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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.
During this time when many of us are subject to stay-at-home regulations and recommendations, I find solace in this hermit-like existence although I abhor the cause of it. From the book shelf I reach for The Forgotten Desert Mothers by Laura Swan and several of her statements leap off the page:
- “Christian monasticism began in the home.”
- The desert mothers “cultivated simplicity in their lifestyle,…and they sought to be mindful and intentional about their actions.”
- And a particularly relevant thought by an ascetic: “I do not view monasticism as a retreat from the world but as an entry into its beating heart.”
Most of us are spending more time at home these days. This is an enforced “simplicity” resulting from cancelled meetings and closures. The isolation is not by choice. We would rather be planning Palm Sunday and Easter services and packing for the Western Jurisdiction Quadrennial Event in Tempe rescheduled for September 11-13, 2020. Except for the news from media and friends, we have retreated to an imposed isolation that we could regard as a type of monasticism.
You know where I am going with this. We may be physically in retreat but United Methodist Women are monitoring the world’s “beating heart”, praying for the sick and those who are tending them, calling friends, responding to Action Alerts, donating supplies, making quilts, knitting prayer shawls, and helping neighbors. We are using technology and social media to convene meetings, to hold Bible studies, to receive daily homilies, and to worship.
The “creative and supportive fellowship” we avow in UMW helps carry us through these uncharted waters through partnered prayer and shared scriptures. The lectionary readings in the Prayer Calendar bind us together through common scripture and missional work throughout the world. Take the words of Yabes Manokaran who is serving in Mexico: “God showed me a way of embodying the Gospel in my new community and equipped me for this task.”
God is showing us the way. From our homes we can embody the Gospel in this new situation. With God’s help we are equipped to be mindful and intentional participants. We are isolated but never alone.
Becky Warren, Conference President
Due to the Corona Virus, there will not be a
face-to-face Mission u this summer.
However, United Methodist Women National is developing a webinar of the Spiritual Growth study Finding Peace in an Anxious World. When that has been completed, it would allow people to participate in the study in one of 3 ways:
Participate in the webinar virtually
Stream/access it a later time when it has been posted online, and view on your own
Meet as a unit or cluster or District (once that can safely happen) to participate using a combination of the webinar and small group discussion.
While we don’t have more details yet, you will be kept informed as we learn more.
What you CAN DO while you wait if order your study book: Finding Peace in an Anxious World edited by Erin James-Brown at https://www.umwmissionresources.org/shopping_product_detail.asp?pid=53481
Also, for those who were planning on taking the study "Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools", please know that this study will be offered next year (2021) at Mission u.
Your Mission u team asks for your prayers and patience as we determine how to bring Mission u to you in this new format.
Application Deadline Extended to June 1
Oregon-Idaho United Methodist Women
2020 Isobel F. Zimmerman Grant Program
The Oregon-Idaho Conference of the United Methodist Women Charter for Racial Justice Committee is offering a competitive grant program for monies from the Isobel F. Zimmerman Trust Fund. This grant is awarded for for programs directed toward leadership development of Native Americans or African Americans or in support of a Women’s Division (now United Methodist Women) Foreign Mission Project. $2000 is available for 2020.
Deadline for applications has been reset to JUNE 1, 2020. Completed forms are to be sent to Rebecca Warren, Chair of the Committee on Charter for Racial Justice Policies. Submissions via both post and e-mail are appropriate. All applications will be acknowledged upon receipt.
What Can We Do About Covid 19?
United Methodist Women members are responding the Coronavirus pandemic by supporting our households, our congregations and communities, and ourselves while also reaffirming our commitment to Social Justice Advocacy for women, youth and children. The pandemic has made visible the fractures in our society, where the most marginal communities are already being hard hit.
We're all stuck inside - curl up with a good book
The 2020 Reading Program book list is now available. You can find the list on the United Methodist Women website.
Ann Murchison and Carol Richard, Resource Room Managers
May 2020 mini edition of Our Two Cents. Download it HERE
Spring 2020 edition of Our Two Cents - our conference newsletter - is now available. Download it HERE
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