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Learn about being Ignited for Justice at UMW's Iowa Conference Annual Meeting featuring Flora Lee

Learn about being Ignited for Justice at UMW's Iowa Conference Annual Meeting featuring Flora Lee

9/20/2021
The Iowa Conference’s United Methodist Women will host their annual meeting on Zoom Livestream or in-person at the Cherokee United Methodist Church on Saturday, October 2, 2021. Coffee and registration will be from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and the meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. This year’s theme is Ignited for Justice. It will feature a video drama called “Grace Notes,” and notable speakers are Flora Lee from Sioux City, Iowa, and Sue Ritts, from Shesler Hall. Registration ends September 24, ...

2021 MLK Waterloo Freedom Bus Tour

2021 MLK Waterloo Freedom Bus Tour

6/18/2021
Waterloo Freedom Bus TourSM Presenting Sponsor ALLEN COLLEGE  November 8 - 12, 2021 Memphis, Birmingham, Montgomery, and Selma Cost $399/person Please make checks/money orders out to MLK New Jerusalem  with MLK Freedom Bus Tour in the memo line For more information and registration for the trip, please contact Shelly Burch or Abraham L Funchess at 319-291-4441 Participants engage in a week-long journey exploring iconic human and civil rights spaces in Memphis, Birmingham, Montgomery, and ...

Juneteenth National Independence Day

Juneteenth National Independence Day

6/17/2021
President Joe Biden signed legislation into law on Thursday, June 17, 2021, officially marking June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day, which will now be a U.S. federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.   Juneteenth is the oldest national commemoration marking the end of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19 that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, arrived at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended...

Antiracism Task Force Team Report - AC2021

Antiracism Task Force Team Report - AC2021

6/9/2021
Video Transcript: Hello, My name is Lanette Plambeck and I am your Director of Clergy and Leadership Excellence here in the Iowa Conference of The United Methodist Church. And I am Lisa Steel Director of Ministerial Service & Journal Editor. In a few moments, you will hear reflections from members of the Iowa Conference Antiracism Team regarding our charge given at our formation last summer, which has guided our work this past year. Much of this work has been held within our group as we grew ...

Why Racial Justice

Why Racial Justice

5/4/2021
10-11:30 a.m. CST, Sat., May 22 via Zoom  As Iowa United Methodist Women explore Racial Justice, we asked Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. to lead this event. His presentation is: America is Changing: #StayWoke The session will challenge the audience to examine and explore issues related to bias, privilege, supremacy and #BecomingAntiRacism.  Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. is the Founder/Program Director for the White Privilege Conference (WPC). In 2014 Dr. Moore founded The Privilege Institute (TPI) which engages ...

Lean on Christ: Statement on the Chauvin verdict from Bishop Laurie

Lean on Christ: Statement on the Chauvin verdict from Bishop Laurie

4/20/2021
The effect of righteousness will be peace and the result of righteousness, quietness, and trust forever. Isaiah 32:17, NRVS    The words of Isaiah are on my heart as I search my soul for peace and understanding during this time of deadly tensions, the COVID-19 pandemic, political divisiveness, and racism. This afternoon we heard the announcement of the conviction of Derek Chauvin on all counts in the death of George Floyd.      The tragic, racially charged, and unnecessary death of Floyd at the ...

From the Office of Bishop Laurie: Violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

From the Office of Bishop Laurie: Violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

3/30/2021
Dear clergy sisters and brothers of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and all members of the Iowa Conference,  I am writing to you during this Holy Week with a word of encouragement and hope. I give thanks for the amazing ministry that each one of you has in the Iowa Annual Conference. Your deep faith and your fervent desire to share the love of Jesus with all of God’s children is making a difference in communities across the state. At the same time, I lament with you the increasing violence we...

A community on earth as it is in heaven

A community on earth as it is in heaven

3/24/2021
Members of the Antiracism Leadership Team will be contributing personal narratives in a series of articles about the importance of helping The Iowa Annual Conference to become fully antiracist at all levels of ministry. By: Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck, Director of Clergy and Leadership Excellence and member of the Antiracism Leadership Team As United Methodists, our baptismal vow calls us to “resist evil, injustice and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.” As members of Christ’s...

