Last week, I had the opportunity to drop by the United Methodist Women’s (UMW) Mission u programs hosted by First UMC in Temple and Genesis UMC in Fort Worth. For those of you who don’t know, Mission u is an educational event where people gather to study and discuss issues connected to living as Christian disciples in a worldwide context. This year, class options included a study of the church and people with disabilities, a cultural study of the Roma people, and a class focused on spiritual growth. During my visit, I was welcomed by a group of dedicated and enthusiastic laywomen who are actively engaged in UMW as a way to nurture Christian disciples for the transformation of the world.
As an organization, the UMW has a long history of inspiring and supporting missionary efforts across the world. The UMW traces its beginning to the formation of the Women’s Foreign Missionary Society in 1869, which a group of Methodists organized to support missionary outreach to women in India. To this day, the UMW focuses on global issues of significance to the church as we seek to live out our calling in an increasingly connected world.
The UMW Mission u events are open to all—including men. If you missed this year’s program, I encourage you to keep an eye out for it next summer. The UMW is one of the many ways that lay people in the UMC gather together to inspire each other and to combine efforts toward the mission of making disciples for the transformation of the world.