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Purpose of United Methodist Women
Full-size Purpose posters are available in Korean, Spanish and English through the Mission Resource Center.
The organized unit of 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.
- To expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.
The Purpose is adopted by the General Conference of the United Methodist Church as the official mission statement of United Methodist Women. Out of the Purpose are four mission foci:
- To be a community of women
- To know God
- To develop a creative and supportive fellowship
- To expand concepts of mission
Each foci relates to the mission initiatives and priorities of United Methodist Women and the Women’s Division.
Our entire program focuses on mission. Our mission initiatives include:
Providing Opportunities to Grow Spiritually
United Methodist Women provides opportunities and resources to grow spiritually, to become more deeply rooted in Christ, and to put faith into action.
- Spiritual growth studies
- Bible studies in Response, at events and online
- Annual Reading Program reading lists with a Spiritual Growth theme
- Training events for reaching United Methodist Women through retreats and inspirational events
Equipping Women & Girls to Be Leaders
United Methodist Women equips women and girls around the world to be leaders in communities, agencies, governments, and churches.
The Women's Division provides and supports leadership development of its members to give women of all racial, ethnic, language and economic groups the opportunity to realize their full potential and to participate in the life of the church and society. We offer leadership development, training, and resources for:
- Teen women and college/university women
- Conference and district leadership of United Methodist Women
- Hispanic, Korean and women of other language groups
Providing Transformative Educational Experiences
United Methodist Women provides educational experiences that lead to personal change in order to transform the world.
Mission needs to be carried out with education, preparation, action and advocacy, and mutual learning and partnerships.
- Schools of Christian Mission educate 25,000 United Methodists each year through the Mission Studies.
- Books and other publications educate members on spiritual growth, social issues, and geographic areas.
- The Seminar Program provides custom designed, interactive and educational seminars throughout the year for groups to study complex social issues from a perspective of faith.
- The Reading Program offers thought-provoking books for reflection and discussion
- The Ubuntu Explorers program enables women in the United States to partner with women around the world to experience others' lives on a short-term basis.
- National events incorporate education and action for laywomen, such as the quadrennial Assembly, legislative events, and National Seminar.
Organizing for Growth & Flexibility
United Methodist Women-supported programs and projects are possible because of individual women's gifts to mission through "Mission Giving." Mission Giving allows United Methodist Women to respond where the need is the greatest and to work in partnership with organizations doing similar work.
Close to $20 million comes from United Methodist Women members annually to the Women's Division to support mission programs and projects throughout the U.S. and around the world. These gifts do not include another $5 million collected and used by local member units.
The Women’s Division’s volunteer board of directors disburse the funds received through Mission Giving by responding to emerging needs and explore historical, new and experimental mission programs with women and children.
See where the money goes.
United Methodist Women is committed to finding new ways to invite and involve women in our 140-year-old organization with over 800,000 members. At all levels of the organization, United Methodist Women works to:
- Ensure inclusiveness and racial/ethnic diversity
- Resource Hispanic and Korean-American members and other emerging language groups
- Nurture teen and college/university women
UMW Online, the United Methodist Women's social network, connects members to each other and to opportunities for participation through United Methodist Women.
Working for Justice Through Service & Advocacy
United Methodist Women interprets the biblical passage from Luke 4:18 as both a model and a mandate for Christian social action and advocacy: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."
United Methodist Women continues its advocacy work on peace and justice, education, racial justice, immigrant rights, the environment, economic justice, women's health, the rights of children, human rights, and farm workers' rights, to name a few. Read United Methodist Women’s stances on issues.
In all advocacy efforts United Methodist Women supports its work with a scriptural basis and adheres to the denominational mandates in the Book of Discipline and Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church.
United Methodist Women works in partnership with coalitions on many justice issues to extend its reach.