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Workshops are being offered in four tracks at Assembly: Soul Care, Leadership, Change-makers and Virtual Workshops. All times are listed in the Eastern Standard Time Zone.

Soul Care Workshops

Workshops will offer opportunities and resources to grow spiritually and practices that nourish the mind, body and soul. Engaging in theological and spiritual reflection, they will affirm that we also care for our souls and feel God’s presence when we boldly follow the path of Jesus and put our faith into action.
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Leadership Workshops

Workshops will help participants realize their full potential, and expand their leadership skills to influence their peers, communities and organizations.
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Change-maker Workshops

Workshops will engage participants in addressing ways to serve struggling women, children and youth in their own communities and/or challenge both the root causes and effects of social injustice. Participants will leave with tools to make change happen locally or around the world. This organization is committed to working for racial justice with a focus on interrupting the school-to-prison pipeline and for climate justice through the Just Energy for All campaign.
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Workshops under this track will be available for our virtual attendees. All times are listed in Eastern Standard Time Zone.

Restoring Just Relationships: The Critical Role of Just Transition Toward Climate Justice, Just Energy for All

5/20/2022 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
To address the climate crisis, climate scientists have noted the urgency to completely phase out fossil fuels and move toward 100-percent renewable energy economy-wide by 2050. This means overhauling the energy sector, where 80 percent of U.S. energy currently comes from fossil fuels, mostly for transportation and electricity generation. As United Methodist Women, we are not simply interested in reducing emissions while maintaining existing systems of oppression, but in being part of restoring right relationship with God, one another and creation. The current energy economy has undergirded the livelihood of millions of workers and surrounding communities. Moreover, the current energy system has disproportionately harmed Indigenous peoples' health, lands, sacred grounds and self-determination. It has harmed fence-line communities near fossil fuel facilities, power plants, waste sites and heavily trafficked roads and highways that were sited and placed in Black, Indigenous, Latino/a/x and low-wealth communities. In addition, many in the U.S. face an energy burden, where a significant portion of their wages are directed to cover energy bills or face energy insecurity with little access to affordable energy. Globally, one billon people do not have access to energy and are least responsible for but bear the brunt of the climate crisis. In this complex reality, how do we move from our current unjust energy system to a future energy economy that provides transitions that are just and equitable so that we truly realize Just Energy for All here in the U.S. and around the world? What would such just transitions look like? Join us for this town hall and hear from speakers who are working to advance just transition for workers, communities, Indigenous peoples and the world. Join to learn how we can be part of advancing just transition as United Methodist Women.
To address the climate crisis, climate scientists have noted the urgency to completely phase out fossil fuels and move toward 100-percent renewable energy economy-wide by 2050. This means overhauling the energy sector, where 80 percent of U.S. energy currently comes from fossil fuels, mostly for transportation and electricity generation. As United Methodist Women, we are not simply interested in reducing emissions while maintaining existing systems of oppression, but in being part of restoring right relationship with God, one another and creation. The current energy economy has undergirded the livelihood of millions of workers and surrounding communities. Moreover, the current energy system has disproportionately harmed Indigenous peoples' health, lands, sacred grounds and self-determination. It has harmed fence-line communities near fossil fuel facilities, power plants, waste sites and heavily trafficked roads and highways that were sited and placed in Black, Indigenous, Latino/a/x and low-wealth communities. In addition, many in the U.S. face an energy burden, where a significant portion of their wages are directed to cover energy bills or face energy insecurity with little access to affordable energy. Globally, one billon people do not have access to energy and are least responsible for but bear the brunt of the climate crisis. In this complex reality, how do we move from our current unjust energy system to a future energy economy that provides transitions that are just and equitable so that we truly realize Just Energy for All here in the U.S. and around the world? What would such just transitions look like? Join us for this town hall and hear from speakers who are working to advance just transition for workers, communities, Indigenous peoples and the world. Join to learn how we can be part of advancing just transition as United Methodist Women.
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For Such a Time as This: Racism, Antiracism and The United Methodist Church

5/20/2022 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
"For if you keep silence at such a time as this, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another quarter, but you and your father's family will perish. Who knows? Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this." (Esther 4:14) Our Wesleyan tradition calls us to embrace both personal and social holiness, challenging racism at all levels for the sake of God's kin-dom. As United Methodist Women, we believe that racial justice must be a central guiding value in any conversation about the future of our church. This panel discussion invites church leaders to share tools and strategies for claiming a place at the table to collectively dismantle racism. We will learn about the history and present of The United Methodist Church, including the key role of the General Commission on Religion and Race and the UM caucuses. Together we will explore faithful action opportunities and building capacity for effective antiracist practice at multiple levels, from congregation to conference to the full connection. Panelists will share the ways that their faith strengthens them for this ongoing and difficult work as they invite you to join the journey.
"For if you keep silence at such a time as this, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another quarter, but you and your father's family will perish. Who knows? Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this." (Esther 4:14) Our Wesleyan tradition calls us to embrace both personal and social holiness, challenging racism at all levels for the sake of God's kin-dom. As United Methodist Women, we believe that racial justice must be a central guiding value in any conversation about the future of our church. This panel discussion invites church leaders to share tools and strategies for claiming a place at the table to collectively dismantle racism. We will learn about the history and present of The United Methodist Church, including the key role of the General Commission on Religion and Race and the UM caucuses. Together we will explore faithful action opportunities and building capacity for effective antiracist practice at multiple levels, from congregation to conference to the full connection. Panelists will share the ways that their faith strengthens them for this ongoing and difficult work as they invite you to join the journey.
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New Wineskins—The New Brand and How to Share It

