A new promotional video and resources have been launched in anticipation of the 19th quadrennial Assembly of United Methodist Women in Columbus, Ohio, May 18-20, 2018. These materials can be used by local United Methodist Women Circles, members and supporters to raise awareness of the event and encourage their networks to attend.
The theme for Assembly is “The Power of Bold.” The event will mark the official celebration of the organization’s 150th anniversary and will also be a return to the location of the first Assembly in 1942.
“Our movement was launched by the bold action of women who saw a need and claimed their power as disciples of Jesus Christ to address it,” said Harriett Jane Olson, chief executive officer of United Methodist Women. “They sent women leaders—Isabella Thoburn, an educator, and Dr. Clara Swain, a doctor—to India to serve women and children in 1869. This daring continued when leaders took a bold stand for racial justice and moved their first Assembly in 1942 to Columbus, where African-American women were welcomed at hotels and other public accommodations.”
The website and resources share this legacy and highlight the action-filled weekend where United Methodist Women members, friends and partners will gather to worship and learn about the needs of women, children and youth in the 21st century. The new resources, available in color and black/white, may be downloaded from the website, www.UMWAssembly.org/share. The video can also be viewed on YouTube at: http://bit.ly/UMWAssembly.
“The Power of Bold will be evident again at Assembly 2018, when 8,000 women come together in faith to address priority challenges of their day: mass incarceration, economic inequality, maternal and child health and climate justice,” Olson said. “We hope these resources will encourage our members to share the word, invite their friends and demonstrate that when women unite, bold and courageous actions occur!”