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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.
...”I submitted to be more vile,” John Wesley wrote in his Journal on April 2, 1739. This resolve seems unlikely coming from a religious leader, but viewed contextually the sentiment reflects Wesley’s ardent faith and independent spirit. At that time social strictures looked down upon outdoor preaching but Wesley balked at the criticism declaring, “[I] proclaimed in the highway the glad tidings of salvation, speaking from a little eminence in a ground adjoining to the city, to about three thousand people.”
While the definition of “vile” includes morally base or evil; depraved; mean -- said of conditions, situations, etc., Wesley’s resolution flew in the face of what was considered acceptable, effective, or holy. Preaching was to come from the pulpit, a perch above the pews -- not outdoors where the poor trod, distraction lurked, the masses gathered, and diseases bred indiscriminately.
This is my revelation: United Methodist Women do need to follow in Wesley’s proverbial footsteps and “be more vile.” Refusing to be bound by senseless expectations and regulations, we venture to those “little eminences,” organizing for mission in mean conditions, depraved situations, and vilifying circumstances ...
Until poverty, violence, inequality, racism, preventable deaths cease,
until women and children are no longer marginalized,
until we live in a world in which all thrive.
Becky Warren, Conference President
Applications for the 2019/2020 Gertrude Boyd Crane Scholarship are now available. Go to: https://www.umoi.org/cranescholarship
The 2018 Gertrude Boyd Crane Scholarship for $2,100 was awarded to MiKyung Park as she pursues a Master of Divinity degree at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.
The two recipients of Zimmerman Grants reflect the grant’s purpose of leadership development of Native American or African American programs.
The Rev. Allen Buck wrote, “We exceeded our goals and more than half of the 33 kids were not connected to any faith community. They were new to us.... We appreciate the United Methodist Women for helping make it possible.”
The second recipient is a Cross Culture through the Woodlawn Multicultural Impact Collective to provide funds to compensate an African-American pastoral intern.
Charter for Racial Justice Awards
Three recipients recently received the 2018 Charter for Racial Justice Award from United Methodist Women, Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference. Two were presented at Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference in June, and the third later. “To live the Charter is to recognize that Racial Justice is a biblical, leadership, community, and public policy issue.”
One recipient was the Rev. Linda Tucker, Medford UMC, Medford, OR. Rev. Tucker has confronted inappropriate and unjust racist behavior and acted as a witness to the belief that all children, “no matter what their race,” are loved by God.
A second recipient was the Rev. Adam Briddell from First UMC, Eugene, OR. Rev. Briddell works tirelessly with community leaders to eradicate the root causes of racism - including racism that results in homelessness and violence against women. He is involved in the Sanctuary movement, encourages the church community to participate in local marches, and through his work with the congregation’s Covenant Council, and support groups and in his sermons, to quote the letter of nomination, “leads us in how to use our feet and our voices to bring about a safer, more just world for all.”
On Sunday, July 29, at Wilshire United Methodist Church Native American Fellowship, Trish Jordan received the third Charter for Racial Justice Award. Eighteen years ago Trish Jordan began her work in religious services with the Oregon Department of Corrections and saw the need to advocate for Native American women who are entangled within the criminal justice system. Discerning the need for non-profit advocacy, she brought the organization, Red Lodge Transition Services, into a 501(c)(3) status in 2007. Trish currently serves as the Executive Director.
Red Lodge Transition Services (RLTS) provides “authentic cultural programming” in 11 out of 14 Oregon State prisons and one jail, serving over 800 individuals -- women and men -- each year. One aspect of it is the prison art program where Native American artists are featured on calendars, cards, and prints.
Red Lodge Transition Center for Women opened in Oregon City in 2017. Through a holistic, Native-led grass roots curriculum that promotes “wholesome values, and responsible earth practices,” women examine issues including identity and values, survival skills, financial management, healthy relationships, goal setting, and healthy eating/cooking.
Upon receiving the award, Trish Jordan expressed gratitude for the support Wilshire UMC-Native American Fellowship has demonstrated over the years with its clothes closet for women leaving prison; for United Methodist Women and their District-wide backpack/luggage drive filled with clothes and necessities and provided to women leaving prison; and to United Methodist Women Oregon-Idaho who provided RLTS with its first grant -- $500.
Featured in the photograph: Roz Collins, Program Advisory Group; Trish Jordan, Award Recipient; and Becky Warren, Conference President, United Methodist Women.
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