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Just Peace book study begins in January

Just Peace book study begins in January

12/12/2022
A new book study, “Just Peace,” will begin on January 17th and will last four weeks. It is a very inspiring book about a very gifted young boy with a terminal illness. His goal in life was to find peace within himself and peace in the world. One of his greatest desires was to meet Jimmy Carter, who he considered the ambassador of peace in the world. Well, he did meet Jimmy, and together they wrote the book. Dates: Tuesday, January 17, 24, and 31, and February 7. Virtual meeting from 6:00 – 7:30...

UWF November 2022 Connection Newsletter

UWF November 2022 Connection Newsletter

11/30/2022
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August 2022 UWF Connection

August 2022 UWF Connection

8/21/2022
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Iowa United Women in Faith Celebrate New Name and Recommit to Love in Action

Iowa United Women in Faith Celebrate New Name and Recommit to Love in Action

5/25/2022
Submitted by Barb Oakland, Mission Coordinator for Education & Interpretation, Iowa Conference United Women in Faith Twenty-eight Iowa women joined nearly 2,000 other United Women in Faith members for a weekend in Orlando, experiencing the first quadrennial Assembly of the newly named organization (formerly United Methodist Women). In addition, thirteen Iowa women participated along with 1,000 others in the first ever virtual component for the event.   Enthusiastic music provided by an ...

May 2022 UWF Connection

May 2022 UWF Connection

5/17/2022
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United Women in Faith announce Climate Action Fellowship for BIPOC youth

United Women in Faith announce Climate Action Fellowship for BIPOC youth

5/13/2022
United Women in Faith is excited to announce the 2022 Faithful Climate Action Fellowship. This is a wondeful opportunity for young Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to grow as climate activists and connect with other young people of faith working on climate issues across the country.    If you are not a young person or do not meet other application criteria, would you help spread the word and encourage young people in your network to apply?     Are you or do you know a young person who is...

Iowa Conference United Women in Faith awards four major grants

Iowa Conference United Women in Faith awards four major grants

5/10/2022
Written by Nancy Stockade, Iowa Conference United Women in Faith Iowa Conference United Women in Faith has awarded $200,000 in major grants —  $50,000 each to Bidwell Riverside Center and Hawthorn Hill in Des Moines, Shesler Hall in Sioux City and Iowa United Methodist Church Camp and Retreat Ministries. The grants are made possible by major funds from the estate of Barbara Csomay (SO-may) that were designated to Iowa Conference United Methodist Women (now United Women in Faith). Csomay, a ...

United Methodist Women is now United Women in Faith

United Methodist Women is now United Women in Faith

3/3/2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Ymoore@unitedmethodistwomen.org NEW YORK, N.Y., Mar. 2, 2022: United Methodist Women is now United Women in Faith! The move is part of a refreshing of the organization that includes a new logo and an array of new and improved programs to nurture current members and welcome new women to join to put their love in action on behalf of women, children, and youth. The organization announced the new operating name in the March-April edition of response, its bimonthly ...

February 2022 UMW Connection

February 2022 UMW Connection

2/28/2022
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Iowa Conference UMW Charter for Racial Justice Committee presents “Conversations to Build Awareness” on February 26

Iowa Conference UMW Charter for Racial Justice Committee presents “Conversations to Build Awareness” on February 26

2/4/2022
The Iowa Conference UMW Charter for Racial Justice Committee has planned an amazing event for Feb. 26 from 10 a.m. until noon (Central time) via zoom called “Conversations to Build Awareness”.    Using videos from the East Ohio Conference Black Pastor’s Fellowship and the office of Multicultural Vitality to provide a framework, we will begin some discussions in smaller breakout sessions on moving towards racial justice. All are welcome to attend. We would encourage you to register by Feb. 19. ...

Barbara Csomay Be Bold Grants

Barbara Csomay Be Bold Grants

1/26/2022
Application forms are now available for 2022 Barbara Csomay Be Bold Grants, which are awarded annually by Iowa Conference United Methodist Women. Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to local UMW units in Iowa that want to begin a new project involving multiple members to serve the community. Grants of up to $500 will be awarded to units that are planning to repeat a project or have an ongoing project involving multiple members. In addition, grants of up to $500 will be available for women in ...

United Methodist Women Connection for December 2021

United Methodist Women Connection for December 2021

1/4/2022
Vol. XXXI, No. 4     |     December 2021   Subscribe today to receive quarterly news from the Iowa UMW. Legislative Advocacy Day has long been a part of the heritage of United Methodists in Iowa. On Monday, January 24, 2022, that tradition will continue with a Legislative Advocacy Day virtually in your homes or churches. Assembly 2022 information. Barbara Csomay Grants information. Save the date for Conversations to Build Awareness will be February 26, 2022.  President In All Things ...

