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.
Because of constraints forced by Covid-19, this year's Mission u will be virtual. In an effort to make the studies as stress free as possible for the participants, the format will consist of three pre-recorded sessions to be viewed at your convenience between July 1 and the closing live session. Each study will offer a choice of two times to attend a live, interactive (virtual) session to give participants opportunity to ask questions and engage in discussion. You can access the entire program from your own home or district to view the segments together if permitted by state gathering guidelines at the time. Check with your local or district president if you need to meet outside your home.
The two studies are:
Bearing Witness in the Kin-dom: Living Into the Church's Moral Witness through Radical Discipleship (led by Rev. Carol Lakota Eastin) and Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools (led by Burena Howard and Mary Ann Harvey).
Interactive, live sessions will be July 17 from 1 to 3 p.m., or July 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. for Bearing Witness, and July 17, from 10 a.m. to noon or July 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. for Pushout.
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 Diane Goff at 618-383-1573.