As a new year begins, the thought of new beginnings also come to mind. I will begin, my first year as the president of the North Georgia Conference United Methodist Women. The first planning meeting of the executive team was very successful with time spent in prayer, sharing of talents, reviewing the standing rules and establishing goals for the next two years.
This is the first year of the Quadrennial for the United Methodists. The United Methodist Women social and advocacy issues for 2017-2020 are:
Maternal and Child Health – Life saving access and education that promotes well-being
Economic Inequality – Inequality is a women’s issue
Criminalization of Communities of Color & Mass Incarceration – Protecting women and families by ending criminalization of people of color
Climate Justice – Life-giving stewardship that promotes sustainability
More information available at: www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/service-advocacy
We will continue advocacy in the areas of Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence and Racial Justice along with the above issues. The Executive Team decided that we will provide education and activities for these issues having one as a focus for each year. This year’s focus is Maternal Health and our activity for the North Georgia Annual Conference will be to collect UMCOR Layette Kits. Information on the layette kits is located on this website.
United Methodist Women Assembly – May 18-20, 2018 Columbus, Ohio
SEJ United Methodist Women Meeting – April 17-19, 2020 Location – TBA
More information will be shared as received on these events.
The new National President for United Methodist Women is Shannon Priddy. Her article in the recent RESPONSE said it best for me “Membership, identity and relationships is what United Methodist Women is about”. The North Georgia Conference United Methodist Women will be praying and working to bring together women to do the work we have been called to do as members. We will strive to “nurture our membership through spiritual growth, leadership development, transformative education and service and advocacy”.
Please review the 2017 North Georgia United Methodist Women Calendar and make plans to attend as many events as possible.
Blessings – Tryphenia