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: I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink and find satisfaction in all their toil – this is the gift of God. - Ecclesiastes 3: 12-13
From Daily Prayer Guide 2022 – Experiencing God—Finding Joy
Labor Day Reflection, by Kate Crystal B. Bael, Global Mission Fellow – International, from the Philippines serving in El Salvador, Instituto de Derechos Humanos de la Universidad Centroamericana UCA
“The Instituto de Derechos Humanos de la Universidad Centroamericana, in partnership with other organizations, facilitate a project called Protection Transfer Agreement in El Salvador. Through this program, individuals and family groups who experienced displacement are given the opportunity for a new and safe life, away from life-threatening issues at hand.
“I am moved by the strength manifested by the people who were and are in situations of risk and vulnerability. Although I witness their courage, some feel left, forsaken, and abandoned—even by God. Te question, ‘Where is God in all these injustices?’ is strong and present. With all the overwhelming unrest and disbelief, we stand as believers of Jesus Christ, as witnesses of the love poured out to those who need comfort, refuge, and light.
“My favorite part of the process is when the team reaches the post-case management stage. It signifies a fresh start. After all the patience-requiring moments, finally the people are off on a new journey, and that is where I see how grace works in the presence of adversities. Just like a farmer, we sow seeds of hope, trusting the Holy Spirit to nourish and sustain.”
Our gifts to Mission at work featured this month:
- Support for the youth ministries program at Henderson Settlement, Frakes, Kentucky
- Support for the Center for Health and Hope and the Gift of H.O.P.E. provided essential care for 100 AIDS orphans in Meru, Keyna
- Support of operations and programming at the Davao Mission Development Center, Philippines