The United Methodist Women are now the United Women in Faith!
We are United Women in Faith! In more than 150 years in mission we’ve had more than 25 name changes. Our last change was in 1972 when the name United Methodist Women was adopted, signaling a change not only in the life of the church but in the lives of women and how they could organize for mission. Today, we again face a change in life of the church and in how women live and choose to engage in the world in faith. Thus, it’s time to take on a new name.
What has not changed: We remain the official women’s organization of the United Methodist Church, training women for leadership, growing spiritually, transforming through education, and providing opportunities for service and advocacy. We are women in mission who follow God’s call for our time.
Our updated mission remains basically the same: 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.
What has changed – we have a new name, designed to include a new look, new feel, and new and improved programs designed to better nurture current members and welcome new women into our sisterhood to put their love in action too. We have a new logo that features the new name of United Women in Faith next to a Christian cross in muted yellow, blue, orange, and green to reflect our forward-looking faith and diversity of the organization and God’s world.
We have a new website: www.uwfaith.org. All are welcome to explore this website and watch a new video of the fresh new look of United Women in Faith.
Scripture: Mission U Study, July 2022, Luke 13: 18-19
He said therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what should I compare it? It is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in the garden; it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.”
From Daily Prayer Guide 2022 – Experiencing God—Finding Joy
(From Barbara Williams, Front Desk Clerk, Neighborhood Center of the United Methodist Church, Harrisburg, PA)
“Each day when I walk into the Neighborhood Center, I am reminded of Luke 12:48, which says, “from everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required.” Many people define “much” as wealth and material things and think that not much is required of them. I define “much” with the simple things that God gives us each day, like waking up this morning. My “much” is simply having my health and strength. Because I have much to be thankful for, I want to give so much to the children that we minister to each day. This verse reminds us that we should not simply live for ourselves and that we owe an obligation to all those around us. At the Neighborhood Center, we are shaping the lives of young people every day. We offer smiles in a sea that is devoid of them. We offer guidance on a landscape where it is easy to get lost. We also offer kindness in a world where meanness is prized. When we focus on God and how much God blesses us, it is easy to do so much for others.”
Our Gifts to Mission at work this month:
- Toberman Neighborhood Center, San Pedro, CA.
- Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, NY, NY.
- Olivia Grace Lewis, scholarship recipient.
- Ellen Thoburn Cowen Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, India.
- UMCOR International Disaster Response and Recovery, globally.
- The Neighborhood Center, Utica, NY