In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, United Methodist Women today announced changes for two of its major program events scheduled for April through May 2020.
The organization will seek to reschedule four of its five quadrennial Jurisdiction events where members elect United Methodist Women’s national Board of Directors and Program Advisory Group members. Also, the organization is exploring online-distance learning resources for those registered for its annual national Mission u training events for conference study leaders.
Additional information about these events is forthcoming.
We are committed to the health and well being of our members and the women, children and families we serve. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot, in good conscience, continue regular convenings. This decision aligns with the guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s call for postponement or cancellation of gatherings of more than 50 persons.
The four Jurisdiction events include United Methodist Women’s South Central Jurisdiction, Western Jurisdiction, Southeastern Jurisdiction and the Northeastern Jurisdiction. As of now, the North Central Jurisdiction event in Sioux Falls from June 26 – 28 will still take place. Additional information is forthcoming regarding the potential new dates and election plans.
For individuals who have registered for a postponed jurisdiction event but cannot attend the new date, we will offer an opportunity to transfer registrations. We are unable to offer refunds. This is consistent with our current cancellation policy.
Please note this situation is fluid. Should federal or state governments issue, advise or strongly recommend that social distancing remain in place for longer than expected, we will govern ourselves accordingly. We will notify registrants as soon as possible if a change of plans occur.
It goes without saying that this is a situation none of us could have anticipated or imagined. The rapid spread of the COVID-19 has rightly inspired pause and concern. There is legitimate concern for our families, vulnerable community members, persons suffering from the illness, and the children and older people entrusted to our care.
While we endure a season of behavior modification, we must hold fast to our faith, our calling and our mission to put faith, hope and love into action. We will remain prayerful, vigilant and hopeful.
Should you have questions in reference to the jurisdiction events, please direct them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions about Mission u’s can be directed to email@example.com.
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The entire program and organization of United Methodist Women focuses on mission. Our mission initiatives include:
From its beginning, United Methodist Women has focused on ministries with women, children, and youth.
Women have been empowered by leadership education opportunities, mission education, the Reading Program, tools for advocacy and more. These opportunities allow women to act and to empower women in the United States and abroad.
United Methodist Women also support programs and projects aimed at improving the special needs of women because of their refugee statuses, their immigration statuses, situations in which they are abused, their high illiteracy rate in some countries, their economic dependence, their educational disparities, and much more.
A special emphasis of United Methodist Women is children, because women care for children. If children are raised with safety, security, food, shelter, education, and basic human rights, these children will grow to be loving and secure adults. United Methodist Women believe deeply in responding to Jesus' mandate to "care for the least of these."
Children often do not have a voice in this world, so United Methodist Women cares for them and advocates on their behalf. United Methodist Women commits to children globally through community centers, educational opportunities for refugee children, homes for street children, advocacy against sexual exploitation and child labor, educational institutions and much more.
United Methodist Women work with youth organizations globally and with programs and projects that support and empower youth. United Methodist Women also enables youth to be in mission by support of the US-2 program, the mission intern program and the Global Justice Volunteers program
A special emphasis of the organization has been to involve young women in all the ministries and leadership of United Methodist Women. A teen and college/university women consultative group helps direct the program of United Methodist Women to be more inclusive of younger women.
"United Methodist Women 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."