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- Roma Redux
05/09/2013 -- Senior correspondent and photojournalist for Response shares photos and stories from his journeys visiting Roma communities in Serbia, Macedonia, and Bulgaria.
- Webinar: "Women, Migration & Maternal Health" - June 5
05/01/2013 -- June 5, 3-4 p.m., EDT. As the immigration debate heats up in the U.S., migrant women are often denied basic rights to health care; legal status, language and race all factor in limiting access. Learn more about what you can do! Register at umchealthyfamil...
- Responsively Yours: The Eye of the Beholder
05/01/2013 -- To have a “God’s eye view” that is premised on love and equity is challenging because we have not seen it. Let’s probe and question and make way for our hope in God’s good purposes to guide our thinking.
- The Roma
05/01/2013 -- United Methodist Women and others will come together to study the Roma this year and next at hundreds of Mission u gatherings, the next generation of United Methodist Women’s Schools of Christian Mission.
- Korean PDF - Responsively Yours: The Eye of the Beholder
05/01/2013 -- Korean version of the monthly installment by Harriett Jane Olson. To have a “God’s eye view” that is premised on love and equity is challenging because we have not seen it.
- “I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me”
04/29/2013 -- This reflection is from the World Day of Prayer Worship Service in the Republic of Ireland inspired by Matthew 25: 31-46.
- Somebody’s Calling My Name
04/01/2013 -- Hush. Hush. Somebody’s calling my name! Sounds like Jesus, Jesus is calling my name! Hush. Hush. Somebody’s calling my name! O, my Lord! O, my Lord, what shall I do?
- Korean PDF - Responsively Yours: A Charge to Keep
04/01/2013 -- Korean version of the monthly installment by Harriett Jane Olson. Sometimes at church during a baptism or a renewal of our vows, I find the language of this covenant startling: “Do you renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of...
- Easter Reflection
03/29/2013 -- How appropriate that one of the lectionary readings for today is Acts 10—Peter in the house of Cornelius. This event is not a retelling of the Easter story itself.
- Being Bearers of Palms of Peace and Praise in the Midst of Needs and Conflicts
03/15/2013 -- We can wave palms of peace and praise because we have hope that the worst things are never the last things. As Jesus made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem on the day we celebrate as Palm Sunday, he knew that the week ahead would be physically, emotional...
- Exploring the Intersections: Maternal Health & Domestic Violence Webinar
03/15/2013 -- Wednesday, April 03, 2013; 3:00 -4:00 PM Eastern.
- “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?”
03/14/2013 -- Psalm 22 is a lament. Jesus, in his excruciating pain on the cross, uses the opening verse of this psalm of lament. This cry of Jesus, captured for us by the Gospel writers in Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34, is one of deep despair and abandonment.
- Message From the President
03/13/2013 -- United Methodist Women is the “right place” for women seeking to use their talents and gifts to help others, said Yvette Richards, president of the organization’s board of directors in her address to the new program advisory group assembled for its first ...
- Aid to the Aged
03/12/2013 -- With the support of United Methodist Women, some of the most vulnerable elderly living in places with the most protracted violence and human rights violations are receiving help.
- On the Mountaintop
03/05/2013 -- On a spiritual journey, United Methodist Women can help you reach your peak.
- Prayer Calendar Reflection: March 2013
03/01/2013 -- Did you use the Prayer Calendar today? The Prayer Calendar will both inform you about the work of mission in the world and nourish your soul.
- Korean PDF - Responsively Yours: For God So Loved the World
03/01/2013 -- Korean version of the monthly installment by Harriett Jane Olson. If "God so loved the world" - what about us? Do we so love the world?
- Bearers of the Message of Reconciliation and New Creation
02/25/2013 -- Today is a new day, and we’re trusted to be bearers of this message of reconciliation and hope for all humanity.
- Tools for Leaders: Hope and Hospitality
02/15/2013 -- United Methodist Women has advocated for immigrant rights for more than 140 years. This manual helps equip our response with Bible studies, progams, worship resources, policy statements, issues discussions and social action steps. (PDF, 304pp,12M)
- Bearing Witness: Being People of One God in Christ Above All Idols
02/09/2013 -- Witness bearing! A term of great significance to the Christian Church, it conjures up many images when we think of the toll that bearing witness for Christ has taken upon Christians throughout the ages.
- Being Bearers of Caring Concern
02/08/2013 -- As we go through this Lenten season, let us reflect on what it is to be a woman in Africa.
- Being Bearers of Faith Confessing Christ in Word and Deed.
02/07/2013 -- If we believe and confess with our lips that Jesus was crucified and raised from the dead, our sins will be pardoned.
- “You are off track. Recalculating.”
02/06/2013 -- Lenten Reflections: Ash Wednesday, 2013
- Minute for Mission: 2013
02/05/2013 -- Share these figures that loosely interpret the value of United Methodist Women¹s mission work with women, children and youth in the United States and in countries around the world.
- Food and Hunger
02/05/2013 -- While overnutrition and undernutrition seem to be polar opposites, they are both forms of malnutrition.
- Hunger and Poverty
02/05/2013 -- The main cause of hunger is poverty and lack of power to access nutritious food.
- Prayer Calendar Reflection: February 2013
02/01/2013 -- The Prayer Calendar reflects the lives of disciples who have answered God’s call to live out God’s mission.
- United Methodist Women Launches Principles to Immigration Reform
02/01/2013 -- United Methodist Women offers core principles on immigration reform to guide us in the intense national debate and negotiations ahead.
- The Fiscal Cliff Averted (for Now)
01/28/2013 -- Congress’ actions have prevented the initial collision of tax hikes and spending cuts that created the fiscal cliff, but the war over the U.S. deficit and budget is still being waged in the halls of Congress.
- Revisiting the Rev. King’s Call to Action in His “Beyond Vietnam” Speech
01/15/2013 -- Reflecting on passages from his “Beyond Vietnam” speech reveals Dr. King’s words as enduringly prophetic and persistent.
- Baptism and Lay Mystique
01/10/2013 -- We must put to rest the perception that only the ordained are called to ministry. Baptism removes the lay mystique, that feeling among many laypersons that they do not have a definite calling and identity.