5/20/2022 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Come learn the core of what inspires United Methodist Women members to put their faith into action through a powerful sisterhood ready to change the world for women, children and youth across the globe. Learn how and why our new brand was created. Hear about how Faith, Action and Sisterhood are the pillars of this brand and why each are important. Practice ways to use, share and promote our new brand to faithful members as well as new women.
Come learn the core of what inspires United Methodist Women members to put their faith into action through a powerful sisterhood ready to change the world for women, children and youth across the globe. Learn how and why our new brand was created. Hear about how Faith, Action and Sisterhood are the pillars of this brand and why each are important. Practice ways to use, share and promote our new brand to faithful members as well as new women.
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Soul Care Retreats: How to Enjoy or Design Your Own

5/20/2022 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The immersive quality of a retreat experience creates change and builds bonds. United Methodist Women’s Soul Care Retreats will nourish the mind, body and soul in spiritual, stress-relieving and creative ways. Join us to experience, first-hand, some experiences offered in our Soul Care Retreats. Learn how these welcoming, relevant and authentic connection opportunities can create community for faithful members and new women. And if you envision yourself as a leader of your own retreat, we will show you resources to shape your own vibrant SoulCare experience!
The immersive quality of a retreat experience creates change and builds bonds. United Methodist Women’s Soul Care Retreats will nourish the mind, body and soul in spiritual, stress-relieving and creative ways. Join us to experience, first-hand, some experiences offered in our Soul Care Retreats. Learn how these welcoming, relevant and authentic connection opportunities can create community for faithful members and new women. And if you envision yourself as a leader of your own retreat, we will show you resources to shape your own vibrant SoulCare experience!
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Women in Leadership: Live Faith Talkshop

5/21/2022 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Leadership development is a hallmark of United Methodist Women. This Town Hall will spotlight United Methodist Women members and United Methodist Women-related programs leading their communities in unique ways. It will explore characteristics/skills women can hone—and pitfalls to avoid—to be more effective leaders.
Leadership development is a hallmark of United Methodist Women. This Town Hall will spotlight United Methodist Women members and United Methodist Women-related programs leading their communities in unique ways. It will explore characteristics/skills women can hone—and pitfalls to avoid—to be more effective leaders.
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Facilitating Bible Study that Anchors Christian Transformative Education

5/21/2022 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
In this workshop, participants will experience the foundational principles and practices of United Methodist Women's approach to transformative education. This workshop will include an exploration of the characteristics of Bible study that anchors transformative learning, while also experiencing portions of an interactive Bible study designed with these principles in mind. What does it take to design and lead biblically based, anti-oppression, transformative educational experiences? Join this workshop to learn more.
In this workshop, participants will experience the foundational principles and practices of United Methodist Women's approach to transformative education. This workshop will include an exploration of the characteristics of Bible study that anchors transformative learning, while also experiencing portions of an interactive Bible study designed with these principles in mind. What does it take to design and lead biblically based, anti-oppression, transformative educational experiences? Join this workshop to learn more.
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Putting the FUN in Fundraising and How to Leave a Legacy

5/21/2022 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Join this workshop to learn and share all the creative, purposeful and fun ways you can give to the work of United Methodist Women. We’ll show you how to put the “fun” in fundraising, see how our new, additional designated-giving options offer opportunities to new women to give in a way that’s appealing to them and share all our planned giving opportunities that support our work for women, children and youth around the globe. Participants will also be empowered with the knowledge of how to make a legacy gift, making an impact for generations to come.
Join this workshop to learn and share all the creative, purposeful and fun ways you can give to the work of United Methodist Women. We’ll show you how to put the “fun” in fundraising, see how our new, additional designated-giving options offer opportunities to new women to give in a way that’s appealing to them and share all our planned giving opportunities that support our work for women, children and youth around the globe. Participants will also be empowered with the knowledge of how to make a legacy gift, making an impact for generations to come.
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Interrogating the Myth of Good (White) People

5/20/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by Sophia Agtarap and Kim Brown Montenegro.

We have been taught that we should be good people. Our Christian scriptures and tradition teach us not to grow weary of doing good. But what happens when this notion of doing good prevents us from being better people? What happens when we conflate being a good person with being a just person? Join us for this interactive workshop where we will examine our own biases, habits and actions (or inaction!) that prevent us from being the justice-seeking people God made us to be, and develop strategies to disrupt these biases in our families, churches, organizations and workplaces. It is our hope that in looking inward and learning to notice the habits we have developed to be good people, we might then turn outward to love and serve others in more just-filled ways.

Led by Sophia Agtarap and Kim Brown Montenegro.

