United Women in Faith



(formerly know as United Methodist Women - see below)

Our Purpose

    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.


Dear Sisters in Christ,

      The theme for this year’s Mission u is WHO CAN WE BE TOGETHER? I have been pondering this question in light of the events that have been happening in our world recently (war, mass shootings, gridlocked legislatures, racism, disease, climate change), the division in the United Methodist Church, and the changes happening in our United Women in Faith (formerly known as United Methodist Women).

 As Conference President of United Women in Faith, I want to share a few reflections on this question: Who can we, as United Women in Faith, be together?

  1. We can be a community of women that are united by a Purpose and a belief that love in action can change the world for women, children, and youth.

  2. We can be a community that mutually respects each other’s value as a child of God.  We can create safe places where we can come together to share honestly and listen attentively.  We can agree to disagree.

  3. We can find creative ways to reach out to other women of faith and invite them to join us on the journey.  We can embrace diversity.

  4. We can be women excited to know God in new and different ways.  We can hunger to participate in vibrant spiritual growth studies, attend Soul Care retreats, Mission u studies, and challenge each other to grow in becoming whole persons through Jesus Christ.

  5. We can be willing to hear the unsettling truths of injustices from those who are different from us.

  6. We can expand our concepts of mission and find ways to work together and partner with other groups to change unjust systems and policies.

  7. We can challenge each other to go deeper in our love and care for women, children and youth, and to show care in ways that are inconvenient for us.

These are just of the few ideas that I came up with as I envisioned the potential of what the Oregon Idaho United Women in Faith can become.  We are on our way, but there is so much work still to be done.

I hope that each of you will consider joining us for our virtual Mission u this summer as we wrestle with the question:  “Who Can We Be Together?”  The dates are July 14-16 and July 29-31 and the study is based on Luke 13.  There is registration information HERE.

Always remember that love in action can change the world!

Chris Mitchell

United Women in Faith

Oregon Idaho Conference President


United Women in Faith Concerned About Women’s and Girls’ Lives as Supreme Court Overturns Roe v Wade

June 24, 2022

For Immediate Release

NEW YORK, June 24, 2022 – As a leading Christian women’s organization committed to the needs of women, children, and youth, United Women in Faith is concerned about the impact of today’s Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade, a ruling that had protected women’s rights to legal and safe abortion since 1973. We know from women’s experiences in the United States that the banning of abortions will not end abortions. Rather, women of financial means will travel to areas where abortion remains safe and legal, while many poor and working-class women and girls will resort to unsafe procedures that could cost them their lives, which happened too often prior to the Roe decision.

Over the years, The United Methodist Church has adopted a position on abortion that calls us to respect both the sanctity of unborn human life and the well-being of the mother, while supporting the legal option of abortion by certified medical providers in cases of “tragic conflicts of life with life.” *

As a matter of religious liberty in this country, women are entitled to seek guidance in the privacy of their families and faith traditions or ethical mores in these moments. Religious communities offer guidance on this issue expressly because there are so many differing opinions, questions, and circumstances. The United Methodist Church has provided such guidance for members (The United Methodist Church Book of Discipline 2016, ¶161 K). Other faith communities provide their own guidance. Women must be able to make decisions touching on the multiple lives involved in a pregnancy both because it is a fundamental right and because it is necessary to her free exercise of religious belief.

We call on federal and state legislators to act to protect the lives of women and girls by codifying their right to privacy, to legal and safe contraceptives, and, in tragic conflicts of life with life, to abortions. State-coerced motherhood — like state-coerced sterilization — undermines women’s ability to carefully discern and follow God’s calling in their lives.

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*The United Methodist Church on Abortion
“Our belief in the sanctity of unborn human life makes us reluctant to approve abortion. But we are equally bound to respect the sacredness of the life and well-being of the mother and the unborn child. We recognize tragic conflicts of life with life that may justify abortion, and in such cases, we support the legal option of abortion under proper medical procedures by certified medical providers.

“The Church shall encourage ministries to reduce unintended pregnancies such as comprehensive age-appropriate sexuality education, advocacy in regard to contraception, and support of initiatives that enhance the quality of life for all women and girls around the globe.”
—¶161 K, The United Methodist Church Book of Discipline

 

Contact: Yvette Moore, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, ymoore@umfaith.org


May 25, 2022

 

O Lord in your mercy, hear our cries for the families crushed with sorrow by the loss of their children and loved ones in yesterday’s school shooting in Texas. Lord have mercy on our nation that continues to deem this recurring murder of our school children an acceptable price of “freedom.” Lord heal our collective mind and help our politicians muster the integrity and courage to act so that we can stop this carnage and pain.   