- Ubuntu Journey to Chile
01/03/2013 -- We’ll join with women from the Methodist Women’s Federation in Coronel and Lota, located in the eighth region of Chile, south of Santiago along the coast where Concepcion is the regional capital. Methodist women engaged in community work are excited to sh...
- Responsively Yours: Seek Peace and Pursue It
01/01/2013 -- A critical part of our peacemaking work is directing the attention of global policymakers to issues raised by grassroots women around the world.
- ‘Changing the World’ for Refugees in Jacksonville, Fla.
01/01/2013 -- A "change the world" mission weekend opens hearts, minds and hands at Mandarin United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, Fla.
- From Victim to Survivor
01/01/2013 -- Once-trafficked women get a new start at the Mission Giving-supported Batis Center for Women in the Philippines.
- A Journey to "Ubuntu"
01/01/2013 -- U.S. women learn the power of faith and witness with sisters in the Philippines and South Korea.
- Cordialmente Suya: Busca la Paz y Trata de Hacerla Realidad
01/01/2013 -- Desde hace muchos años, las mujeres, la paz y la seguridad han sido muy importantes para las Mujeres Metodistas Unidas y para nuestros antepasados.
- Prayer Calendar Reflection: January 2013
01/01/2013 -- The Prayer Calendar reflects the lives of disciples who have answered God’s call to live out God’s mission.
- Korean PDF - Responsively Yours: Seek Peace and Pursue It
01/01/2013 -- Korean version of the monthly installment by Harriett Jane Olson. A critical part of our peacemaking work is directing the attention of global policymakers to issues raised by grassroots women around the world.
- A Child Is Born, God Is With Us
12/19/2012 -- What we know, without doubt, is that God is with us. The power of the Christ child, born on Christmas day, is God’s demonstration that love takes risks.
- Mary's Song
12/17/2012 -- Mary’s song is an indigenous honor song. She was a young tribal woman who held within her body the promise of new hope and kept within her heart a deep gratitude for God’s sustaining vision of possibility – the possibility of shalom.
- Women of the Manger
12/17/2012 -- Use this mini-retreat to take a journey to the manger to renew our faith in the hope, peace, joy and love of Christmas.
- The Joy of the Material and Spiritual Practice of Sharing
12/13/2012 -- During this Advent season, as we share material goods with family members, let us also extend our hand to the needy around us.
- Intercept the Traffickers
12/10/2012 -- Help intercept the traffickers at this year's Super Bowl, on February 3, 2013.
- How To Submit Human Trafficking Photos to UMWOnline.net
12/10/2012 -- Submit photos to UMWOnline.net for Intercept the Traffickers Campaign with or without a computer by February 3, 2013.
- Celebrate 16 Days of Activism
12/07/2012 -- The Center for Global Women’s Leadership (CGWL) announced the campaign’s newest project, “What does security mean to you?” The goal is to collect short videos and written statements responding to that question.
- Land Grabbing
12/07/2012 -- The large-scale acquisition of land traditionally used by local communities, “land grabbing,” has accelerated exponentially, resulting in record levels of hunger, displacement and environmental degradation.
- The Right to Food
12/07/2012 -- When the world can produce more than enough food to adequately feed the global population, it shames us all that hunger and malnutrition exist.
- Nelly's Story
12/07/2012 -- In a village in Zambia, Nelly and her family once depended exclusively on chemical fertilizers to produce the crops on their farm. As years went by, the quality of their soil degraded to a point that hunger and poverty took over the family’s already preca...
- Creating and Cultivating Space for God to Move In
12/02/2012 -- During the Advent season, as you pause to make space for Spirit to move within you and give birth to something new in you, also consider making space to be present to those with whom you would be in ministry and the unexpected places you will see Christ.
- Responsively Yours: Doing Is in Our DNA
12/01/2012 -- “Doing” is in our DNA. We want to respond to children all over the world as if they were our children — our family, congregation or community. This desire to be of use for God’s holy purposes takes us across distances, national boundaries, languages, race...
- How Will Recent Changes to United Methodist Women Affect Local Women?
12/01/2012 -- The 2012 General Conference allowed United Methodist Women to separate from the General Board of Global Ministries and become an official independent organization within the United Methodist Church. Since then, many members have been inquiring about how t...
- Hope Is Born in Bethlehem Centers
12/01/2012 -- Bethlehem Centers is not only important for the community of North Nashville; it’s an important part of U.S. race relations history. It was founded in 1894 when Sallie Hill Sawyer, a black woman, and Estelle Haskins, who was white, joined forces to start ...
- A Gift for Life in Rwanda
12/01/2012 -- Since 2005 Rwanda Gift for Life has responded to the hardships and trauma rape survivors continue to face even as they struggle to care for their families while living with HIV.
- Cordialmente Suya: El “Hacer” Está en Nuestro ADN
12/01/2012 -- ¡Estoy muy satisfecha de que las Mujeres Metodistas Unidas me exhorten a la acción!
- Korean PDF - Responsively Yours: Doing Is in Our DNA
12/01/2012 -- Korean version of the monthly installment by Harriett Jane Olson. We want to respond to children all over the world as if they were our children — our family, congregation or community. This desire to be of use for God’s holy purposes takes us across dist...
- Affirmation of Faith for Everyday Advent
11/27/2012 -- This Affirmation of Faith can be made into an Advent liturgy.
- New and Improved Resource Center to Come December 17, 2012
11/15/2012 -- United Methodist Women is making changes to better equip members for mission in their communities and around the world. Our mission resource center is moving and expanding to meet your needs.
- Introducing Food Justice
11/14/2012 -- Hunger and poverty have a cyclical relationship.
- The Impact of Food Prices on Peace and Security
11/14/2012 -- The poorest households in the developing world spend up to 60 to 80% of their incomes on food.
- Love is Strong as Death
11/01/2012 -- Use this memorial service to remember loved ones who have passed on.
- A Circle of Thanksgiving
11/01/2012 -- What does the national Thanksgving holiday mean for Native American peoples?
- Hershey's Fair Trade
11/01/2012 -- United Methodist voices help persuade chocolate company to address child labor.
- New Challenges in Nome
11/01/2012 -- United Methodist Women, whose foremothers were in ministry in Nome shortly after the first gold rush, is still working to support life-giving ministries in the community eleven decades later.