We have been taught that we should be good people. Our Christian scriptures and tradition teach us not to grow weary of doing good. But what happens when this notion of doing good prevents us from being better people? What happens when we conflate being a good person with being a just person? Join us for this interactive workshop where we will examine our own biases, habits and actions (or inaction!) that prevent us from being the justice-seeking people God made us to be, and develop strategies to disrupt these biases in our families, churches, organizations and workplaces. It is our hope that in looking inward and learning to notice the habits we have developed to be good people, we might then turn outward to love and serve others in more just-filled ways.

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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion—Dialogue to Address Disparities and Antiracism

5/20/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by Neal Christie.

This experiential workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to practice tools for engaged dialogue on equity, diversity and inclusion. We will use the United Methodist Social Principles as a reflective resource and offer dialogue tools to create safe space through three intentional models: relationships beyond "othering"; repair that includes systemic justice organizing and advocacy; and re-imagination, looking at what we can create together to reflect renewed communities. Participants will leave with specific tools to model and practice in their congregations and communities.

Led by Neal Christie.

This experiential workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to practice tools for engaged dialogue on equity, diversity and inclusion. We will use the United Methodist Social Principles as a reflective resource and offer dialogue tools to create safe space through three intentional models: relationships beyond "othering"; repair that includes systemic justice organizing and advocacy; and re-imagination, looking at what we can create together to reflect renewed communities. Participants will leave with specific tools to model and practice in their congregations and communities.

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BINGO: Building Influence Nurturing Government Officeholders

5/20/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by Brenda Gullet.

We all like to win, whether playing a game or experiencing life. Being a successful advocate is a lot like playing BINGO. There are certain squares on the card that must be covered in order to win. Is doing something better than doing nothing? Not necessarily. You will learn from a former elected official and appointed policymaker what the winning ingredients are for declaring "BINGO" on your advocacy score card.

Led by Brenda Gullet.

We all like to win, whether playing a game or experiencing life. Being a successful advocate is a lot like playing BINGO. There are certain squares on the card that must be covered in order to win. Is doing something better than doing nothing? Not necessarily. You will learn from a former elected official and appointed policymaker what the winning ingredients are for declaring "BINGO" on your advocacy score card.

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Making Our Presence Known: Leading in the Larger Church

5/20/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by Sung-ok Lee.

Sometimes the work of United Methodist Women is a well-kept secret. We are called on locally to provide food and care, but not perceived as movers and shakers in the global mission of The United Methodist Church. This workshop will help participants map UMC partners within their conference and more broadly in relation to core United Methodist Women goals of spiritual growth, service and advocacy, transformative education and leadership development. Participants will be asked to strategically consider their visibility and presence within the conference or district—on committees, teams and at annual conference, with an eye toward greater presence and impact.

Led by Sung-ok Lee.

Sometimes the work of United Methodist Women is a well-kept secret. We are called on locally to provide food and care, but not perceived as movers and shakers in the global mission of The United Methodist Church. This workshop will help participants map UMC partners within their conference and more broadly in relation to core United Methodist Women goals of spiritual growth, service and advocacy, transformative education and leadership development. Participants will be asked to strategically consider their visibility and presence within the conference or district—on committees, teams and at annual conference, with an eye toward greater presence and impact.

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Worship for a Liberated Church: Decolonizing Christian Worship

5/20/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by Lydia Munoz and Giovanni Arroyo.

The most consistent public witness we do as congregations is worship. Every Sunday we gather to keep rituals that help us keep time and to make sense of the seasons of our lives. For most people, our spiritual formation comes from our weekly worship gathering, and more importantly how we come to understand God oftentimes takes place within that one hour that we gather together. Can worship be a place where we challenge the images of God that have been passed down to us? Can it be a place where images of God that have been co-opted by patriarchy, white supremacy and Christian nationalism are dismantled by intentionally creating worship that embraces the multiracial/multicultural/multi-image nature of God in order to dismantle racism? This workshop will explore the importance of de-centering and dismantling whiteness in our worship experience as a public witness of our commitment to antiracism and antipatriarchy in the world. We will provide opportunities for participants to engage in conversations around images they have received themselves through their own experiences and what that does psychologically and spiritually, and provide practical worship resources that participants can go home with.

Led by Lydia Munoz and Giovanni Arroyo.

The most consistent public witness we do as congregations is worship. Every Sunday we gather to keep rituals that help us keep time and to make sense of the seasons of our lives. For most people, our spiritual formation comes from our weekly worship gathering, and more importantly how we come to understand God oftentimes takes place within that one hour that we gather together. Can worship be a place where we challenge the images of God that have been passed down to us? Can it be a place where images of God that have been co-opted by patriarchy, white supremacy and Christian nationalism are dismantled by intentionally creating worship that embraces the multiracial/multicultural/multi-image nature of God in order to dismantle racism? This workshop will explore the importance of de-centering and dismantling whiteness in our worship experience as a public witness of our commitment to antiracism and antipatriarchy in the world. We will provide opportunities for participants to engage in conversations around images they have received themselves through their own experiences and what that does psychologically and spiritually, and provide practical worship resources that participants can go home with.

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Enhancing All Women's Positive Mindset and Improved Economic Growth

5/20/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by Grace Musuka.

