United Women in Faith (formerly United Methodist Women)


We are women of purpose, vision, faith, and mission. Through our work and financial support, we make a positive difference to many individuals in our hometowns and communities all around the globe.

We invite you to explore how you can share the gift that is YOU, your compassion, interests, and abilities, with those in need through membership in the United Methodist Women of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference.

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 and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.

United Methodist Women connect and gather at the local, District, or Conference level to learn, grow and do mission. Every 4 years, women from around the world meet at Assembly, a motivating, uplifting experience. Mission and mission education may focus on local, District, Conference, Nation or World concerns, primarily concerns for women and children.

Links of Interest

The Upper Room Daily Devotional

UMW Online Community

United Women in Faith website

The United Methodist Church

Register for Mission u

Participants can choose from  In-person, Live Stream, and Virtual Class event options. Registration fees listed below also includes an option for making an offering which will be divided equally between Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House and Cunningham Children’s Home.

DATES: July 17–20th
Begins: Sunday, July 17 (no evening meal)
4-6 pm In-person Registration
7 pm Welcome & Opening Worship
Ends: Wednesday, July 20 (no lunch)

LOCATION: Northfield Inn & Suites
3280 Northfield Drive
Springfield, IL 62702

Register online at:

Spiritual Growth Study:  

Study Leaders are: Rev. Mary Kathryn Pearce,  Rev. Betzy Elifrits Warren, and Linda Trent with students assigned to a class to promote size and distancing.

Beginning in 2022, we will introduce a new model of Mission u curricula. Instead of creating separate studies that examine spiritual growth, justice, and national and global social issues, we are integrating these commitments into one curriculum. This means there will be one curriculum for adults, one for youth and one for children.

Our goals are to make this curriculum widely adaptable and easy to use in districts, units, and local churches, as well as to create intentional opportunities for intergenerational learning.

The upcoming curriculum was developed by diverse teams consisting of one lead writer and two to three contributors. Each study was tested in different church settings and then adapted based on feedback from church leaders.

Who Can We Be Together?

A Biblical Exploration of Luke 13 by Candace Simpson

This study brings participants deeper into Jesus’ teachings in this chapter of Luke to explore what it means to be in community. As the author notes, “For followers of Christ 2,000 years later, it’s important for us to sit with the range of emotions we have in response to these words. It’s not easy to build and sustain communities, especially when there are forces that drain us, exhaust us, and even push us to act uncharacteristically. And yet, we are called to act on the most ethical principles of our faith so we can witness the kin-dom of God on earth.”

Who Can We Be Together? can be adapted to a variety of settings outside of the Mission u format, including Sunday school, and other church school settings. Adaptations for distance learning are also provided.

Participants are responsible for getting their own books. We highly recommend that you read the book to receive maximum benefit from the study. You can borrow the book from a library or purchase the book through the UMW website https://www.umwmissionresources.org/ or for Kindle through www.amazon.com, the link for which is also on that UMW page, or the site of your choice.

If you need additional information, please contact registrars Cinda or Stephen Pringle at 217-468-2265 or 217-412-4286. Text messages can be sent to 217-358-9987; or Mission u Dean Sally Smith at 309-444-8516.