- Responsively Yours: Overflowing Gratitude
11/01/2012 -- Sometimes gratitude just bubbles up! I hope that you will take a few minutes to reflect with gratitude on this season in the life of United Methodist Women.
- Cordialmente Suya: Gratitud Desbordante
11/01/2012 -- ¡A veces, la gratitud brota inesperadamente! Espero que en estos momentos, ustedes tengan unos minutos para reflexionar con gratitud sobre las Mujeres Metodistas Unidas.
- Korean PDF - Responsively Yours: Overflowing Gratitude
11/01/2012 -- Korean version of the monthly installment by Harriett Jane Olson. Sometimes gratitude just bubbles up! I hope that you will take a few minutes to reflect with gratitude on this season in the life of United Methodist Women.
- Reflection on Hate Speech and the Response of United Methodist Women
10/24/2012 -- The founding director of the Women’s Interfaith Institute calls leaders to support the peace initiatives spurred by the #mysubwayad campaign.
- What is United Methodist Women Doing, in Heaven's Name?
10/22/2012 -- At their board of directors meeting, Harriett J. Olson asked, “What is going on with United Methodist Women, in heaven’s name?” In other words, how is United Methodist Women’s mission work living into the Gospel to benefit women, children and youth?
- Living Stewardship: Creating Financial Literacy
10/03/2012 -- In 2013, the offering received will equip, educate and empower women and youth with financial knowledge and skills necessary to improve their financial well-being and make informed decisions.
- Responsively Yours: Break Stalemates to Peace
10/01/2012 -- Have the tragic shootings around the country this year prompted you to prayer and action or are you stunned? Like Jesus’ lament in Luke 19; for we do not know the “things that make for peace.”
- Invisible Poverty
10/01/2012 -- Poverty in Albemarle County, Va., is virtually invisible, but United Methodist Women members know that doesn't mean it doesn't exist.
- HIV's Unexpected Legacies
10/01/2012 -- Activists fighting the AIDS epidemic for 30 years share lessons about social justice, gender equality, human rights and solidarity.
- Terminemos con el Estancamiento de la Paz
10/01/2012 -- ¿Los trágicos tiroteos ocurridos este año en todo el país las han impulsado a orar y a la acción o las han noqueado por la sorpresa? Como el lamento de Jesús en Lucas 19, nosotros no conocemos “lo que es para tu paz”.
- Living the Heart of God: United Methodist Women Program Book 2012-2013
09/20/2012 -- Are you ready to start your new program year? The programs in this book will equip you to live the heart of God in the world so that you will be prepared to see the ways in which you can help build up the body of Christ.
- Preparing for Our Journey
09/17/2012 -- This program is a translation of the December program from the 2012-2013 Korean Program Book. It reflects on what it means to be an immigrant in the world.
- Lord, When Did We See You?
09/14/2012 -- This program is translated from the 2012-2013 Spanish Program Book - Vivir el corazón de Dios. It connects the themes of poverty and immigration, recognizing the Wesleyan concepts of social and personal holiness.
- Two Cents a Week: Sheet Music
09/13/2012 -- Download accompanying song for Mini-Retreat: Faith, Hope and Love in Action Through the PURPOSE.
- Responsively Yours: Learning to Choose
09/01/2012 -- We have choices about how we interpret what goes on in the world around us and how we respond.
- Divide and Conquer
09/01/2012 -- Employers stoke racial rifts for economic gain.
- Stumbling Over Reproductive Health
09/01/2012 -- Every woman has a right to complete health care throughout her life -- even in developing countries.
- Burn a Candle: Pledge Service 2013
08/29/2012 -- This pledge service features three candles symbolizing faith, hope and love in action. Listen not only with your ears but your heart as well. It is based on 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 and includes the hymns “The Church’s One Foundation” and “Here I Am, Lord.”
- Voter Suppression Lament
08/27/2012 -- Gladys Hubbard is a member of United Methodist Women from the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. She serves on United Methodist Women's Program Advisory Board. She prays for wisdom in the coming election.
- Not Yet Arrived: A Reflection on the Oak Creek Shooting
08/16/2012 -- Each violent occurrence has its own particularity. The recent incidence at the Sikh temple at Oak Creek violence has religious, ethnic and economic dimensions.
- Program Advisory Group 2012
08/08/2012 -- Portraits from the first Program Advisory Group Orientation held at Scarritt-Bennett, August 2012.
- Migrant Head Start at Lessie Bates Davis: on YouTube
07/30/2012 -- VIDEO: The Migrant Head Start program at Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood house (East St. Louis, IL) provides a place where children learn and are nurtured. English and Spanish audio with onscreen translation.
- Is This Your Mother's UMW?
07/02/2012 -- On May 1, the 2012 United Methodist General Conference approved legislation to separate UMW and its administrative body, the Women’s Division, from the Board of Global Ministries, to which it had been related for decades.
- Turning Girls on to Mission In Columbia, S.C.
07/01/2012 -- A youth circle at Washington Street United Methodist Church in Columbia, S.C., is learning by doing mission through United Methodist Women.
- Speaking Up for Women
07/01/2012 -- "I will never be tired of speaking up for women’s causes." Kapend Christine Musumb served as a delegate to the 2012 General Conference. She coordinates the Central Congo Conference’s United Methodist Women.
- Responsively Yours: What Can You Imagine?
07/01/2012 -- Structural configurations alone will not make us the multigenerational, multicultural, multilingual, multiracial, Spirit-filled organization that we want to be. But if we imagine it and build it and work toward it, I believe that God will bless our effort...
- Responsively Yours: A Peek Into the Gender Gap
06/01/2012 -- Women in general operate with a sort of enlightened self-interest, not selflessly, but in ways that take seriously our own needs, the needs of our families, our businesses and our communities, the people and places we know best.
- God's Beautiful Promise in Oklahoma
06/01/2012 -- From the start, Isabella Circle members set their mission sights on mentoring teenage girls in their church and community.
- Young Asian Women Prepare to Lead
06/01/2012 -- Scranton Women's Leadership Center in Seoul and Wesley Center in Tokyo co-sponsor training for Asian women in the Philippines.
- A Lifeline to the Future
06/01/2012 -- United Methodist Women international ministries scholarships are helping to develop a new generation of leaders.
