United Methodist Women

St. Stephen UMC's United Methodist Women's unit met Sept. 7 for a program on the purpose, mission and history of UMW.

Our purpose:

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.

Our mission initiatives include:
  1.  Providing opportunities to grow spiritually
  2.  Equipping women & girls to be leaders
  3.  Providing transformative educational experiences
  4.  Organizing for growth & flexibility
  5.  Working for justice through service and advocacy
We discussed the influence of United Methodist Women on many of the social justice issues that matter to our congregation. These include:
  1. Human Trafficking
  2. Global Migration
  3. Domestic Violence
  4. Climate Change
  5. Gender Justice
  6. Racial Justice
  7. Economic Justice
  8. Health Care
  9. Food Justice
To get an idea of how influential United Methodist Women have been, watch these video, "Pauli Murray & The True Story of Courageous Women."

We chose Food Justice and Human Trafficking as the two issues we will study this fall. Since St. Stephen is already involved with our Food Distribution ministry, Food Justice will be the focus of our October meeting. Recent information on Human Trafficking in the greater Dallas area will be the topic of our November program. For our December meeting, Rev. Nancy DeStefano will bring us a spiritual growth program for Advent.

All women members of St. Stephen are welcome to join United Methodist Women. Meetings are held at 11:30 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. For details, contact UMW President Shirley Feldhaus, Vice President Cynthia Astle or Pastor Nancy.


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