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United Methodist Women
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.
This year Mission u is a gift; there is no registration fee! The Mission u Committee made this important decision because they:
Recognize that the past year has been unprecedented;
Know that a virtual experience creates the greatest accessibility;
Believe that Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools and Bearing Witness in the Kin-dom are essential in a time that mandates racial justice and radical hospitality; and
Feel blessed with gifted study leaders.
Usually I don’t make demands but I am making an exception for Mission u 2021.
Take advantage of this gift.
Read about Mission u in the article that follows and on the Mission u page.
Becky Warren Conference President, United Methodist Women
Due to ongoing concerns about church re-openings, Mission u 2021 will be virtual. Two session are being offered:
July 8-10 - "Pushout" led by LaVerne Lewis
"Bearing Witness in the Kin-dom" led by Rev. Jenny Hirst
July 29-31 - "Pushout" led by LaVerne Lewis
"Bearing Witness in the Kin-dom" led by Rev. Sandy Kimbrow
Participants can take one class each session.
Each Mission u session will begin with opening worship on Thursday evening and end mid-afternoon on Saturday. They will each provide 8 hours of contact time. There is no charge to attend.
You can register using either of these links:
The registration flyer also has the links for registration. You can download, print, and share it. Remember, Mission u is open to everyone - no need to be a member and men are also welcome.
The study books are available from umwmissionresources.org and Amazon and should be ordered well in advance.
The complete schedule, class descriptions, study leader bios and more information are on the Mission u page: https://www.umoi.org/umwmissionu
Discipline of students of color in Idaho and Oregon Schools
In conjunction with the Pushout study, links to information about discipline of students of color in Idaho and Oregon schools can be found of the Social Action page of this website: https://www.umoi.org/UMWsocialaction
United Methodist Women Celebrates New Juneteenth Federal Holiday
Sculpture of a freedwoman’s hand by Adrienne Isom, part of the Juneteenth Memorial Sculpture Monument at the Carver Museum in Austin, Texas.
United Methodist Women acknowledges with gratitude the signing into law of the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, adopted with overwhelming bipartisan support in both houses of Congress. The new federal holiday commemorates June 19, 1865, the day when enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, learned they were freed by the Emancipation Proclamation, two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed it into law. Juneteenth, also known as Black Independence Day and Day of Jubilee, is American history not taught in most U.S. public schools. This event, the Tulsa Race Massacre, and many other currently omitted parts of our history must be included in the curriculum so that we as Americans know our full story, the struggles of our forebearers that brought us to where we are today, and the work we must do today to live into our national pledge of liberty and justice for all.
The bipartisan support for the Juneteenth federal holiday is an encouraging sign that our leaders are open to acknowledging our nation’s true history — in its full racial diversity, injustices and all — which is a requisite part our ongoing journey to create a more perfect union together. As women of faith, we know the importance of telling the whole story as a foundation for making needed changes in our own community and in the broader society. We pray that the Juneteenth federal holiday will undergird our nation’s commitment to the ongoing work for racial justice. Our faith in Jesus’ promise that “the truth will set you free” helps us persist in this work — even when the whole story is difficult to face. May this be a step toward policies that ensure racial justice.
2021 Recipient of the Charter for Racial Justice Award
Cesie Delve Scheuermann, Salem, Oregon, is the 2021 recipient of the Charter for Racial Justice Award. Scheuermann’s vision and organizational leadership in creating a long-term virtual study on Race and Racism through Salem’s First UMC’s “Modern Christian Life” class, reflect the Beliefs and Efforts in the Charter for Racial Justice, specifically #2,#4, and #5 of the Charter’s THEREFORE statements.
Resources are videos, essays, movies, books, and speakers. Class members have studied “How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi and “The Fire Next Time” by James Baldwin. Speakers have included the new Salem Chief of Police, the President of the Salem NAACP, Curator of the Willamette Heritage Center, an Inspector General for the Oregon Department of Corrections, and Oregon State University Professor who is also a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.
To learn how you can participate, or to learn more about the study, go the the Charter for Racial Justice page.
No Applicants but $4,000 granted to projects of the UMW Regional Missionaries for leadership development and women empowerment.
The Isobel F. Zimmerman Grant Program is a competitive grant program for monies 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.” There were no applications in either 2020 or 2021 thereby making $4,000 available this year. Charged with selecting grant recipients, the Committee on Charter for Racial Justice Policies granted the $4,000 to projects of the UMW Regional Missionaries for leadership development and women empowerment. Read more HERE.
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.
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