- End Detention of Immigrants
05/17/2012 -- United Methodist Women stand firm against the criminalization of communities of color regardless of immigration status or citizenship.
- Steps You Can Take to Welcome Immigrants
05/17/2012 -- The United Methodist Women’s Immigrant and Civil Rights Initiative has actively engaged members in study and action since 2006. The initiative draws on our biblical understandings of God’s reign, where all God’s children, created in God’s image, are value...
- Journey to Becoming an Immigrant Welcoming Congregation
05/14/2012 -- Serving the needs of immigrant communities continues to be necessary but equally crucial is legislative reform to fix the badly broken immigration system. The current context demands justice for immigrants.
- Get Involved With Your Conference Rapid Response Team
05/10/2012 -- The United Methodist Rapid Response Team mobilizes congregations to welcome immigrants and to advocate for just and humane immigration reform at the state and federal level.
- United Methodist Women and the Display That Wasn’t
05/03/2012 -- United Methodist Women didn’t have an exhibit at General Conference. Instead, they roped off their display area and set off on a flurry of learning and mission opportunities around Tampa, where General Conference is being held.
- General Conference Approves United Methodist Women Autonomy
05/01/2012 -- By a vote of 889 to 20, General Conference made United Methodist Women an autonomous organization within the United Methodist Church May 1 during its quadrennial meeting Tampa, Fla. The historic vote separates the national policymaking body of women organ...
- Responsively Yours: Resources and Activism Needed
05/01/2012 -- As Leymah Gbowee traveled in the United States, she came to know that there is plenty of poverty in this country. Ms. Gbowee’s observation was: “It seems to me that in Africa we have activism, but we lack resources, while in the United States, you have re...
- From Cuba, By Faith
05/01/2012 -- Nelida Mora-Morales wanted to serve. She became a teacher in central Cuba and the Woman’s Society district president. Then she came to United States as a refugee.
- The Global Land Grab
05/01/2012 -- Around the world impoverished peoples are fighting a foreign rush for wealth and control that threatens to strip them of land, food and water.
- Wage Theft
05/01/2012 -- Billions of dollars are stolen from U.S. workers every year.
- End-of-Day Prayer Meetup, April 25
04/26/2012 -- Every day at General Conference, United Methodist Women is organizing end-of-day prayer gatherings for all–delegates, agency and conference staff, clergy, laity and visitors alike–to center themselves amidst the hectic schedules and grueling meetings requ...
- VOICES Timeline and Song
04/13/2012 -- Resources for the Voices event include a historical timeline and a song celebrating United Methodist Women.
- Sending Prayer Mantles to General Conference: on umcnic.org
04/11/2012 -- Northern Illinois Conference web article: In March, United Methodist Women members from across Northern Illinois Conference created prayer mantles for delegates ahead of General Conference in Tampa, Fla., April 24-May 4, 2012.
- We Belong Together in Alabama
04/10/2012 -- Ruth Ann Powers, educator and leader in United Methodist Women, was among the 17 U.S. leaders at the We Belong Together roundtable in March who denounced HB 56, Alabama’s 2011 anti-immigrant legislation.
- Resurrection Hope: Still Possible Today
04/08/2012 -- The story of Holy Week is a mix of conversations between the closest of companions and the “wide angle” pageantry of festival season in Jerusalem. What do we make of the story’s ending?
- Standing by God in a Time of Sorrow
04/06/2012 -- As we continue our journey this Lenten season from the cross of sacrifice and sorrow to the gift of resurrection and salvation, let us not lose hope.
- They Will Know We Are Christians by Our Love
04/05/2012 -- We are to love others based on Jesus’ sacrificial love for us. Such love will not only bring unbelievers to Christ; it will also keep believers strong and united.
- Draw Closer to God
04/01/2012 -- My wish for you and me this Palm Sunday is that we draw closer to God because God’s love and grace is sufficient for all of us to share.
- Responsively Yours: Women and Children First
04/01/2012 -- Experience from economic development work around the world shows that when women are healthy and have access to employment and education, they invest in the health of the children and the community.
- No Longer Citizens
04/01/2012 -- Dominican Republic turns Haitian immigrants into stateless people.
- Ministries of Accompaniment
04/01/2012 -- Katie Dwyer traveled with families searching for loved ones along the migrant trail. Now their stories travel with her.
- Spring 2012 Board Meeting: flickr photo gallery
03/28/2012 -- Photos of the Board meeting, quadrennial celebration and more from Plano, Texas.
- Someone's Praying, Lord
03/27/2012 -- Ask God to give wisdom to the delegates to make decisions that will lift up the presence of the church as an effective witness in the world.
- Carbon Footprint Toolkit
03/26/2012 -- Find out what you can do in your home, your church, your community and your annual conference to help stop climate change.
- Give Yourself Away
03/25/2012 -- Are we truly followers of the Christ or are we simply admirers of Jesus?
- A Life Dedicated to Shining for Racial Justice
03/25/2012 -- This meditation is written to help United Methodist Women begin to prayerfully prepare themselves for the United Methodist Women's Assembly, May 4-7 in Anaheim, Calif., and for the ensuing education, inspiration, and mission work of the organization.
03/18/2012 -- Ramon has been in and out of prison for most of his life, mostly for drug-related offenses, both using and selling. He is HIV positive, has mental health issues and has burned most of his bridges with friends or family.
- Why is it Important to Reduce our Carbon Footprint?
03/16/2012 -- God has given humans responsibility for the care and keeping of the earth as God’s stewards. The Bible’s message, however, goes beyond just calling us to manage natural resources wisely.
- How Can I Measure My Carbon Footprint?
03/16/2012 -- Free and easy tools can help individuals and organizations be greener.
- What Can I Do at Home?
03/16/2012 -- Know your footprint and work to lower it. Involve those you live with in making and implementing the plan.
- What Can I Do in My Local Church?
03/16/2012 -- Who is currently responsible for making decisions about your building and grounds? What policies currently exist at your church about environmental stewardship? Does your church already have a Green Team?
- What Can I Do in My Community?
03/16/2012 -- Many exciting initiatives related to addressing climate change and lowering greenhouse gas emissions are happening in cities and towns across the United States.
- What Can I Do as Part of My Annual Conference?
