United Methodist Women



United Methodist Women has a new name and a new logo -

United Women in Faith

Our Purpose

    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.


  

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN

                       now

      UNITED WOMEN IN FAITH 

  

Dear Sisters in Christ,

We are now United Women in Faith

In more than 150 years in mission, we’ve had more than 25 name changes….Ladies Aid Society, Women’s Home Missionary Society, Women’s Foreign Missionary Society, Wesleyan Service Guild, Women’s Society of Christian Service, to name a few. Our last name change was in 1972 when the name United Methodist Women was adopted, signaling a change in the life of the church and in how we organized for mission.  Today, we again face changes in the life of the church and in how women live and choose to engage in the world in faith.  Thus, it’s time to take on a new name.

What has NOT changed: 

  • We remain the official women’s organization of the United Methodist Church, training women for leadership, growing spiritually, transforming through education, and providing opportunities for service and advocacy.  

  • Our legal name is still United Methodist Women and our Purpose is unchanged.  We are women in mission who follow God’s call for our time.

  • Our Vision is always to put our faith, hope, and love into action. 

Our updated mission remains basically the same: 

  • United Women in Faith seeks to connect and nurture women through Christian spiritual formation, leadership development, creative fellowship, and education so that they can inspire, influence and impact local and global communities.

What has changed:

  • We have a new name

  • We are in the process of developing new programs designed to better nurture current members, and to welcome new women into our sisterhood.

  • We have a new logo that features the new name of United Women in Faith next to a Christian cross in muted yellow, blue, orange, and green.  This logo reflects our forward-looking faith and the diversity of our organization and of God’s world.

  • We have a newly created national website:  www.uwfaith.org.  This new website is full of wonderful resources and information. Take time explore this website, watch the website video, and discover the fresh new look of United Women in Faith.

Dixie and I are excited to be on this journey of change and we encourage you to embrace the change with us.  God is calling us as United Women in Faith to continue to discover new ways to put love into action to change the world.

Chris Mitchell-Conference President

Dixie Jacky-National Program Advisory Group (PAG) representative

 


 

United Methodist Women is now United Women in Faith!

The move . . . includes a new logo and an array of new and improved programs to nurture current members and welcome new women to join to put their love in action. . .

We've taken a new name to better reflect how we answer our calling today.  It's an exhilarating time as we commit to even greater inclusivity, action and impact.  We remain women of passion and power, united by God's love in our mission to support women, children and youth.

The organization remains incorporated in New York as United Methodist Women as United Methodist Women and is doing business as United Women in Faith.

The Purpose remains the purpose. Our structure remains the same (just with more ways to join in the work). The core of who we are remains the same.

We’ve been around for 153 years now—not because we stay the same but because we’re willing to follow God’s call to new places. We are love in action. We are a faith-driven sisterhood ready to change the world. You are a crucial part of a bright future.

United Women in Faith seeks to connect and nurture women through Christian spiritual formation, leadership development, creative fellowship, and education so that they can inspire, influence and impact local and global communities.

 Driven by God’s love and united in sisterhood, we work to improve the lives of women, children and youth. Every day, we show up. We take action. We get it done. And we invite you to join us. 

 
   

Learn more in the latest March/April edition of response magazine (the digital issue of response is free for everyone, via this link


United Women in Faith Voices Alarm at Possible Overturning of Roe v Wade

 

As a leading Christian women’s organization committed to the needs of women, children, and youth, United Women in Faith must voice alarm at the possibility of women losing the Constitutional right to legal abortion guaranteed by the Supreme Court’s precedent-setting Roe v Wade decision. Overturning Roe could also endanger the right to privacy that should also protect women from being prosecuted for a miscarriage and affords women access to widely used, safe, and legal contraceptives.

Over the years, The United Methodist Church has crafted a carefully nuanced position on abortion that calls us to respect both the sanctity of unborn human life and the well-being of the mother, while supporting the legal option of abortion by certified medical providers in cases of “tragic conflicts of life with life.” *

It is for this reason that, as the nation awaits the Supreme Court’s ruling on this issue, we express our concern for the lives of women and girls as more than 20 states are posed to effectively outlaw abortions in the event that Roe is overturned.

We know from women’s experiences in the United States that the banning of abortions will not end abortions. While women of financial means will travel to areas where abortion remains safe and legal, many poor and working-class women and girls will resort to unsafe procedures that could cost them their lives, which happened too often prior to the Roe decision.

We call on federal and state legislators to act to protect the lives of women and girls by codifying their right to privacy, to legal and safe contraceptives, and, in tragic conflicts of life with life, abortions. State-coerced motherhood—like state-coerced sterilization—undermines women's ability to carefully discern and follow God's calling in their lives.

Women are entitled to seek guidance in the privacy of their families and faith traditions or ethical mores in these moments. The United Methodist Church has provided such guidance for members (The United Methodist Church Book of Discipline 2016, ¶161 K)

Of course, other faith communities provide guidance as well, as is right and proper. What the court must do is guard is this fundamental right of women.

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*The United Methodist Church on Abortion

“Our belief in the sanctity of unborn human life makes us reluctant to approve abortion. But we are equally bound to respect the sacredness of the life and well-being of the mother and the unborn child. We recognize tragic conflicts of life with life that may justify abortion, and in such

cases, we support the legal option of abortion under proper medical procedures by certified medical providers. …

“The Church shall encourage ministries to reduce unintended pregnancies such as comprehensive age-appropriate sexuality education, advocacy in regard to contraception, and support of initiatives that enhance the quality of life for all women and girls around the globe.”

¶161 K, The United Methodist Church Book of Discipline

Thank you,

Susan Moberg

Corporate Secretary


Congratulations to all of us! 

Now we  have raised the bar; can we do it again or do even better?

 

 


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The Western Jurisdiction committee on nominations has the responsibility of finding women within each conference who are qualified to be in leadership positions and are willing to serve for a term of four years on the Western Jurisdiction Leadership team.  An important tool we use to do this is our Profile Sheets. 
 
Filling out the sheet doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be asked at this time, but it is important that the committee on nominations have your information for future reference. 
 
You can download the profile form HERE.


You can email your completed profile form to Lynda Montgomery at dynomont_3@msn.com (be sure to put an underscore between the t and 3) or mail it to her (address is on the bottom of the profile sheet).
 
Thanks so much on the behalf of the Western Jurisdiction Nominations Committee.
 
Lynda Montgomery,
Chair of the Nominations Committee  


                  Legacy Fund

The Legacy Fund is a permanent endowment that will support the mission outreach of future generations of United Methodist Women as they address the needs of women, children and youth of their day.

To learn more or make a donation, click here.

OR

Legacy Builder 

What is a Legacy Builder? A Legacy Builder moves forward the mission of United Methodist Women by making a monthly gift of $18.69 or more to The Legacy Endowment Fund. Your monthly gift will ensure that United Methodist Women continues to prepare future generations of women to practice mutuality in mission, working to transform the lives of women, children and youth in deeper and even more impactful ways.

Please let Lory Neser know if you sign up:  lneser@aol.com

Make a commitment of $18.69/month or more to The Legacy Endowment Fund.

You can choose to make gifts on a quarterly, semi-annual, or annual basis. You can:

   • You can make an online gift on our secure website: https://uwfaith.org/give/legacy-fund/ . . . OR

   • Text-to-Give by dialing 41444 and texting LEGACYBUILDER to set up regular payments . . . OR

   • Contact the development office at 1-800-278-7771

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Becoming and Being a

Hot off the presses, here is the March 2022 revision of the Healthy, Vital Unit Form

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