Women in UMC History

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Local Church
Martha “Granny” Mudzengerere shows off her new book, “Old Time Religion,” which includes spiritual guidance and history about The United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe. It is the 104-year-old’s first book. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

United Methodist pens first book at 104 years old

“Granny” Mudzengerere, one of the founding members of Zimbabwe’s women’s organization, shares advice, worship traditions and lessons from the past in ‘Old Time Religion.’
General Church
United Methodist Bishop Tracy Smith Malone (left) and Dawn Wiggins Hare celebrate an amendment to the denomination’s constitution that proclaims “men and women are of equal value in the eyes of God.” Ratification of the amendment was announced during the United Methodist Council of Bishops meeting in Lake Junaluska, N.C. Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

Church ratifies women's equality amendment

The amendment received a revote because what was originally sent to annual conference voters contained incorrect wording.
Mission and Ministry
Marian Sao Ensah, a new graduate of the Bo Women’s Training Center, works with a team of tailors at Old Railway Line in Bo, Sierra Leone. Ensah, a single mother of four, said the skills training she received has made it easier for her to provide for her children. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UM News.

Training center transforms lives in Sierra Leone

Women put tailoring skills to work after graduating from new Bo center, helping them to provide for their families.