03/16/2012 -- Several United Methodist camp and conference center directors are helping lead the way in our denomination related to lowering greenhouse gas emissions and demonstrating other forms of Creation Care.
- It’s Time to Overturn the Tables
03/11/2012 -- In a Sunday school class I was in years ago we were asked, “Is anger a sin?” The incident described in John 2:13-22, in which Jesus turns over the tables of the moneychangers and those selling goods in the temple, is one of the most often cited examples o...
- Responsively Yours: First Hit Pause
03/09/2012 -- As we approach General Conference, how many of the concerns or fears impelling us to certain points of view are based on analyses that fit the past better than the present?
- Beyond Labels
03/09/2012 -- Seeking open dialogue and community in a divided world.
- “Let’s Be Friends”
03/09/2012 -- It was a simple idea: United Methodist Women reaching out to Muslim women and saying, “Let’s be friends.”
- Standing With the Poor
03/09/2012 -- Neighborhood Center is strategically located to serve an ever-changing and diverse community in Camden, N.J.
- The Secret
03/09/2012 -- The Church has a powerful role to play in destigmatizing substance abuse and supporting individuals and families facing addiction.
- Observations around International Women’s Day 2012
03/08/2012 -- On March 8, 2012, International Women’s Day and Purim occurred in the middle of a firestorm ignited by the names a talk show pundit used to characterize Sandra Fluke, a 30 year old (Methodist) law student at Georgetown University who testified in support ...
- Getting Our Act Together
03/04/2012 -- Each spring at Alaska Children’s Services a wonderful community event happens. It’s our Spring Banquet and Talent Show. The name of the event is “Get Your Act Together!” It’s a very tongue-in-cheek title that slips by many.
- Korean PDF - Responsively Yours: First Hit Pause
03/01/2012 -- Korean version of the monthly installment by Harriett Jane Olson.
- Cordialmente Suya: Primero Piense Pausadamente
03/01/2012 -- Nos esforzamos por recibir con corazones abiertos el movimiento del Espíritu Santo.
- Can a Rainbow Come in the Clouds Without an Ark First?
02/26/2012 -- The last time I saw a bow in the clouds, colorful like a rainbow, was this past January. I was in São Paulo, Brazil, and a summer shower came over us in the streets. Then came the sun. Behind the buildings, there it was: a rainbow.
- World Day of Prayer: Creating a World of Justice and Community
02/21/2012 -- The World Day of Prayer service on March 2, 2012, will be guided by women of Malaysia who have prepared and provided the worship, titled “Let Justice Prevail.”
- Coming to Terms With God
02/16/2012 -- Time and change are each the other’s measure. A life span may be two millennia for a sequoia tree or a day for a mayfly. But it is still one life.
- Habilidades para Leer los Mapas Misionales
02/01/2012 -- Cordialamente Suya: En Español
- Korean PDF - Responsively Yours: Mission Map Skills
02/01/2012 -- Korean Version of the monthly response column.
- What Does a Community Look Like?
01/31/2012 -- Draw the circle wide when it comes to United Methodist Women.
- Micah Moments
01/31/2012 -- Women lead the church and their communities toward justice by organizing for mission.
- Responsively Yours: Mission Map Skills
01/31/2012 -- Mission Giving maps show a web of relationships and a demonstration of faith, hope and love in action. God is at work in the world, and we are a part of it!
- It Takes a Village
01/31/2012 -- Wesley Community Center is part of a collective effort nurturing children and families in Amarillo, Texas.
- Lenten Prayers: Expansive Language Resource
01/20/2012 -- Submit or subscribe to expansive language prayers for Lent 2012
- United Methodist Women Pledge Service 2012
01/11/2012 -- As a member of United Methodist Women, celebrate and commit to supporting United Methodist Women’s local, national and global outreach.
- How to Make a Bible Study Video
01/10/2012 -- You can make your own Bible study video! It’s easier than you might think. Anyone with a video camera, digital camera, flip camera or smartphone, some basic editing equipment and a little creativity can make a video.
- Judges 19
01/10/2012 -- A bible study on Judges 19 for Human Trafficking Awareness Day, January 11.
- Human Trafficking Awareness Day: How Many Modern Day Slaves are Supporting You?
01/09/2012 -- Human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the world after drug trade. Financial bondage and violent intimidation are mechanisms used by traffickers to enslave women and children.
- West Covina United Methodist Women Publishes Feeding the Flock: United Methodist Women Cookbook
01/03/2012 -- This year, the United Methodist Women of West Covina United Methodist Church in West Covina, Calif., collected recipes from congregation members, family and friends and put them together in a cookbook titled Feeding the Flock. Funds raised from the sal...
- Responsively Yours: "Something there is that doesn't love a wall"
01/03/2012 -- Let us not give walls undue power. In this new year, let us dream of peace, but let us also commit ourselves anew to work for peace, and to declare the message of the love of God for all peoples on earth.
- Praise God for United Methodist Women!
01/03/2012 -- A supportive fellowship of women is key to spiritual growth for a California woman.
- National Seminar: Mission Reconciliation
01/03/2012 -- United Methodist Women taps U.S. civil rights history and new technology to engage the ministry of reconciliation in Birmingham, Alabama.
- Crisis in the Horn of Africa
01/03/2012 -- Women confront hunger and violence in a drought-plagued region.
- Cordialmente Suya: A Nadie le Gusta una Pared que Separa
01/01/2012 -- “No le demos excesivo poder a una pared. Las fronteras cambian. Las alianzas cambian. Sólo el amor de Dios se mantiene firme. En este año nuevo, soñemos con la paz, pero también comprometámonos nuevamente a trabajar por la paz y a declarar el mensaje del ...
- Responsively Yours: Korean PDF -Something There Is That Doesn't Love A Wall
01/01/2012 -- Korean version of Deputy General Secretary Harriett Olson's monthly column.
- Cordialmente Suya: Audio - A Nadie le Gusta una Pared que Separa
01/01/2012 -- “No le demos excesivo poder a una pared. Las fronteras cambian. Las alianzas cambian. Sólo el amor de Dios se mantiene firme. En este año nuevo, soñemos con la paz, pero también comprometámonos nuevamente a trabajar por la paz y a declarar el mensaje del ...
