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: "...for I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you welcomed me; I was naked and you gave me clothing; I was sick and you took care of me; I was in prison and you visited me." — Matthew 25:35-36
From Daily Prayer Guide 2022 – Experiencing God—Finding Joy
Reflection, from Debbie Byrd, Order of Deaconess and Home Missioner, Morton Memorial United Methodist Church Feeding Ministry, Monteagle, Tenn.
“I saw God each time I walked with the young people who were guests with Launch Pad, a Nashville nonprofit. I saw the transformative power of God, who allowed allies to advocate and walk with them as they experienced being unhoused. I learned the pure joy of appreciating a hot meal and shower. I saw God in the faces of these young people while they laughed, played games, and tried to get ready for the next day unhoused on the streets of Nashville. I pray they saw God in my face and actions so God’s love could be understood as one of compassion and not judgement and punishment.
Our gifts to Mission at work featured this month:
- Eurasia in Mission Together—Russia and Belarus, funding pastors’ salaries and church ministries and establishing new churches
- Support for the mission of the World Council of Churches, Switzerland
- Support for Mission For Migrant Workers, trains women migrant domestic workers to be mentors and assist their peers who are in crisis due to COVID-19 in Hong Kong, S.A.R. China
- Alisha Bashyal received a scholarship to pursue a degree in dentistry at Gandaki Medical College, Nepal