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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.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all, will be able to separate us from the love of God is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” - Romans 8:38
Add “virtual” to the list of conditions that cannot separate us from the love of God. A definition of “virtual” is “something that exists in essence but not in actuality.” At a virtual meeting, we are not actually in the same room, but we in United Methodist Women are essentially present for Our Purpose.
For almost a year, virtual gatherings are nurturing our knowledge of God and, in isolation, are helping us “experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ.” We attend Bible Studies, worship services, spiritual retreats, Every Member Enrichment Events, and Mission u classes.
And while we may not be able to gather en masse, we continue to “develop a creative, supportive fellowship” by taking time to make calls, send notes, hold circle meetings, and pray for one another.
And about expanding concepts of mission, we have met missionaries virtually whose acquaintance we would never have made in person. We send pledge to mission money to National, ship supplies to mission institutions and local agencies, make prayer shawls and quilts, and attend legislative advocacy days.
Within this fellowship we tackle books that address racism, sex trafficking, poverty, and climate justice; we protest and demonstrate (there is a difference); we talk with legislators; and we write letters. There is no issue that God ignores and United Methodist Women, in living their Purpose, use all the tools they can — even the virtual ones.
Becky Warren, Conference President
United Methodist Women - United Methodist Women Reiterates the "Call to Stop Criminalizing Communities of Color in the United States"
The killing of unarmed Daunte Wright by a Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, police officer during a misdemeanor traffic stop is the latest in a too-long list of extrajudicial killings of Black people. This tragic event happened as the trial for police officer Derek Chauvin in the extrajudicial killing of George Floyd during an arrest for a misdemeanor offense is underway in nearby Minneapolis.
The recording from Columbia District's EMEE, Creation Justice - Caring for the Earth, is available on the Columbia District page.
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The Charter for Racial Justice Committee of the Oregon-Idaho Conference United Methodist Women is also seeking nominees for the annual RACIAL JUSTICE AWARD. Learn more on the Charter for Racial Justice page.
Applications are also available for the 2021 Isobel F. Zimmerman Grant Program . Read more on the Zimmerman Trust Grant page.
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We're all stuck inside - curl up with a good book
Here are some Reading Program books related to African American/Black History Month:
The entire 2021 Reading Program book list is now available. You can find the list on the United Methodist Women website.
Carol Richard, Resource Room Managers
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