- Responsively Yours: Korean Audio - Something There Is That Doesn't Love A Wall
01/01/2012 -- For me, these words of Robert Frost call to mind the cold stone walls separating fields and properties through the forests and hills of New England.
- Responsively Yours Audio: Something There Is That Doesn't Love A Wall
01/01/2012 -- For me, these words of Robert Frost call to mind the cold stone walls separating fields and properties through the forests and hills of New England.
- For Unto Us a Child Is Born: Photo Essay
12/15/2011 -- Isaiah 9:6 proclaims God's plan of salvation through the birth of the Christ child. Children are still a tangible reminder of God's hand at work in the world.
- A Time for Change: Technology
12/13/2011 -- This year's offering will enable national mission institutions and international institutions to help the marginalized and the poor, the physically challenged and others, especially women children and youth, who don’t have access to information technology...
- La Tecnología en un Tiempo de Cambio
12/13/2011 -- En la actualidad, la tecnología de la información tiene un rol clave en la comunicación y en el proceso de aprendizaje en el mundo entero.
- Eyes to the Vista
12/07/2011 -- Every day, there are those that set out in migration in every corner of our world. They seek a vista of justice, security and sustainability.
- Intercept the Traffickers 2012
12/05/2011 -- Leading up to Super Bowl Sunday, February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana, join United Methodist Women Human Trafficking Team members in our Intercept the Traffickers campaign.
- Responsively Yours: Traditions in Chocolate and Justice
12/01/2011 -- Sweeten this holiday by sending a message to Hershey's to let the company know that you care about exploitation of workers.
- Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus and Other Immigrants
12/01/2011 -- The Christmas story is a lesson on God’s greatest commandments of all.
- My Faith Journey
12/01/2011 -- A woman finds her voice and gifts organizing for mission.
- Women Key in Making Peace
12/01/2011 -- With three women winners of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, no longer can women's critical role in peacemaking be denied.
- Cordialmente Suya: El Chocolate y la Justicia
12/01/2011 -- Para muchas de nosotras, el chocolate, las galletas y otros dulces son golosinas básicas durante la temporada de Navidad.
- Thoughts on Migrants and Life
11/30/2011 -- This Advent season as we wait with anticipation to see the Christ child, may we celebrate our migrant status by sharing our lives.
- The Price of Motherhood
11/27/2011 -- As we think about the anticipation of motherhood for Mary during Advent, we also think of migrant women who face motherhood under very, very difficult circumstances.
- Celebrate International Migrants Day, December 18
11/17/2011 -- In this time of Advent, the United Methodist Task Force on Immigration invites United Methodists to lift up the global and local realities of migrants on December 18 in worship and prayer.
- Adventures in Grace
11/15/2011 -- For members and seekers of Grace Adventures United Methodist Church, church happens where it happens, and when and where it happens is an adventure in grace.
- Responsively Yours: No Time for Business as Usual
11/04/2011 -- The U.S. Census Bureau announced that 1-in-6 Americans lives below the poverty line. What would happen if we sat at a table with some of these persons? Would we begin to think differently about creating a sustainable economy?
- When Trafficking Hits Home
11/04/2011 -- After testifying against traffickers, a local United Methodist Women member’s granddaughter left home to meet a friend and never returned.
- Second Chances
11/04/2011 -- For more than a century, the United Methodist Community House has been a safe place for do-overs in Grand Rapids, Mich.
11/04/2011 -- United Methodists call for education and dialogue on a popular technique for natural gas drilling.
- Rooted in Justice
11/04/2011 -- United Methodist Women’s work for peace and justice has 140-year-old roots.
- Cordialmente Suya: No Hay Tiempo que Perder
11/01/2011 -- Mientras el sol caía en el horizonte, pequeños grupos de mujeres iban recorriendo los cuartos de reunión para recoger bufandas y suéteres antes del próximo período de sesiones en la 12ª.
- Responsively Yours: Korean PDF - No Time for Business as Usual
11/01/2011 -- As the sun declined in the sky small groups of women moved from seminar and meeting rooms to collect scarves and sweaters before the next session at the 12th World Assembly of the World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women in Johannesburg, Sou...
- Women’s Human Rights: A Celebration of the 66th United Nations Day
10/27/2011 -- Determined to promote peace and prevent future warfare, a group of delegates from 50 countries, chaired by former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, gathered in San Francisco. The result was not only the formation of the international body known today as the U...
- Bible Women in Cambodia; June 2011
10/18/2011 -- The Bible Women program draws on the historical design and concept of bringing leadership training and development to today’s marginalized in remote and urban areas.
- United Methodist Women Sunday: Example Service
10/12/2011 -- Prepared by the East Ohio Conference United Methodist Women leadership, this UMW Sunday order of service can be adapted to suit the context and needs of any local UMW organization.
- Women's Division Annual Report: 2010 (PDF)
10/07/2011 -- Thinking About the Next 100 Years: Shaping Faith, Hope and Love into Action.
- United Methodist Women News: Volume 4, Number 3 (PDF)
10/06/2011 -- Fall 2011 articles include: Others See Your Good Works and Give Glory to God, Joanna Girls: A Teen United Methodist Women Circle in Tennessee, Start Small and Grow, Deaconess Applicants Rally in Times Square for Fair Trade, United Methodist Women Sunday ...
- Responsively Yours: Acting Like Hope
10/05/2011 -- Imagine the United Methodist Church as an influential voice in the local community and the world, inviting change, restoration, healing and a deep Christian spiritual formation that sustains us in addressing injustice and brokenness in the world.
10/05/2011 -- A childhood dream for Christian service is realized in United Methodist Women.
- Clinica Betañia
10/05/2011 -- A beacon of hope in a city shackled by drug cartels.
- Criminalization of Communities of Color
10/05/2011 -- Racial disparities in the nation's legal system continue to challenge fairness and equal justice.
- Poverty Issue Study Overview
10/03/2011 -- Participants in the study will engage in deepening their understanding of the realities of poverty and be invited to commit to solidarity with the poor through accompaniment and advocacy.
- Immigration and the Bible
10/03/2011 -- This study shares the story of the Bible as a narrative of immigrants and migration.
