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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 waited patiently for the Lord to help me,
and he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the pit of despair,
out of the mud and the mire.
He set my feet on solid ground
and steadied me as I walked along.
He has given me a new song to sing,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see what he has done and be amazed.
They will put their trust in the Lord.
- Psalm 40: 1-3
- New Living Translation
We are sighing and groaning and wondering and searching. And we are praying. Maybe not long prayers. Maybe all we can find ourselves saying is “Help” or “Thanks” or “Wow” — “Three Essential Prayers” suggested by writer Anne Lamott. Right now, we may be centered on “Help”.
The Rev. Kim Shields, in a Facebook post, says that perhaps a good place to begin is “by praying for all of our leaders, both those we agree with and those we do not. Pray for their health. Pray for their hearts. Pray that they might be led by God’s Spirit. Pray that they make wise choices. Pray that they may be open to hearing other voices and have the courage to do what is right. And while you are at it pray the same thing for me and for yourself. Prayer changes things and I know of nothing I can do that will be more effective than that.”
A friend is “praying the news”. She is watching and listening to news accounts and then lifting her response to God. Help. She is recognizing that peacemakers are resolved to work for justice and mercy. Thanks. She is faithful believing that light overcomes darkness, that God longs for justice, and that we, through our “trust in the Lord” and our actions, are disciples working to transform the world. Wow.
Becky Warren, Conference President
City Club of Boise honors Chehey for civic engagement
BOISE — The City Club of Boise on Wednesday honored Elinor Chehey with the Stimpson Award for Civic Engagement, recognizing her for five decades of work as an avid community volunteer, church leader, and longtime force in the League of Women Voters of Idaho.
Chehey, currently the League’s treasurer, has long focused on voter service activities through the League, from establishing a citizens commission to handle reapportionment of legislative districts to organizing candidate forums and debates and working for openness in government. She’s been an active part of the Idaho Debates, co-sponsored by the League with the Idaho Press Club and Idaho Public Television, since its inception in the 1970s, often serving as the debate time-keeper. In addition, Chehey is an active volunteer with her church, her neighborhood association and Interfaith Sanctuary.
“I feel it’s important for people to know something about who they’re voting for, beyond just what they put in their advertisements and telling us what they want to tell us,” Chehey said during a virtual awards ceremony on Wednesday.
She was lauded for her “calm, tact and determination,” for being one of “these folks who work quietly in the background,” and for making “a consistent contribution to the civic life of the state for decades.”
The Stimpson Award for Civic Engagement is the City Club of Boise’s highest honor. Past recipients have included:
• former Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa
• Congressman Mike Simpson
• Idaho Conservation League Executive Director Rick Johnson for the league’s work on the Boulder-White Clouds wilderness
• former Boise State University President Bob Kustra
• BSU political scientist emeritus Jim Weatherby
Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.
The Committee on Charter for Racial Justice Policies rhas provided a list of resources on the Doctrine of Discovery, Act of Repentance, and Manifest Destiny. Most are accessible online and all pertain to the history of the forced subjugation of Indigenous lands and people. Members of the Committee believe that the knowledge, perspective, and understanding in these resources are paths to justice and ethnic equity. Find the complete list of resource on the Charter for Racial Justice page.
The video recording of our 2020 Jurisdiction Celebration and Installation Service from September 15, 2020 is available for viewing online and sharing with your Conference.
Please click on the link below:
The Jurisdiction Celebration is on our Jurisdiction page:
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The Charter for Racial Justice Committee supports the celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day on October 12 and proposes a careful, complete reading of this annual report of the Committee on Native American Ministry (CONAM) prepared by Eva Johnson, CONAM Chair and UMW member from Salem, Oregon. (see Charter for Racial Justice page)
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.
Carol Richard, Resource Room Managers
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