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: Do not remember the former things or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? - Isaiah 43: 18-19
I’ve been a United Methodist Woman since about 1970 and saw back then the name changed from Women’s Society of Christian Service (WSCS) to UMW. For years, friends just couldn’t help saying “WSCS” or “Women’s Society,” and some even threw in a “Ladies’ Aid Society” comment now and again.
The Prophet Isaiah reminds us to let go of the old, embrace a new thing! Let it spring forth! Scary, right?
I’ve always heard that we can’t start doing something new, until we stop doing something old. So now we are doing something new – a name change, a new logo, and new and improved programming to better nurture current members and welcome new women into our sisterhood. Let’s go out together as United Women in Faith by putting our love into action, growing spiritually, and being transformed through education.
Reflection from Catherine Mudime Akale (United Women in Faith Regional Missionary serving in Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Angola, and ecumenically):
God has used some moments of joy to reassure me in my calling as Regional Missionary in Mozambique. One such moment happened in February 2020 during the Training for Transformation Refresher Course in Moputo, Mozambique. Members of Team Mozambique were demonstrating what they had learned in a session with 20 United Methodist Women Society members from Maputo. To my surprise and joy, I saw one of the leaders using something I had taught with her own class. Later in the training I learned how a leader delegated an important job to someone else. She told me “…for the sake of teamwork, as you had taught us.” One more joyful moment is tied to the flourishing relationships forged and demonstrated in the love and loyalty of my Mozambican team members as they stood by me in difficult and frustrating times during the training. This brought great joy to my heart. My heart sprang from the fact that the little teaching served a much deeper purpose than those originally intended. Not only had God taken the little I had done and multiplied it, but those moments stand out as treasurers of joy meted out to each of us, in God’s spiritual family in Mozambique.
Our Gifts at Work (featured this month):
- Funding for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Ministries globally supports developing leaders, worship, and mission with, for, and by the Deaf, hard-of-hearing, and deaf-blind.
- Programming costs at Amarillo Wesley Community Center, Amarillo, TX
- Funds to help maintain water wells for the Mulungwishi area and providing clean water in South Congo.