Yvette Moore, Director of Public Relations


Native American Land Acknowledgement

 

A Native American Land Acknowledgement Priority Plan has been developed.  You can find it HERE.  This is first step on a journey of seeking reconciliation and healing with the Indigenous People.  You will also find a list of Queries for Native American Land Acknowledgement HERE.  As Todd Barrett suggested, we should allow the Spirit to take us along this journey.


 

United Methodist Women is now United Women in Faith!

The move . . . includes a new logo and an array of new and improved programs to nurture current members and welcome new women to join to put their love in action. . .

We've taken a new name to better reflect how we answer our calling today.  It's an exhilarating time as we commit to even greater inclusivity, action and impact.  We remain women of passion and power, united by God's love in our mission to support women, children and youth.

The organization remains incorporated in New York as United Methodist Women as United Methodist Women and is doing business as United Women in Faith.

The Purpose remains the purpose. Our structure remains the same (just with more ways to join in the work). The core of who we are remains the same.

We’ve been around for 153 years now—not because we stay the same but because we’re willing to follow God’s call to new places. We are love in action. We are a faith-driven sisterhood ready to change the world. You are a crucial part of a bright future.

United Women in Faith seeks to connect and nurture women through Christian spiritual formation, leadership development, creative fellowship, and education so that they can inspire, influence and impact local and global communities.

 Driven by God’s love and united in sisterhood, we work to improve the lives of women, children and youth. Every day, we show up. We take action. We get it done. And we invite you to join us. 

 
   

Learn more in the latest March/April edition of response magazine (the digital issue of response is free for everyone, via this link


United Women in Faith Voices Alarm at Possible Overturning of Roe v Wade

 

As a leading Christian women’s organization committed to the needs of women, children, and youth, United Women in Faith must voice alarm at the possibility of women losing the Constitutional right to legal abortion guaranteed by the Supreme Court’s precedent-setting Roe v Wade decision. Overturning Roe could also endanger the right to privacy that should also protect women from being prosecuted for a miscarriage and affords women access to widely used, safe, and legal contraceptives.

Over the years, The United Methodist Church has crafted a carefully nuanced position on abortion that calls us to respect both the sanctity of unborn human life and the well-being of the mother, while supporting the legal option of abortion by certified medical providers in cases of “tragic conflicts of life with life.” *

It is for this reason that, as the nation awaits the Supreme Court’s ruling on this issue, we express our concern for the lives of women and girls as more than 20 states are posed to effectively outlaw abortions in the event that Roe is overturned.

We know from women’s experiences in the United States that the banning of abortions will not end abortions. While women of financial means will travel to areas where abortion remains safe and legal, many poor and working-class women and girls will resort to unsafe procedures that could cost them their lives, which happened too often prior to the Roe decision.

We call on federal and state legislators to act to protect the lives of women and girls by codifying their right to privacy, to legal and safe contraceptives, and, in tragic conflicts of life with life, abortions. State-coerced motherhood—like state-coerced sterilization—undermines women's ability to carefully discern and follow God's calling in their lives.

Women are entitled to seek guidance in the privacy of their families and faith traditions or ethical mores in these moments. The United Methodist Church has provided such guidance for members (The United Methodist Church Book of Discipline 2016, ¶161 K)

Of course, other faith communities provide guidance as well, as is right and proper. What the court must do is guard is this fundamental right of women.

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*The United Methodist Church on Abortion

“Our belief in the sanctity of unborn human life makes us reluctant to approve abortion. But we are equally bound to respect the sacredness of the life and well-being of the mother and the unborn child. We recognize tragic conflicts of life with life that may justify abortion, and in such

cases, we support the legal option of abortion under proper medical procedures by certified medical providers. …

“The Church shall encourage ministries to reduce unintended pregnancies such as comprehensive age-appropriate sexuality education, advocacy in regard to contraception, and support of initiatives that enhance the quality of life for all women and girls around the globe.”

¶161 K, The United Methodist Church Book of Discipline

Thank you,

Susan Moberg

Corporate Secretary


Congratulations to all of us! 

Now we  have raised the bar; can we do it again or do even better?

 

 


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The Western Jurisdiction committee on nominations has the responsibility of finding women within each conference who are qualified to be in leadership positions and are willing to serve for a term of four years on the Western Jurisdiction Leadership team.  An important tool we use to do this is our Profile Sheets. 
 
Filling out the sheet doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be asked at this time, but it is important that the committee on nominations have your information for future reference. 
 
You can download the profile form HERE.


You can email your completed profile form to Lynda Montgomery at dynomont_3@msn.com (be sure to put an underscore between the t and 3) or mail it to her (address is on the bottom of the profile sheet).
 
Thanks so much on the behalf of the Western Jurisdiction Nominations Committee.
 
Lynda Montgomery,
Chair of the Nominations Committee  


                  Legacy Fund

The Legacy Fund is a permanent endowment that will support the mission outreach of future generations of United Methodist Women as they address the needs of women, children and youth of their day.

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