More than 50 women from the California-Nevada Annual Conference (CNUMC) attended The United Methodist Church Mission u 2019 three-day conference August 16-18 at South Reno United Methodist Church. The Reverend Craig Dale of South Reno UMC and General Board of Global Ministries missionary Katherine Parker, who serves with the United Mission to Nepal, were two of many speakers featured during the event.
Open to members and non-members of the United Methodist Women (UMW), Mission u is an opportunity to study current issues impacting society based on current mission study topics, with attention to the responsibilities of women in fulfilling the mission work of the church. Participants grow in understanding the mission of the church in the current world context.
The event traditionally includes worship and singing, interest groups around current issues, mission projects, audio visual presentations, and fellowships events. Time also is set aside for reflection and anointing. Added to this year’s event was a special UMW Legacy 150th celebration, complete with cake and candles.
The studies included Practicing Resurrection: The Gospel of Mark and Radical Discipleship, by Janet Wolf; Women United for Change: 150 Years in Mission, by Ellen Blue; and What About Our Money? A Faith Response, by Susan K. Taylor.
“It’s really an amazing program,” said Mission u dean for the California-Nevada UMW Conference, Adi M. Nabou. “… book study, plenaries, workshops about things we face in today’s lifestyle, [as well as] transformative study, and [learning]… that education of a woman and a child makes a difference in church, community, family: We can change the world!”
Nabou strongly recommends that this Mission u study program be taken back to local churches and used as a discipleship tool to encourage youth as well as adults in their faith walk.
“This program needs to be on local church calendars: A time away from where you are – connected to sacred space – to draw closer spiritually, learning, building up, standing together, [to have time for] sisterhood bonding,” Nabou says.
For more information about Mission u and United Methodist Women contact Adi M. Nabou at email@example.com or 415-786-6379.
Another significant UMW event, the California-Nevada UMW Conference annual celebration, will take place Saturday, October 19
, from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. (with registration 8:00-8:45 a.m.) at Merced United Methodist Church. Cost is $23/person (includes lunch) through October 12; $25 afterward. For more information and to register, contact Diana Bulls at firstname.lastname@example.org
You'll find contact information for Marlene Ward, president of the Conference UMW, along with district web pages and other resources, at www.canvunitedmethodistwomen.org/.