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: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires." (Galatians 5: 22-24)
Reflection from Irene Demaris, Order of Deaconesses and Home Missioner, Iowa Interfaith Power and Light, Des Moines, Iowa
“Have you ever witnessed the moment when something clicked for someone? Faith and seeking justice aren’t always a straightforward connection. We often separate the two because it feels safer.
I find joy in my ministry by seeing God at work when a college student who is a person of faith and cares about climate put its together and is forever changed. Whether they will work at a non-profit or as a physician, seeing the click so early in someone’s career, life and even in their faith journey, is powerful. To see the Spirit work through our Called to Climate Action college-student leaders and how it changes them as they go back to their campuses—that gives me joy and, even more so, hope for the future.”
Our gifts to Mission at work featured this month:
- Urban Gardens in Israel/Palestine to augment food production and income for women in Gaza
- Support for Judith Craig Children’s Village, Liberia (providing basic needs, education, counseling, and health care to orphaned children.
- Support for programming costs for Amarillo Wesley Community Center, Amarillo, Texas