United Methodist Women Day: Sisterhood and Action at General Conference

Women organized for mission gathered for sisterhood and rallied for immigrants and an end to private prisons April 28, United Methodist Women Day at General Conference.

Wearing their conference United Methodist Women shirts, the women kicked off their special day with a “meet-up” chat outside the convention center before joining the rally sponsored with the United Methodist Task Force on Immigration. The women also gathered around the dinner hour for discussions and to share mission fervor.

About 400 people participated in the joint demonstration, including more than 200 United Methodist Women members. The action gave United Methodist Women members an opportunity to participate in a national public witness on an issue that touches their local ministries on a regular basis.

Read the whole article here, by Yvette Moore, editor of response, the magazine of United Methodist Women.

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Mission and Ministry
Megan Klingler, who works with the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries’ Global Health unit, and Dr. Marie Claire Manafundu, program officer of the Maternal and Child Health Program in Eastern Congo, visit with children at Irambo Hospital in Bukavu. Klingler visited six cities in the country during a three-week trip to conduct training sessions to help stop the spread of Ebola. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UM News.

Ebola training well received in Congo

Megan Klingler with the United Methodist Board Global Ministries’ Global Health unit said she is pleased with the progress made during her three-week visit.
Social Concerns
Jose Antonio Marchas Novela recounts the threats of violence that caused him to flee Mexico with his wife, Irlanda Lizbeth Jimenez Rodriguez, and their 1-year-old son, Jose Antonio. The family took shelter at the Christ United Methodist Ministry Center in San Diego in August 2018 while seeking asylum. United Methodists are initiating a $2 million project to support asylum seekers in the U.S.  File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

UMCOR, partners start asylum seekers project

The three-year, $2 million pilot project also will engage local church members on a community level as they embrace the biblical mandate of welcoming the stranger.
General Church
The Rev. William B. Lawrence.  Photo by H. Jackson/Southern Methodist University.

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