For over 150 years, United Methodist Women has been involved in mission work which is aimed at improving the lives of women, children and youth. This interactive workshop is going to center on how women, children and youth in Central Africa continue to benefit. These countries include: Cameroon Missional Conference; 14 annual conferences in the Democratic Republic of Congo, including Zambia and Tanzania; Malawi Conference; and two annual conferences in Zimbabwe. Of these annual conferences, North Katanga Annual Conference in the Democratic Republic of Congo is currently the focus annual conference in the region. Partnership with United Methodist Women continues to be through scholarships and education, leadership training, maternal and child health programs, specified grants, gender justice and advocacy programs. Through this workshop, participants will learn how mission giving has made a positive difference in the lives of participants in the region. The workshop will show how the partnership has a role in positively changing the mindset of recipients and givers. If one is trained in a skill that that enables her to earn some income, manage her finances and be able to provide the basic needs for her family, her economic status improves. If one learns to live a Christlike life and share with others, thus leading them to Christ, this will lead to a positive mindset of the community, and in this way impacted people will be enabled to treat each other as neighbors. Most of all, the workshop is aimed at being interactive. Participants will have space to share their change-making stories, how they or others managed to improve people's economic status. They will give their input and ideas on how mission work can be improved.

Led by Grace Musuka.

For over 150 years, United Methodist Women has been involved in mission work which is aimed at improving the lives of women, children and youth. This interactive workshop is going to center on how women, children and youth in Central Africa continue to benefit. These countries include: Cameroon Missional Conference; 14 annual conferences in the Democratic Republic of Congo, including Zambia and Tanzania; Malawi Conference; and two annual conferences in Zimbabwe. Of these annual conferences, North Katanga Annual Conference in the Democratic Republic of Congo is currently the focus annual conference in the region. Partnership with United Methodist Women continues to be through scholarships and education, leadership training, maternal and child health programs, specified grants, gender justice and advocacy programs. Through this workshop, participants will learn how mission giving has made a positive difference in the lives of participants in the region. The workshop will show how the partnership has a role in positively changing the mindset of recipients and givers. If one is trained in a skill that that enables her to earn some income, manage her finances and be able to provide the basic needs for her family, her economic status improves. If one learns to live a Christlike life and share with others, thus leading them to Christ, this will lead to a positive mindset of the community, and in this way impacted people will be enabled to treat each other as neighbors. Most of all, the workshop is aimed at being interactive. Participants will have space to share their change-making stories, how they or others managed to improve people's economic status. They will give their input and ideas on how mission work can be improved.

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Put the "Fun" in Fundraising

5/20/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by Kenya Roberts.

Join this workshop to learn and share creative fundraising ideas to support the mission work of your unit and grow gifts through your districts and conferences. Learn how we can work together, have fun and fundraise to fulfill our Purpose.

Led by Kenya Roberts.

Join this workshop to learn and share creative fundraising ideas to support the mission work of your unit and grow gifts through your districts and conferences. Learn how we can work together, have fun and fundraise to fulfill our Purpose.

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Advocacy on Prevention and Ending Gender-based Violence: Contextual Bible Study as a Tool

5/20/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by Leah Wandera, Laura Kigweba James, and Esther Inuwa.

The church is uniquely placed in society to play a decisive role in the prevention and elimination of the different forms of violence against women and children, and possesses the moral authority, responsibility and capacity to minister to the needs of those who have been abused, as well as deal with the perpetrators. Participants will: learn the injustice of gender-based violence through a biblical and African theological worldview; address the intersectionality of gender-based violence with other issues that impact their communities; gain knowledge and understanding of contextual Bible study and the church's role in advocating against gender-based violence through the application of the Social Principles; and learn how to foster healthy, safe, constructive dialogue around gender-based violence.

Led by Leah Wandera, Laura Kigweba James, and Esther Inuwa.

The church is uniquely placed in society to play a decisive role in the prevention and elimination of the different forms of violence against women and children, and possesses the moral authority, responsibility and capacity to minister to the needs of those who have been abused, as well as deal with the perpetrators. Participants will: learn the injustice of gender-based violence through a biblical and African theological worldview; address the intersectionality of gender-based violence with other issues that impact their communities; gain knowledge and understanding of contextual Bible study and the church's role in advocating against gender-based violence through the application of the Social Principles; and learn how to foster healthy, safe, constructive dialogue around gender-based violence.

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Living Loudly: Social Action as an Expression of Faith

5/20/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by M. Garlinda Burton.

Participants will learn how to "show up" confidently as Jesus-equipped activists and advocates for social justice and action by expressing and speaking the language of our Christian faith. This session will invite participants to describe their biblical and theological understanding of why followers of Jesus Christ MUST be in the public conversation SPECIFICALLY about racism, xenophobia and economic injustice. We will talk about why Christians are sometimes not trusted in these conversations and how to overcome that lack of trust.

Led by M. Garlinda Burton.

Participants will learn how to "show up" confidently as Jesus-equipped activists and advocates for social justice and action by expressing and speaking the language of our Christian faith. This session will invite participants to describe their biblical and theological understanding of why followers of Jesus Christ MUST be in the public conversation SPECIFICALLY about racism, xenophobia and economic injustice. We will talk about why Christians are sometimes not trusted in these conversations and how to overcome that lack of trust.

