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United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose PURPOSE is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.
Following the 2019 Special Session General Conference, I think it is essential to affirm an inclusive community. As Conference President of United Methodist Women Oregon-Idaho, I echo the statement by the Rev. Donna Pritchard, chair of the Western Jurisdiction Leadership Team and member of the Special Commission for A Way Forward. Excerpts from her statement include:
"We have long appreciated the richness of the global diversity of our United Methodist Church and have embraced opportunities to join with you all in the work of making disciples for the transformation of the world
....we in the West have been functioning for years as One Church committed to full inclusion, seeking to be a home for all God’s people....we worship a God who tells us that the body of Christ has many parts, all equally valued. Rooted in Wesleyan tradition, grounded in Scripture and committed to mission and ministry, the Western Jurisdiction intends to continue to be one church, fully inclusive and open to all God’s children, across the theological and social spectrum....We know from experience we are stronger when we live together as progressives, traditionalists and centrists in our Church."
She notes that the leadership of the Western Jurisdiction will meet in two weeks and will not move from this stand. "...We are not leaving, and we are not changing."
For 150 years United Methodist Women have worked for inclusion, affirming the sacred worth of each individual. We shall continue that work, pray for the leadership of the Western Jurisdiction, and discern a way forward for United Methodist Women in the Oregon-Idaho Conference, for our sisters in faith across the United States, and for our missions that encircle the globe.
Becky Warren, Conference President
Mission u 2019
Mission u is fast approaching! Have you made note of it? Do you plan to attend? I hope so because this will be very a special Mission u.
Your study leaders – Evelyn Erbele and Carole Sullivan for “Practicing Resurrection: The Gospel of Mark and Radical Discipleship,” Rochelle Killette for “What About Our Money?” and Lory Neser for “Women United for Change,” have been working hard. They’ve each put in many hours of reading and study to bring you the best that each class has to offer and to stretch you intellectually and spiritually. The church locations for each Mission u are excited and looking forward to hosting you and showing you radical hospitality.
2019 Dates and Locations are:
Boise First UMC, Boise, ID - July 12-13
Lake Oswego UMC, Lake Oswego, OR – July 19-20
Roseburg UMC, Roseburg, OR - August 2-3
Burley UMC, Burley, ID - August 9-10
All Mission u schools begin at 12:30pm Friday & end at 4:30pm on Saturday
Registration: To register and pay online, go to the Mission u page on this website (in the black menu box on the left) . If you’d like to register with a paper registration and check, you can download and print the registration form HERE. The registration fee for this year is $80 and covers dinner on Friday night and lunch on Saturday, but no lodging.
A NOTE OF IMPORTANCE: You will need to order your study books ahead of Mission u. No study books will be available for sale during Mission u due to a change in policy by the Mission Resource Center. You may order Kindle versions through Amazon at www.amazon.com or paper versions through the Mission Resource Center at http://www.umwresourcecenter.org.
For more detailed information, go to the Mission u page on this website.
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