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: Peace I leave with you. My peace I give you. I give to you not as the world gives. Don’t be troubled or afraid. (John 14)
From Daily Prayer Guide 2023 – Reflecting on God’s Faithfulness
Reflection from Blair Moses Kamanga, Global Missionary from Malawi serving in Mozambique as Agriculture Coordinator for Mozambique North Annual Conference of the UMC, Mozambique Episcopal Area.
“In Massinga I serve as Agriculture Coordinator of South-East Annual Conference in Inhambane Province where I learned the local language and Portuguese. My main responsibilities are to organize and train farmers in appropriate methods of farming.
“I meet different people of different backgrounds, mainly poor farmers who thought I was the solution to their problems because I was a missionary from another country. The words of Psalm 32:8, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you,” helped me to collaborate with the farmers and encourage them. Despite research and scientific breakthroughs and innovations in technology, farming remains largely an act of faith. So much of what happens in between is out of your control.
“During our meetings, we pray together with the communities. At one meeting, I felt the presence of the Lord. Then I realized, my parents and friends back home in Malawi will never imagine where I am at this moment, only God knows where I am, and God is here.”
Our gifts to Mission at work featured this month:
- Support of United Methodist Women Association, Cameroon, to train rural women in poultry farming and provide feed and young chicks for them to open poultry farms in their various communities and localities.
- Cornerstone Family Ministries, Tampa Florida
- Sylvia Sanmetta, scholarship recipient pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at West End University College, Ghana
- Crossroads Urban Center, Salt Lake City, Utah