chile.

Prison Ministry in Russia.

Studies taking place in Sweden of programs and the factors affecting the integration and rehabilitation of former child soldiers into civil society

Speaker 1:

A quest to stop gang violence by The Toberman Settlement House in San Pedro, California.

Caring for the elderly and children in the Appalachian Mountains at the Ruth M. Smith Center in Sheffield, Pennsylvania.

A place of relaxation and fun for children with disabilities at Camp Aldersgate in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Speaker 3:

These are not just random programs and projects. They’re supported by you – United Methodist Women. Undesignated giving allows your money to go around the world to support women, children and youth. Members raise more than $20 million a year for programs and projects like these in the United States and in more than 100 countries around the world. Your gifts do make a difference to millions!

Seminar Programs

(Speakers each face the audience and ask the questions seriously to the audience.)

Speaker 1: I may not be wealthy, but I have a lot of money compared to many people. But what can I do to help make a dent in poverty?

Speaker 3: Just do it.

Speaker 2: I know these Nikes I’m wearing were made in a sweatshop in China or Indonesia. But come on, can I really affect the labor practices of large companies?

Speaker 3 : Like Nike says, Just do it.

Speaker 1: I know there’s still racism. I read the stories of violence against people of color. I see that cities are segregated. Few people of color are moving to the top of the corporate ladder. And 11:00 Sunday morning is still the most segregated hour in the United States. But really, I’m only one person. What can I do?

Speaker 3: Just do it.

Speaker 2: I want to stop injustice. Does Jesus really command me to seek justice? How? Why?

Speaker 3: Don’t know all the answers? Then it’s time to attend a National or International Seminar program in New York City or Washington D.C. Pick a justice topic. Attend the program. Tour New York or the nation’s capital. Find out the workings of government. Find out about systems of injustice. Discover your calling to seek justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God. You may not get all the answers, but it’s a good place to start. So.... Just do it.

Last Updated: 04/17/2014

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