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United Methodist Women Mission Leads Young Women to Leadership and Transformation

5/20/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by Emma Cantor.

This workshop will focus on the Asian young women who benefit from the United Methodist Women scholarships, lifting up stories of United Methodist Women's commitment in its vision and mission for leadership development and economic empowerment among Asian youth. The session will show United Methodist Women's power to change lives by creating life possibilities, spiritual growth and faith developments for the youth of The United Methodist Church. Participants will learn of potential possibilities among young women and children for their own development.

Led by Emma Cantor.

This workshop will focus on the Asian young women who benefit from the United Methodist Women scholarships, lifting up stories of United Methodist Women's commitment in its vision and mission for leadership development and economic empowerment among Asian youth. The session will show United Methodist Women's power to change lives by creating life possibilities, spiritual growth and faith developments for the youth of The United Methodist Church. Participants will learn of potential possibilities among young women and children for their own development.

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Called to Purpose: Leadership Principles from Queen Esther

5/20/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by Rachelle Milner.

This workshop is designed to encourage, uplift and inspire women to lead with diligence, confidence and expertise in the many roles of life. It highlights the importance of their roles and removes stereotypes of hierarchy and stigma. Principles from the book of Esther will be used to identify parallels to our current-day experiences.

Led by Rachelle Milner.

This workshop is designed to encourage, uplift and inspire women to lead with diligence, confidence and expertise in the many roles of life. It highlights the importance of their roles and removes stereotypes of hierarchy and stigma. Principles from the book of Esther will be used to identify parallels to our current-day experiences.

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Letting Go of Leadership: Passion vs. Title

5/20/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by Shannon Priddy.

What does leadership look like in 2022 and what does it mean to lead in a hybrid of virtual and live worlds? When you have completed your tenure and you still want to lead, what do you do next? This workshop will discuss opportunities for leadership with and without a title. Participants will have the time to create their own road map to navigate the changing world of United Methodist Women and invite new women to participate. Participants will be encouraged to discuss their own unique situations to show the similarities many leaders experience when they do not hold an office.

Led by Shannon Priddy.

What does leadership look like in 2022 and what does it mean to lead in a hybrid of virtual and live worlds? When you have completed your tenure and you still want to lead, what do you do next? This workshop will discuss opportunities for leadership with and without a title. Participants will have the time to create their own road map to navigate the changing world of United Methodist Women and invite new women to participate. Participants will be encouraged to discuss their own unique situations to show the similarities many leaders experience when they do not hold an office.

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Ending Poverty: Reading the Bible with the Poor

5/20/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by Liz Theoharis.

Religious leadership has been critical to every social movement, but that leadership often comes from the margins, from those who are most impacted by the crisis at hand, and most able to see the necessity for broad systemic change. As Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "The Church is too often a tail light instead of a headlight." But in a society where 140 million people are poor or low income, it is the responsibility of all people of conscience to shine a light on justice and come together to help lead movements for justice. As faith leaders, we join a long history and tradition of people bound by common struggle uniting across differences to confront the forces that violate life. As we discern how to continue in the ministry of Jesus Christ, we seek to realize a world where all are valued and can thrive. This session will engage Methodist women members and leaders in a discussion on the methodology of "Reading the Bible with the Poor" and how it can be adapted for their own communities (30 minutes), followed by a Bible study of a particular scriptural passages (60 minutes) that speak to God's command to end poverty and racism. Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis will facilitate the session, joined by grassroots religious leaders who are a part of the Kairos Center's Freedom Church of the Poor and the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. "Reading the Bible with the Poor" is not a biblical hermeneutic for the poor. Rather, it is a summary of a biblical hermeneutic developed out of struggle, living politics and a deep spirituality. The methodology itself is interested in uniting people across differences (in race, geography, religion, gender, ability and so on) rather than having those differences used by those in power to divide and isolate.

Led by Liz Theoharis.

Religious leadership has been critical to every social movement, but that leadership often comes from the margins, from those who are most impacted by the crisis at hand, and most able to see the necessity for broad systemic change. As Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "The Church is too often a tail light instead of a headlight." But in a society where 140 million people are poor or low income, it is the responsibility of all people of conscience to shine a light on justice and come together to help lead movements for justice. As faith leaders, we join a long history and tradition of people bound by common struggle uniting across differences to confront the forces that violate life. As we discern how to continue in the ministry of Jesus Christ, we seek to realize a world where all are valued and can thrive. This session will engage Methodist women members and leaders in a discussion on the methodology of "Reading the Bible with the Poor" and how it can be adapted for their own communities (30 minutes), followed by a Bible study of a particular scriptural passages (60 minutes) that speak to God's command to end poverty and racism. Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis will facilitate the session, joined by grassroots religious leaders who are a part of the Kairos Center's Freedom Church of the Poor and the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. "Reading the Bible with the Poor" is not a biblical hermeneutic for the poor. Rather, it is a summary of a biblical hermeneutic developed out of struggle, living politics and a deep spirituality. The methodology itself is interested in uniting people across differences (in race, geography, religion, gender, ability and so on) rather than having those differences used by those in power to divide and isolate.