- Take a Walk with Christ
10/01/2011 -- As United Methodist Women members we are the body of Christ. Look at the others seated here. Do we all look the same? Do we have similar attitudes? Do we have identical viewpoints? But when we come together in the sisterhood of grace, we become the bod...
- Cordialmente Tuya: Esperanza en Acción
10/01/2011 -- "¿Qué es lo que necesitamos hoy en la Iglesia Metodista Unida?", esta fue la pregunta que hizo una líder de un seminario. Como era temprano en la mañana, quizás perdí algo de su presentación, pero parecía que su pregunta reclamaba una respuesta.
- Responsively Yours: Acting Like Hope - Korean Version (PDF)
10/01/2011 -- “What is the one thing we need today in the United Methodist Church?” asked a seminar leader. It was early in the morning so I may have missed something, but she looked like she expected an answer.
- Human Trafficking: A Resource for Preventing, Protecting, Prosecuting (PDF)
09/30/2011 -- Join United Methodist Women in the global movement to end the complex web of sexual slavery, prostitution and labor bondage.
- Pledge Service: Finding, Giving and Living Peace (PDF)
09/27/2011 -- United Methodist Women’s Pledge Service explains the connection between giving and mission and provides a space for women to pledge their gifts for the upcoming year.
- Budget 2011: Faith, Hope and Love in Action
09/26/2011 -- God’s mission is for everyone. When we respond to God’s grace in love we are transformed and motivated to become mission-bearers in God’s world. United Methodist Women have been fulfilling God’s mission for the past 140 years. Everything we do is in keepi...
- United Methodist Women's Sunday: Sample Order of Service
09/22/2011 -- United Methodist Women's Sunday can be celebrated any Sunday of the year. This resource -as with any United Methodist Women/Women's Division resource - can be adapted to suit your local organization's needs.
- Life on the Rebound
09/01/2011 -- Emma Norton Services is housed in a brick building quietly tucked into the urban landscape of St. Paul, and the 50 women who live there are somewhere on the road to wholeness.
- Spreading the Word Against Abuse
09/01/2011 -- The Church has a key role to play in ending intimate partner violence. United Methodist Women and United Methodist Men have embarked on a historic joint campaign to raise awareness about the problem of domestic violence and to get the church to provide re...
- Responsively Yours: Lessons from 9/11
09/01/2011 -- How does what we believe to be true affect what we can actually see taking place?
- Cordialmente Suya: Lo que aprendimos el 11 de septiembre
09/01/2011 -- ¿Sabía usted que el testimonio de testigos oculares es el que menos se utiliza como evidencia confiable? No sólo es porque quizás los seres humanos no estén diciendo la verdad, sino también porque “vemos lo que creemos”.
- Responsively Yours: Lessons from 9/11: Korean
09/01/2011 -- ...In an intrafaith conversation in May, I learned that American Muslims see a cataclysm affecting them personally — an act for which they had no responsibility and over which they had no control, but which would shape their lives and the lives of their c...
- Religion Communicators Call for Civil Discourse About 9/11
09/01/2011 -- The Religion Communicators Council urged journalists and bloggers to "pursue accuracy, respect and understanding of people of all faiths and faith communities." The statement is in a resolution adopted Aug. 7, 2011 in Philadelphia by the board of governor...
- Being in Struggle to be Human in Daily Life: A Reflection on 9/11
09/01/2011 -- Someone once said that we are what we remember. Our memories of 9/11 testify to the influence of those who lost their life and those who survived the calamitous disaster on our personal and national life.
- Right Relationships: Video and Study Guide
09/01/2011 -- The tragic events of September 11th traumatized the entire world. In its wake, interfaith dialogue was overshadowed by discrimination, media sensationalism, and a loss of respect for people of different faiths. The Christian community must help re-open th...
- An Interfaith Dialogue Model in Atlanta, Georgia
09/01/2011 -- In the United States I discovered that Christians knew little about other faiths and considered it unnecessary to learn because Christ’s way was sufficient. As a graduate and then a college professor and a church member, I developed a deep yearning to sha...
- La Travesía Hacia la Plenitud
08/02/2011 -- ¡Bienvenidas al nuevo Libro de Programa de 2011-2012, La travesía Hacia la Plenitud”!
- Peaceful Remembrance of September 11, 2001: Forty Days of Prayer for Children
08/01/2011 -- Walk this journey with children who have no remembrance of September 11, 2001, but who will see images and hear stories of the devastating loss of that day in the weeks leading up to the 10th Anniversary. We may not be able to answer all of their question...
- United Methodist Women in Mission Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
07/27/2011 -- The year 2010 is an important time to lift up the heritage and future of United Methodist Women in mission. This year marks two special anniversaries. One hundred years ago in Edinburgh, Scotland, Protestant mission societies gathered from around th...
- United Methodist Women in Mission Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (Part 2 of 2)
07/27/2011 -- The year 2010 is an important time to lift up the heritage and future of United Methodist Women in mission. This year marks two special anniversaries. One hundred years ago in Edinburgh, Scotland, Protestant mission societies gathered from around the worl...
- In the Quest for Forgiveness and Reconciliation: A Challenge for Women in Kamina/DR Congo
07/27/2011 -- Used by permission: De Gruchy introduces the notion of reconciliation in the light of the South African experience of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a body which promoted the rebirth of the South African nation.
- Responsively Yours: Children of God Wage Peace
07/08/2011 -- If we as women of the church are to find ways to “wage peace,” we will need to change our ways of thinking and seeing.
- Prayers From Duluth
07/08/2011 -- A newly retired woman finds another home for her faith and mission.
- Disarming Might, Reconciling Enemies, Loving Resistance
07/08/2011 -- What lessons might we in churches learn about the task of reconciliation from these recent popular uprisings? Reconciliation takes place from the bottom up.
- Malawi Women Battle Hunger
07/08/2011 -- With little money, many Malawians go hungry despite a corn surplus.
- Prayers for Sudan
07/06/2011 -- Join in an ecumenical effort to raise our voices and offer our prayers for the sake of the Sudanese people, for the uniting of the strong peacemakers in Sudan and for peace among differences of region and religion.
- Issumagijoujungnianermik: From the Eskimo - "not being able to think about it or remember it any more."
07/05/2011 -- Issumagijoujungnianermik is not a commonly used word. Its use imparts a special kind of forgiveness on the part of the speaker to the recipient. When this word is used, the offender is forgiven to the point in which the offended will never again bring u...