United Methodist Women Connection for August 2021

United Methodist Women Connection for August 2021

8/18/2021
Vol. XXXI, No. 3     |     August 2021 2021   Subscribe today to receive quarterly news from the Iowa UMW 2021 District Officers 2021 Iowa Mission Today Report Form President Growing Pains: Where Have You Felt Them This Year? When I was younger, as I grew, there were times that my muscles or bones would hurt.  My dad always told me, “Those are growing pains, Gladys Kay.” He would continue to tell me my body was learning how to handle its new shape, weight, or height (not that I am tall ...

United Methodist Women Connection for May 2021

United Methodist Women Connection for May 2021

5/19/2021
Vol. XXXI, No. 2     |     May 2021   Subscribe today to receive quarterly news from the Iowa UMW 2021 District Officers 2021 Iowa Mission Today Report Form President Words Matter I have been working hard as your President these past five months on communication. My goal is that all communication that comes out from the United Methodist Women in Iowa is guided with our Purpose in mind. That our communication be open, available to all, honest but respectful and framed in “Knowing God”. I...

UMW Program Advisory Group held first meeting of quadrennium

UMW Program Advisory Group held first meeting of quadrennium

5/14/2021
The 2021-2024 United Methodist Women Program Advisory Group gathered via Zoom for its first annual meeting on March 11-13, 2021. This global gathering included Rita Carter representing the Iowa conference. The group members met for orientation and preparing for their work throughout the next four years. The program advisory group studies issues and prepares recommendations to the national board regarding mission priorities, mission education work, and program guidance for United Methodist Women....

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 ...

UMW - Women's History Month

UMW - Women's History Month

3/8/2021
Originally posted on the The United Methodist Women's website. March is Women’s History Month—a time to lift up all the women who have made an impact on our collective history. For over 150 years, since the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society was first formed in 1869 in Boston, United Methodist Women has been on the forefront of developing leaders, fostering spiritual growth and advocating for justice. The United Methodist Women members who helped create historic change are women like Alma ...

United Methodist Women Connection for February 2021

United Methodist Women Connection for February 2021

2/25/2021
Vol. XXXI, No. 1     |     February 2021   Subscribe today to receive quarterly news from the Iowa UMW 2021 District Officers 2021 Iowa Mission Today Report Form President A New Chapter The Iowa Conference United Methodist Women, and the nation, are entering into a new chapter…turning the page. We have new leaders, new awareness, and hopefully a new appreciation of our blessings. As your new President, I have spent the month of January transitioning and learning. New brings with it ...

Iowa Conference UMW Awarding Grants

Iowa Conference UMW Awarding Grants

5/4/2020
Iowa Conference United Methodist Women has awarded Be Bold grants to several local units to be used for community projects that will enhance the Purpose of UMW. The grants were made possible by a planned gift to Iowa Conference UMW from the late Barbara Csomay of Kanawha. She was a retired music teacher and marching band instructor, and a member of Kanawha United Methodist Church. The grants were to be awarded later in 2020, but are being awarded on a shortened timetable to help meet the needs...

Be Bold grants for women in ministry

Be Bold grants for women in ministry

4/3/2020
UMW Be Bold Grant for Clergy or Lay Women to Participate in an Educational Event or Class in 2020 The purpose of this grant is for women, both clergy and laywomen, to be able to participate in an educational event or class in the calendar year 2020. It could be used for seminary, the School for Lay Ministry, Mission u, the Preaching Academy, etc. This is not an exhaustive list. We are offering educational grants of up to $500. Download the application here. UMW Be Bold Grant for Units to ...

Iowa UM Advocacy Day – will we go to the other side?

Iowa UM Advocacy Day – will we go to the other side?

2/3/2020
By: Conference UMW Leadership Team On Thursday, January 30, Iowa Conference United Methodist Women (UMW) partnered with the Board of Church and Society to host the Conference United Methodist Advocacy Day. This year’s event was packed with conversation and information.    Gathering at Wesley United Methodist Church near the state Capitol, approximately 48 people arrived to share opening devotions by Conference UMW Social Action Coordinator Deb Streff.  Streff shared the story of her friend ...

Mission accomplished

Mission accomplished

4/24/2017
By: Lynn Calvert, Iowa Conference UMW President It all started with an idea….a dream really. How to get women and youth of all ages to participate in an ACTION project, to understand that United Methodist Women are relevant at all ages, to learn from each other and appreciate all of God’s gifts to each of us.  To demonstrate Faith, Hope and Love in Action!! The plan became clear to offer an Intergenerational Mission Trip in 2017 for individuals in 6th grade and older.  On March 11, 2017, a ...

Doing something in response to domestic abuse

Doing something in response to domestic abuse

8/14/2015
The Iowa Conference recently held a two-day workshop on domestic violence awareness sponsored by United Methodist Women, in partnership with United Methodist Men, the Inelda Gonzalez Initiative for Domestic Violence, and the FaithTrust Institute. Click to hear the conversation with the workshop presenters UMW sought the help of the FaithTrust Institute in conducting these trainings because of the organization’s expertise in the area of domestic abuse. Danielle Hill, a program manager at the ...

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