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Fierce Women, Fiercer Relationships

5/20/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by Lauren Breck and Olivia McKinsey.

In this 90-minute session we'll explore the relationships of Mary and Martha and Naomi and Ruth through the use of midrash and open discussion. We will explore how, through their relationships, these women encouraged, challenged and uplifted one another to fulfill their calling in life. Through these connections we see boldness, sassiness, loyalty and fun emerge through challenges, missteps and triumphs. This exploration will show how God's divine plan of relationship strengthens our bonds to one another and most importantly to God.

Led by Lauren Breck and Olivia McKinsey.

In this 90-minute session we'll explore the relationships of Mary and Martha and Naomi and Ruth through the use of midrash and open discussion. We will explore how, through their relationships, these women encouraged, challenged and uplifted one another to fulfill their calling in life. Through these connections we see boldness, sassiness, loyalty and fun emerge through challenges, missteps and triumphs. This exploration will show how God's divine plan of relationship strengthens our bonds to one another and most importantly to God.

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Because We Believe! The Charter for Racial Justice (Western Jurisdiction)

5/20/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by Bonita Miller, Deb Williams, and Jo Lawson.

Antiracism remains a foundational commitment of United Methodist Women, but—just as most discipleship practices—it is easier "said" than "done." During this workshop, you will gather with members of your Conference Mission Team and other mission teams in your jurisdiction to assess your conference's implementation of the Charter for Racial Justice thus far and to plan concrete next steps to strengthen your work in this area.

Led by Bonita Miller, Deb Williams, and Jo Lawson.

Antiracism remains a foundational commitment of United Methodist Women, but—just as most discipleship practices—it is easier "said" than "done." During this workshop, you will gather with members of your Conference Mission Team and other mission teams in your jurisdiction to assess your conference's implementation of the Charter for Racial Justice thus far and to plan concrete next steps to strengthen your work in this area.

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My Word, My World: A Reflective Writing Workshop

5/20/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by Young Mae Kim.

This workshop is designed to model a space for participants to engage deeply with the Word of God and express their feelings and thoughts through writing. Participants will come with a notebook for manual writing or an electronic device, and will participate in two ways. First they will reflect on a provided text, of scripture verse, poem, or statement (quote) together as a group (6-8 people per round table), and then write their own individual reflection and response to the text. Next is a communal writing time, where each group selects a theme and comes up with a written result showing their collective understanding and resolve.

Led by Young Mae Kim.

This workshop is designed to model a space for participants to engage deeply with the Word of God and express their feelings and thoughts through writing. Participants will come with a notebook for manual writing or an electronic device, and will participate in two ways. First they will reflect on a provided text, of scripture verse, poem, or statement (quote) together as a group (6-8 people per round table), and then write their own individual reflection and response to the text. Next is a communal writing time, where each group selects a theme and comes up with a written result showing their collective understanding and resolve.

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Aligning the Body, Mind and Spirit for Soul Purposes!

5/20/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by Dawn Martin.

The purpose of this workshop will be to impress upon participants the importance of physical alignment for achieving one's soul purpose. Spiritual workers often overlook the importance of physical fitness for aligning and achieving the work that their soul became embodied to perform in this lifetime. An aligned spine and subtle body is a more fit and effective vessel for the soul to carry out its work. In this workshop I will teach basic Pilates principles that will enhance posture, agility, balance, core strength and overall performance. I will teach Pilates exercises so that the practice becomes a mindful moving meditation with all the benefits of mindful meditation, such as increased focus and decreased cortisol and stress levels. The goal is to be as fit for service as possible at any age or stage!

Led by Dawn Martin.

The purpose of this workshop will be to impress upon participants the importance of physical alignment for achieving one's soul purpose. Spiritual workers often overlook the importance of physical fitness for aligning and achieving the work that their soul became embodied to perform in this lifetime. An aligned spine and subtle body is a more fit and effective vessel for the soul to carry out its work. In this workshop I will teach basic Pilates principles that will enhance posture, agility, balance, core strength and overall performance. I will teach Pilates exercises so that the practice becomes a mindful moving meditation with all the benefits of mindful meditation, such as increased focus and decreased cortisol and stress levels. The goal is to be as fit for service as possible at any age or stage!

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Bread of Life: Nourishment for the Journey

5/20/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by Rev. J. Dana Trent.

Our lives are not static. Amid life's stresses and struggles, what is the recipe for an essential, balanced spiritual life? What spiritual practices foster healing and renewal? And what key ingredients invite us into a deeper relationship with God to help satiate our spiritual hunger? While Jesus' exterior life modeled ministry and service, his inner life was nourished by stillness, silence, prayer and spiritual practices. In this way, we are reminded that our faith consists of both action and contemplation.

Led by Rev. J. Dana Trent.

Our lives are not static. Amid life's stresses and struggles, what is the recipe for an essential, balanced spiritual life? What spiritual practices foster healing and renewal? And what key ingredients invite us into a deeper relationship with God to help satiate our spiritual hunger? While Jesus' exterior life modeled ministry and service, his inner life was nourished by stillness, silence, prayer and spiritual practices. In this way, we are reminded that our faith consists of both action and contemplation.

