Women

The Revs. Shannon E. Sullivan, Emily Peck-McClain, and Lauren Chafin Lobenhofer.

Commentary: Gender and effective church leadership

Three United Methodist clergy write that separating out leadership roles by gender harms all of us.
Social Concerns
United Methodist Women in Liberia display signs to protest against the rising wave of violence against women and girls in Liberia. The peaceful demonstration took place during the group’s 72nd annual session, held Jan. 21-27 in Marshall, Liberia. Photo by E Julu Swen, UMNS.

UMW in Liberia focuses on ending violence against women

As part of its five-year strategic plan, United Methodist Women aims to help women and girls by providing safe homes, counseling, legal and medical services, education and other aid.
Social Concerns
Christina Schmidt, a volunteer with the Malawi Conference women’s organization, teaches young women how to make meatballs during training in Blantyre, Malawi. Photo by Francis Nkhoma, UMNS.

Young underprivileged women gain hope in Malawi

Malawi Conference training focuses on education, gender-based violence, dating and courtship, and spirituality.
Local Church
The Rev. Cynthia Abrams, a United Methodist clergywoman and social justice advocate, is pictured in her office at the Board of Church and Society in 2012. Abrams died Jan. 11 at the age of 58. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Native American clergywoman took justice to heart

The Rev. Cynthia Abrams is being remembered as a committed, compassionate leader who found her voice through The United Methodist Church.

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