United Methodist Women




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.

Dear Sisters in Christ,

I am very honored and excited to serve as your new Conference President.   I look forward to sharing in ministry with you in the coming year.  I would like to briefly introduce myself and tell you a little about the significance that United Methodist Women has played in my life.

I have spent most of my life in the Willamette valley of Oregon and currently live in Dallas in the Cascadia District, but I have lived on the high desert in south central Oregon, and in the coastal town of Astoria.  I’ve learned to appreciate the vastness, diversity, and beauty of our Conference.

I am a recently retired teacher.  For 10 years of my career, I taught English Language Development (ELD) to second language learners in a high poverty, ethnically diverse elementary school. What an incredible experience I had working with these students and their families!  Through that experience, I learned to appreciate the priority that United Methodist Women places on equitable public education for children of color, and racial injustice issues.

United Methodist Women is an important part of my life.  Everywhere that I have lived, I have always found a welcoming, supportive community in the local UMW unit. Over the years, I have had the privilege to serve as an elected leader at the local, the district, and the conference levels of United Methodist Women.  It has been an amazing experience to be a part of the sisterhood of United Methodist Women, who are all focused on mission with women, children, and youth. United Methodist Women is continually pushing and prodding me to expand my concepts of mission.  

The transforming experiences that I have had as a member of UMW is available to all women! It is my prayer that we will continually seek new ways of being in mission and turning faith, hope and love into action on behalf of women, children, and youth around the world. 

Chris Mitchell 

Conference President, United Methodist Women


We have a new, secure way to give online - either Pledge to Mission or World Thank Offering.  This is what you will see when you click on the link below:


Two pictures will appear with the two options for giving.  Click on the red button below the picture of where you want your offering to go.  That will take you to the site to complete your donation.


District Leadership Training Event (DLTE) will be virtual and will be arranged separately by each leadership position.  

Now is the time to plan to attend Assembly 2022.


Imagine seeing thousands of women united again in one place and time where hope is in the air. Women ready to heal, ready to celebrate and ready to act.


At ASSEMBLY 2022 we will TURN IT UP! for spiritual healing and renewal.

We will TURN IT UP! for rebirth in a new time.

We will TURN IT UP! for women leaders.

We will TURN IT UP! for justice for women, children and youth


There are a few things you should know if you are thinking of attending either in person or virtually.

• September 1, 2021: Early Registration fee: $330, which includes lunch on Friday and Saturday) Virtual Registration fee: $199. Ubuntu Day of Service, additional cost of $75, is May 19,2022.

• November 30, 2021: Early Registration closes and the fee becomes $365. Virtual Registration fee becomes $235

• April 11, 2022: General and Virtual Registration Closes

• September 1. 2021: Housing registration must be made through Orchid events starting September 1st.

A block of rooms will be held for Oregon-Idaho Conference UMW until December 1, 2021. The rate for single or double is $158 per night plus tax. Shuttle service will be provided between the hotel and convention center. There is a pedestrian skybridge available from the Rosen Plaza to the convention center. There will be a reservation housing button on the registration form at Assembly2022.org. You will receive a confirmation email upon completion. Please do not contact hotel directly, they are not able to take reservations, everything is booked through Orchid Events.

Can't join us in Orlando? Then join us from your living room! Assembly 2022 has both in-person and online experiences allowing even more women to participate and Turn it Up! Virtual attendees get access to all five Community Gatherings, one workshop on Friday and Saturday, exclusive behind-the-scenes speaker interviews, sisterhood networking, and more. Knowing you no longer pay for travel, hotel, and meals - this is a great bargain for the low early registration price of $199.

If you have questions, please contact Turella Woods, the Conference Assembly Liaison, at turellaw@gmail.com or (503) 318-8711.

Lean more about it HERE - including guest speakers, as they are announced.



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 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.

Our Conference has set a goal of 20 new Legacy Builders by the end of 2021.  Will you help us reach our goal?  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:

   • Complete the information on the Legacy Builder return envelope and mail it to the national office . . . OR

   • You can make an online gift on our secure website: unitedmethodistwomen.org/Legacy Builders . . . 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

For more information, click HERE or HERE

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Becoming and Being a

Healthy Vital Unit Program - September 2021

Hot off the presses, here is the September 2021 revision of the Healthy, Vital Unit Form

Download it HERE.

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LogoLegacy 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.

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National United Methodist Women Handbook 2021-2024

Changes to Standing Rules

These changes to the Conference Standing Rules were approved at the Annual Meeting in October.  If you have questions, please contact Ann Murchison.

Conference 2021 Standing Rules

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