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Because We Believe! The Charter for Racial Justice (North Central Jurisdiction)

5/20/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by Marchelle Phelps, Nichea VerVeer Guy, and Jessie Cunningham.

Antiracism remains a foundational commitment of United Methodist Women, but—just as most discipleship practices—it is easier "said" than "done." During this workshop, you will gather with members of your Conference Mission Team and other mission teams in your jurisdiction to assess your conference's implementation of the Charter for Racial Justice thus far and to plan concrete next steps to strengthen your work in this area.

Led by Marchelle Phelps, Nichea VerVeer Guy, and Jessie Cunningham.

Antiracism remains a foundational commitment of United Methodist Women, but—just as most discipleship practices—it is easier "said" than "done." During this workshop, you will gather with members of your Conference Mission Team and other mission teams in your jurisdiction to assess your conference's implementation of the Charter for Racial Justice thus far and to plan concrete next steps to strengthen your work in this area.

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Because We Believe! The Charter for Racial Justice (Northeastern Jurisdiction)

5/20/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by Mikele Haskins-Delmore and Susan Kim.

Antiracism remains a foundational commitment of United Methodist Women, but—just as most discipleship practices—it is easier "said" than "done." in this workshop, you will gather with members of your Conference Mission Team and other mission teams in your jurisdiction to assess your conference's implementation of the Charter for Racial Justice thus far, and to plan concrete next steps to strengthen your work in this area.

Led by Mikele Haskins-Delmore and Susan Kim.

Antiracism remains a foundational commitment of United Methodist Women, but—just as most discipleship practices—it is easier "said" than "done." in this workshop, you will gather with members of your Conference Mission Team and other mission teams in your jurisdiction to assess your conference's implementation of the Charter for Racial Justice thus far, and to plan concrete next steps to strengthen your work in this area.

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Because We Believe! The Charter for Racial Justice (Southeastern Jurisdiction)

5/20/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by Sue Owens, Clara Ester, and Kathy FitzJefferies.

Antiracism remains a foundational commitment of United Methodist Women, but—just as most discipleship practices—it is easier "said" than "done." During this workshop, you will gather with members of your Conference Mission Team and other mission teams in your jurisdiction to assess your conference's implementation of the Charter for Racial Justice thus far and to plan concrete next steps to strengthen your work in this area.

Led by Sue Owens, Clara Ester, and Kathy FitzJefferies.

Antiracism remains a foundational commitment of United Methodist Women, but—just as most discipleship practices—it is easier "said" than "done." During this workshop, you will gather with members of your Conference Mission Team and other mission teams in your jurisdiction to assess your conference's implementation of the Charter for Racial Justice thus far and to plan concrete next steps to strengthen your work in this area.

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Because We Believe! The Charter for Racial Justice (South Central Jurisdiction)

5/20/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by Ellen Lipsey, Olhivia Gutierrez, Vicki Busby, and Ilka Vega.

Antiracism remains a foundational commitment of United Methodist Women, but—just as most discipleship practices—it is easier "said" than "done." During this workshop, you will gather with members of your Conference Mission Team and other mission teams in your jurisdiction to assess your conference's implementation of the Charter for Racial Justice thus far and to plan concrete next steps to strengthen your work in this area.

Led by Ellen Lipsey, Olhivia Gutierrez, Vicki Busby, and Ilka Vega.

Antiracism remains a foundational commitment of United Methodist Women, but—just as most discipleship practices—it is easier "said" than "done." During this workshop, you will gather with members of your Conference Mission Team and other mission teams in your jurisdiction to assess your conference's implementation of the Charter for Racial Justice thus far and to plan concrete next steps to strengthen your work in this area.

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Operationalizing Justice: Days Without Incident

5/20/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by E Michelle Ledder.

This interactive workshop will facilitate a deeper understanding of why many well-meaning institution's attempts fall short in creating a sense of belonging and eliminate discrimination. Participants will explore the implications of unaddressed Social Determinates of Health and trustworthy diversity, equity and inclusion operational practices. Partnering with your Assembly mates, you will create an action plan for your ally-oriented church / business to facilitate lasting and self-governing equity practices.

Led by E Michelle Ledder.

This interactive workshop will facilitate a deeper understanding of why many well-meaning institution's attempts fall short in creating a sense of belonging and eliminate discrimination. Participants will explore the implications of unaddressed Social Determinates of Health and trustworthy diversity, equity and inclusion operational practices. Partnering with your Assembly mates, you will create an action plan for your ally-oriented church / business to facilitate lasting and self-governing equity practices.

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Tackling Systemic Sin Through Just Energy in the Southeast

5/20/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by Dallas Conyers.

This multipronged workshop will reflect on how our legislative policies are often systemically harmful and can produce life conditions so bad that many people wonder if there really is a God. We will explore how workshop participants can engage with the Southern Communities for a Green New Deal policy, which has been collaboratively produced to protect and restore the underserved of the Southeastern United States through the layout of a Just Energy Transition (among other things).

Led by Dallas Conyers.