- Ubuntu Day of Service Took Kit
07/05/2011 -- Plan a Day of Service! Download the toolkit (PDF, 32 pp) from MinistryWith.org
- Harford School for Girls: Video on YouTube
06/23/2011 -- For more than 100 years Harford School has been preparing girls in Sierra Leone for leadership. This video was produced for response, June 2011 issue, the magazine of United Methodist Women. Video and photos by Nile Sprague.
- Voices: A Transformative Leadership Event
06/23/2011 -- Las participantes en el evento—coordinadores de idiomas y presidentas conferénciales—vinieron de 34 conferencias a través de los Estados Unidos. Entre las presentes se identificaron 10 idiomas, incluyendo inglés.
- Dames in Action
06/23/2011 -- One of the most formative experiences of my faith journey was my participation in Dames in Action, my church’s teen circle of United Methodist Women.
- Glitter, Glue and Barbecue
06/23/2011 -- Hints of glitter can still be found months after Pikeville United Methodist Women’s “Bazaar That Reaches Far,” a fundraising bazaar for missions held at Pikeville United Methodist Church in Pikeville, Tenn.
- My Understanding of Mission
06/23/2011 -- Keynote Address at Voices: A Transformative Leadership Event for United Methodist Women Language Coordinators and Presidents.
- Rosa Valdez Early Childhood Learning Center
06/23/2011 -- A Mission Giving supported Christian preschool providing developmentally appropriate child care and early school readiness in conjunction with family support services.
- United Methodist Women UNiTE to End Global Violence Against Women
06/22/2011 -- The UNiTE campaign was launched in 2008 by United Nations (U.N.) Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to influence laws and policies, mobilize the public and partner with governments and organizations to end violence against women.
- Responsively Yours: Ready for Our Next 100 Years in Mission
06/20/2011 -- Directors of Women’s Division and Global Ministries have both risen to the moment and approved a new proposal for working together in the future.
- It’s About Relationships
06/20/2011 -- response talks with young women about their involvement in United Methodist Women.
- The Peacemakers
06/20/2011 -- JustPeace Center equips the church to engage conflict head on with love
- Waging Peace with Prayer and Action
06/13/2011 -- During the summer months of Schools of Christian Mission until International Day of Peace on September 21, 2011, you are invited to participate in Prayers and Actions for Peace as an expression of reconciliation.
- Monitoring News Coverage of Religion in Mainstream News Media
06/13/2011 -- We are inviting you to monitor how mainstream media cover religion.
- Farming Uphill in Haiti
06/10/2011 -- For the better part of two centuries, since Haiti gained independence from France in 1804, the indescribably resilient people of rural Haiti have been forced to farm uphill, both literally and figuratively.
- Ecotourism: A Way Forward in Haiti?
06/09/2011 -- Can ecotourism provide a path to sustainable development in Haiti?
- Fact or Fiction? Five Myths About Haiti
06/09/2011 -- Here are five of the most common misperceptions about Haiti and some alternate perspectives that come closer to the truth.
- Poverty in the Midst of American Prosperity
06/02/2011 -- Impoverished Americans in cities and in the country continue to struggle to understand one another, yet the federal government makes no distinction when accessing who is impoverished. With the richest 10 percent of Americans holding two-thirds of the coun...
- Haitian Methodist Women and Men Making a Difference
06/02/2011 -- Local Haitians are the unsung heroines and heroes of the earthquake recovery story. Here are portraits of a few Haitians, Methodist sisters and brothers, who in the words of LeGrace Benson, “have been rehearsing and performing this theater since that firs...
- The Paradoxes of the Haitian Diaspora
06/02/2011 -- This article examines these three paradoxes, often caused by government immigration policies for Haitians who live scattered.
- 2010 Conference Financial Report
06/01/2011 -- These numbers reflect the total giving of United Methodist Women members for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010.
- Cordialmente Suya: Preparadas para Nuestros Próximos 100 Años en Misión
06/01/2011 -- ¡Este es un buen momento para ser miembro de las Mujeres Metodistas Unidas!
- Korean/PDF. Responsively Yours: Ready for Our Next 100 Years in Mission
06/01/2011 -- Directors of Women’s Division and Global Ministries have both risen to the moment and approved a new proposal for working together in the future.
- Environmental Justice: Just Words, or Haiti's Key to Capacity?
05/27/2011 -- The 2010 earthquake in Haiti presented humanitarian workers with one of their most complex and difficult emergencies. The response to immediate needs must be accomplished with an eye toward fair and just long-term development. Capacity building must outwe...
- Reframing Recovery to Achieve Environmental Justice in Haiti
05/27/2011 -- During its 21-year occupation of Haiti, the United States concentrated nearly all economic resources and investments in the capital city, Port-au-Prince. Haiti's other population centers and rural areas received few benefits, spurring a severe decline in ...
- Introduction to 'The Journey'
05/25/2011 -- Glory Dharmaraj introduces 'The Journey' web supplement.
- Same Difference: A Study Guide to Facilitate Interfaith Dialogue
05/24/2011 -- Called to Be Neighbors and Witnesses: Matthew 22:37–39; Truth-telling and Listening: Mark 14:17–18; Rehumanizing the Other: Matthew 22:38–39, Matthew 6:12; Called to the Ministry of Reconciliation: 2 Corinthians 5:16–20, Matthew 5:9
- Restorative Justice: Moving Beyond Punishment
05/24/2011 -- This mission study from 2002 is a response to the call of The United Methodist Church to focus upon Restorative Justice ministries in light of the prison-industrial complex, and offers a vision of restoration and healing over isolation and punishment.
- Anne Gallagher's Forgiveness Story
05/23/2011 -- Listen to Anne Gallagher's story of forgiveness as a nurse in the midst of the English-Irish turmoil in Belfast, Ireland.
- Listen to "In Your Shoes" by Jenny Youngman
05/20/2011 -- MP3 audio companion piece to Forgiveness and Reconciliaton - the 2011 spiritual growth youth study.
- The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII)
05/19/2011 -- This year is the 10th anniversary of the creation of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), which will be held May 16–27, 2011, at the United Nations (U.N.) headquarters in New York City.
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