UMW prepares for milestone anniversary
The Power of Bold" will be the theme of the next Assembly of United Methodist Women, set for Columbus, Ohio, in May 2018.
This Assembly is particularly momentous. The largest faith-based women’s organization in the world is marking 150 years and returning to the location of the first Assembly, in 1942.
When women unite, bold and courageous actions occur. In 1869, eight women came together to send a woman doctor and woman teacher to India and formed the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society. Today that society bears a new name but continues to change lives for women, children, youths, and families down the street and around the globe.
"Our movement was launched by the bold action of women who saw a need and claimed their power as disciples of Jesus Christ to address it," said Harriett Olson of New York City, chief executive officer of UMW. "They sent women leaders—Isabella Thoburn, an educator, and Dr. Clara Swain, a doctor—to India to serve women and children in 1869.
"This daring continued when leaders took a bold stand for racial justice and moved their first Assembly in 1942 to Columbus, where African-American women were welcomed at hotels and other public accommodations."
She concluded, "The Power of Bold will be evident again at Assembly 2018, when 8,000 women come together in faith to address priority challenges of their day: mass incarceration, economic inequality, maternal and child health and climate justice."
The Assembly website,
www.UMWAssembly.org, will officially launch in March.