Registration still open for UMW's summer Mission u
It’s not too late to get signed up for a Mission u event in the Oregon-Idaho Conference this summer.
United Methodist Women have put together the classes and seminars on a wide range of issues in wide-ranging places for participants to learn, grow in their faith and increase fellowship. These classes are not just geared for UMW, either. Men are encouraged to attend.
“In attending Mission u people study difficult issues through faith lenses,” said Becky Warren, president of Oregon-Idaho UMW. “Often topics that are polarized in other sources, i.e., Palestine, immigration, poverty, and human sexuality are historically and prayerfully explored with scriptures from both Testaments considered.”
While registration has closed for the Boise Mission u event July 12-13, people have until July 12 (Friday) to sign up for the Lake Oswego event July 19-20. Mission u will also be held in Roseburg, Oregon, Aug. 2-3 and in Burley, Idaho, Aug. 9-10.
Warren said historically those who attended Mission u have gone back to their local churches with ideas and projects meant to engage their local congregations in climate justice or social justice. For example, Montavilla UMC’s UMW made meals “green” by conscientiously avoiding paper plates and plastic silverware. Members also assembled potluck kits to use at the shared meals. The study on poverty encouraged the continuation of the church’s food pantry.
On the conference level: After leading the study on Sudan a group of the adult learners formed a group they called "Sisters of Sudan" -- SOS, for short. This was prior to the election for the independence of South Sudan and there was concern that authorities would find reasons to cancel or delay elections. When a threat surfaced, the SOS sprang into action, called their respective national representatives, wrote the President, Secretary of State, and others, Warren said.
For a description of the classes and registration information (paper or online) go to: https://www.umoi.org/umw. All Mission u schools begin at 12:30pm Friday & end at 4:30pm on Saturday