Pride, Shame and Pain: Methodist History with Racism and Efforts to Dismantle It

Pride, Shame and Pain: Methodist History with Racism and Efforts to Dismantle It

2/3/2021
"If a race has no history, if it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated." - Carter G. Woodson 2020 witnessed many tragedies and hardships. The global pandemic caught us all off-guard and left us all struggling to be alone together. Political divisions not only in the United States but around the world divide(d) us along lines of "us" verses "them." And here in the United States, George Floyd, Breonna...

Are we complacent or complicit with systems of racial injustice?

Are we complacent or complicit with systems of racial injustice?

12/14/2020
By: Nitza Dovenspike, member of the Iowa Annual Conference Anti-racism Leadership Team Complicity is defined as an involvement in a crime or something that is wrong. The word is sometimes confused with complacent which is more about going along with the current situation, the status quo. Perhaps complacent is a softer adjective or noun the complicit. And it may be difficult for us to see ourselves as complicit in doing harm.     One of the goals for the work of the Iowa Annual Conference ...

Let us introduce you to Rust College

Let us introduce you to Rust College

10/15/2020
Rust College is the oldest of 11 HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) related to the United Methodist Church. The Iowa Annual Conference has had a special relationship of encouragement and support with Rust College for many years and would like to introduce or reintroduce the Iowa United Methodist family to why Rust is so unique.      Rust is located in northern Mississippi and serves a student body where a significant percentage of students are the first in their families to ...

A Cabinet response to the escalation of hate crimes and violence in Iowa

A Cabinet response to the escalation of hate crimes and violence in Iowa

9/20/2020
Siblings in Christ of the Iowa Annual Conference:   In recent weeks, we have seen the escalation of hate crimes and violence across Iowa. In the small community of Stuart, a family discovered racial epithets spray-painted on their home. Near the college town of Grinnell, authorities are investigating an apparent homicide after witnesses discovered the body of Michael Williams, a Black man, burning in a Jasper county ditch. Too frequently, we receive reports from laity and clergy around our state...

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Laurie regarding IAUMC's Missional Direction

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Laurie regarding IAUMC's Missional Direction

8/21/2020
August 21, 2020 To the saints of God in the Iowa Annual Conference, Grace and peace in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Where did the summer go? It’s getting toward the end of August, and our children and youth have already begun or are about to return to school in a variety of configurations due to COVID-19. After the conclusion of our Iowa Annual Conference Clergy and Laity Sessions, the Legislative Session, two Orders services, and several town hall meetings, we have all needed ...

A Conversation on Race with two young leaders of the Iowa Conference

A Conversation on Race with two young leaders of the Iowa Conference

7/30/2020
Believe. Serve. Grow.   "We aim to empower young people as world-changing disciples of Jesus Christ, to nurture their faith development, and to equip young leaders." - Young People's Ministries of The United Methodist Church.  On Monday, July 27th, Madeline St. Clair and Grace Kiboko – two young leaders of the Iowa Conference – joined Bishop Laurie Haller, members of the Appointive Cabinet and a “live audience” of their family and friends for a conversation on race. Watch the conversation with ...

“Sometimes I feel like a motherless child” - a presentation from the Iowa UMC Black Minister Caucus

“Sometimes I feel like a motherless child” - a presentation from the Iowa UMC Black Minister Caucus

7/21/2020
Bishop Laurie introduced ​The UMC Black Ministers Caucus presentation saying, “We need our church to say something. We need our church to do something. I give thanks to the Iowa United Methodist black minister caucus for the advocacy. Thank you for the Anti-Racism Task Force that we have begun here in the Iowa Annual Conference.  Pastor Cephas Z.K. Davis of the Des Moines Easton Place United Methodist Church and chair of the Black Ministers Caucus of the Iowa Annual Conference began the ...

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