Stories on where your money goes from the official magazine of United Methodist Women, Response.
Women Face Challenges of South Sudan
12/01/2013 response senior correspondent Paul Jeffrey gave readers an intimate look at several aspects of life in Sudan, including the Darfur region and the new nation of South Sudan when the area was the focus of United Methodist Women’s geographic mission study in 2009 and 2010. Since then, he has continued to visit the region to report on its progress and its humanitarian crises. This month Mr. Jeffrey introduces us to three women whose very different lives reflect some of the region’s current challenges
12/01/2013 Passion is the overriding energy that flows from the Brooks-Howell Home, a United Methodist Women-owned facility in Asheville, N.C., for retired United Methodist missionaries and deaconesses. The more than 100 residents are relieved of the responsibilities and schedules of employment but never from their Christian vocation of service.
Developing Women Leaders in Liberia
11/25/2013 Alfreda Anderson is national coordinator of United Methodist Women of the Liberia Annual Conference and was my host when I represented U.S. United Methodist Women on a relationship-building trip to that West African country in September. Liberia United Methodist Women was founded in 1947 and today is responsible for women’s activities and mission outreach in 21 districts.
Cookson Hills: Where God Changes People
10/29/2013 When Laurie Rowell started abusing drugs, she knew it was time to quit her job as a nurse. She didn’t want to go to work while high and put her patients’ lives at risk, but quitting work just gave her more time to use drugs. Her life went downhill fast, and soon she was arrested on drug charges.
Surviving Domestic Violence
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
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
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.
The Feet That Bring Good News
08/14/2013 In Ephesians 6:15, we’re instructed to put shoes on our feet so that we are ready to spread the good news of peace (Common English Bible). This is the one piece of equipment that is not listed with a spiritual counterpart. This is concrete, understandable preparation.
A Jewel For Peace
08/14/2013 Across the street from the United Nations alongside midtown Manhattan’s high rises and luxury hotels sits the Church Center for the United Nations, a 50-year-old jewel dedicated to peace and justice for all of the world’s people.
Responsively Yours: What Does Good News Look Like?
07/01/2013 Good news is people of faith speaking words of truth and peace to quell a climate of polarization and name calling that maintains division. Good news is that God has a message of peace.
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