March 7, 2022, NEW YORK, N.Y.
United Methodist Women is now United Women in Faith! The move is part of a refreshing of the organization that 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 on behalf of women, children, and youth.
The organization announced the new operating name in the March-April edition of response, its bimonthly magazine for members, and is launching the rebrand with a new website and Face Book event March 3 at 1 pm ET.
The new programs are fruits of research conducted over the past five years with more than 24,000 United Methodists and women of other Christian traditions participating in the surveys, focus groups and interviews. This input informed the prayerful discernment of staff and elected leaders.
The changes are designed to address the different needs and life stages of current members and new women and expand options for membership and engagement. The new name also aims to welcome current members whose local churches may choose to disaffiliate from The United Methodist Church as well as women of other faith traditions who want to join.
New and innovative programs will be rolled out throughout 2022, including:
A new, easier to navigate website with a homepage designed to pique new women’s interest in United Women in Faith and a special portal set to come online later this year where members can log in to access additional resources.
A new “All-Access” National Membership Option enabling women to join United Women in Faith via the new website and participate online or in person at local units or larger events
Soul Care Retreats, a pilot recruitment program for members and their nonmember friends and new women focused on nurturing women’s bodies, minds, and spirits.
Innovations to Mission u, the organization’s longtime spiritual growth and transformative education program. Beginning in spring 2022, Mission u will introduce new curricula each year—one for children, one for youth and one for adults—all focused on a shared biblical theme. The new Mission u curricula will be more adaptable for use in small groups, local churches, vacation Bible schools, retreats, and other settings. Through these vibrant, relevant, justice-oriented, and biblically centered curricula, Mission u will continue its commitment to learning together for the transformation of the world and expand its impact.
“This is an exciting time for our organization!” said Harriett Jane Olson, CEO of United Women in Faith. “Looking back, we see the through lines for our organization—faith in God, love for each other and commitment to putting our faith into action supporting women, children, and youth. These commitments have been expressed in different ways at different times using different names, always calling women to world changing action. This combination of a new look, more accessible resources for members and new ways to participate, positions us for impact in our own journeys and in how we engage the world that God so loves.”
‘Ainise ‘Isama’u, United Women in Faith board president, said the changes express the organization’s core values in ways that will excite current members and invite new women to join us.
“I’m confident our members will be excited about these changes,” she said. “Together we are creating more opportunities for engagement with more women through new programs and updates of long-standing programs that embody our core values. Things change. People change. But God remains, and that continues to be the purpose behind everything that we do in this organization.”
The organization remains incorporated in New York as United Methodist Women and is doing business as United Women in Faith.
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.
United Women in Faith 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.
We seek 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.
We are a powerful, fearless force driven by God's love and united in sisterhood. With a focus on women, children and youth, we act for justice and transform communities.
We face the realities we see in the world, even when they are not the ones we would like to see. However, our goal is not to bear witness simply to harms but also to God's love by acting boldly to change those harms.
Bold action, like faith, takes courage. Our bravery is inspired by God's love and our powerful commitment to improve the lives of women, children and youth. United Women in Faith works for justice through compassionate service and advocacy to change unfair policies and systems that harm women, children and youth- from racial and gender injustice to economic inequality, climate issues and more.
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July 22 –23, 2022
Cokesbury United Methodist Church (North Campus)
9915 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN. 37922
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This year the Mission u 2022 curricula focuses on a Biblical theme from Luke 13. In the midst of a devastating pandemic, divisive political climate, unaddressed systemic racism, ecological crises, and economic turmoil, we will turn to the stories of Jesus that have anchored Christian communities for two millennia. Using the theme “Who can We Be Together?”, Mission u introduces three studies for adults, youth and children.
National mission institutions are community centers, colleges and residences providing vital services in vulnerable communities—empowering women, caring for children, supporting seniors, educating youth, providing housing for domestic violence survivors, and offering residences for special needs children and youth. National mission institutions also advocate for the women, children, youth and families in the communities they serve.
United Women in Faith assists nearly 90 organizations across the United States through grants, technical support, and member involvement. National Mission Institutes in Holston Conference include:
The Bethlehem Center, Chattanooga TN
Wesley House Community Center, Knoxville TN
As a permanently invested endowment, the Legacy Fund will be an ongoing source of income, providing the assurance that our important work can always continue.
Giving to the Legacy Fund will support United Women in Faith in perpetuity. That’s why gifts to the endowment fund are such a vital way to sustain and grow our capacity to serve and advocate.
In 2014, the Legacy Endowment Fund Campaign was created and set a bold goal of raising $60 million for the endowment. Through the generosity and efforts of women like you, we are confident this goal can be reached!
With every gift received in 2022 and beyond, we will secure the financial resources needed to deepen and expand our mission. Consider joining your legacy with ours and making a gift today.
Congratulations! The 2022 contest winner is Morgan Wallace Gilbert, Clinch Mountain District. The design was inspired by the verse “So let us do all we can to live in peace. And let us work hard to build up one another.” Romans 14:19 (NIRV).
Morgan states, “I have brought to focus the two parts of this that are essential to the verse, the ideas of peace, and building up one another. The sprig of olive brings about the idea of the dove as a symbol for peace in the Noah’s Ark story. The circles symbolize the strength of our unity in togetherness and as the circles begin to link, they become stronger. The entire design is inspired by a light, art nouveau theme, often associated with beauty and femininity.”
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