Marjorie Hurder is a missionary through the US-2 young adult program of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. Commissioned in August 2011, she is assigned to Crossroads Urban Center in Salt Lake City, Utah in the Rocky Mountain Annual Conference.
US-2 missionaries are young adults who serve two-year terms in the United States. Their work, often with the poor, integrates faith and justice as they learn from and walk with communities in their struggles to address systematic injustice and human suffering.
Crossroads Urban Center provides services to low income people and engages in public policy advocacy on behalf of those living in poverty. It coordinates the efforts of the Anti-Hunger Action Committee and the Homeless Opportunities and Rights Network. It is also a major participant in the Utah Coalition of Religious Communities, which addresses a broad range of issues affecting the poor. Marjorie serves as a legislative intern for the coalition and does community organizing on behalf of the center's goals.
Crossroads is a national mission institution related to the Women's Division of the General Board of Global Ministries.
Marjorie Hurder is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in the Louisiana Annual Conference. She is a member of University United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge and was active in the Parkway Heights United Methodist Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, while she was enrolled in the University of Southern Mississippi there. She worked with children at Parkway Heights and as an intern at the university's Wesley Foundation. Her Bachelor of Arts degree is in history.
Marjorie grew up in the church. She recalls: "I was introduced to the concept of Jesus Christ as a baby in a manger under the Christmas tree and as a fellow who could do such neat things as walk on water, feed 5,000 people with one kid's lunch, and turn water into wine. Yes, I prayed and went to youth groups, and mission trips, but I never felt particularly close to Jesus as anything more than an abstract concept.
"Once I got to college, though, I formed relationships with people who had much closer relationships to Jesus than I did…I experienced the love that comes from growing in relationship with others and with God. I met nuns in Miami who dedicated their lives to serving the homeless. I met homeless people who served their fellow men and women. [I learned] that Jesus loves us beyond all our comprehension and expects us to share that love with the world in unexpected and radical ways."
Strongly influenced by the staff and program of the Wesley Foundation in Hattiesburg, Marjorie attended a discernment retreat of the General Board of Global Ministries and felt the call to mission service, especially in ministry with the poor.
During her US-2 period, she hopes to discern God's ongoing call and "to explore how I can use the experience to help further God's kingdom and be in mission with the poor."
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