This multipronged workshop will reflect on how our legislative policies are often systemically harmful and can produce life conditions so bad that many people wonder if there really is a God. We will explore how workshop participants can engage with the Southern Communities for a Green New Deal policy, which has been collaboratively produced to protect and restore the underserved of the Southeastern United States through the layout of a Just Energy Transition (among other things).

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Administration for Mission: Framed by the Lord's Prayer

5/20/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by Catherine Inserra.

This interactive workshop, and a mini-retreat of sorts, will provide a place to explore the integrity and impact of the Lord's Prayer for our souls today. Our souls get muffled in the constant, changing demands for administrative responsibilities, whether in the local church, committee work, United Methodist Women units, or overall organizational communication in nonprofits and startups. The prayer ceases to be the life-giving and gospel-centered prayer tradition it is meant to be. The increasing complexities of institutional and denominational structures cause undesirable stress which harms our souls, potentially causing us to feel vulnerable in our personal lives and leadership roles. And, our souls may despair given the overwhelming amount of suffering we see with children, youth and women. We can be sad, very sad, yet we must not despair as God calls us deeper into soul care and mission. Participants will reengage with the tradition of praying the Lord's Prayer as life-giving, dynamic and foundational across the 2,000+ years of praying this prayer Jesus gave to us.

Led by Catherine Inserra.

This interactive workshop, and a mini-retreat of sorts, will provide a place to explore the integrity and impact of the Lord's Prayer for our souls today. Our souls get muffled in the constant, changing demands for administrative responsibilities, whether in the local church, committee work, United Methodist Women units, or overall organizational communication in nonprofits and startups. The prayer ceases to be the life-giving and gospel-centered prayer tradition it is meant to be. The increasing complexities of institutional and denominational structures cause undesirable stress which harms our souls, potentially causing us to feel vulnerable in our personal lives and leadership roles. And, our souls may despair given the overwhelming amount of suffering we see with children, youth and women. We can be sad, very sad, yet we must not despair as God calls us deeper into soul care and mission. Participants will reengage with the tradition of praying the Lord's Prayer as life-giving, dynamic and foundational across the 2,000+ years of praying this prayer Jesus gave to us.

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Acts of Repentance, Reconciliation, Relationships

5/20/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by Daryl Junes-Joe and Cynthia Rives.

The workshop will involve interactive sessions where the audience will gain an understanding of life and challenges faced daily by Indigenous people. A better understanding of Native people must exist before any non-Native person can become even partly empathetic to injustices befalling Indigenous people. Even in the United States, idyllic reports in the media have been a total misrepresentation of Native Americans. Workshop information will cover some history, particularly of the Doctrine of Discovery, which created injustices for all Native Americans. Having a good understanding will motivate the audience to want to help in moving forward. Understanding the sacredness of the land, the different Native cultures and their traditions will trigger motivation to act. Non-Natives will begin to research the land they occupy. The information will be shared in their local churches.

Led by Daryl Junes-Joe and Cynthia Rives.

The workshop will involve interactive sessions where the audience will gain an understanding of life and challenges faced daily by Indigenous people. A better understanding of Native people must exist before any non-Native person can become even partly empathetic to injustices befalling Indigenous people. Even in the United States, idyllic reports in the media have been a total misrepresentation of Native Americans. Workshop information will cover some history, particularly of the Doctrine of Discovery, which created injustices for all Native Americans. Having a good understanding will motivate the audience to want to help in moving forward. Understanding the sacredness of the land, the different Native cultures and their traditions will trigger motivation to act. Non-Natives will begin to research the land they occupy. The information will be shared in their local churches.

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Breaking and Destroying the School-to-Prison Pipeline

5/20/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by Deaconess Erie Stuckett and Deaconess Gloria Marple.

The goal of this workshop is to show all the ways that United Methodist Women is working to serve struggling women, children and youth in their own communities affected by the school-to-prison pipeline. And the reality that more needs to be done! With Bible study, table/group discussion, power point, video and music we will work together to learn about history, shared experience, knowledge and possibilities for the future.

Led by Deaconess Erie Stuckett and Deaconess Gloria Marple.

The goal of this workshop is to show all the ways that United Methodist Women is working to serve struggling women, children and youth in their own communities affected by the school-to-prison pipeline. And the reality that more needs to be done! With Bible study, table/group discussion, power point, video and music we will work together to learn about history, shared experience, knowledge and possibilities for the future.

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Soul Care Retreats: How-tos for Designing and Hosting

5/20/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by Khia Shaw.

The immersive quality of a retreat experience creates change and builds bonds. This workshop will guide you through planning and hosting a soul care retreat using an experience map that is centered on welcoming, relevant and authentic connection opportunities. We will explore how to invite new communities, choose inspiring themes and offer tailored content that will nourish the mind, body and soul in spiritual, stress-relieving and creative ways.

Led by Khia Shaw.

The immersive quality of a retreat experience creates change and builds bonds. This workshop will guide you through planning and hosting a soul care retreat using an experience map that is centered on welcoming, relevant and authentic connection opportunities. We will explore how to invite new communities, choose inspiring themes and offer tailored content that will nourish the mind, body and soul in spiritual, stress-relieving and creative ways.

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Encountering God Through Artistic Expression

5/20/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by Kim Lewis.

Julia Cameron said, "Creativity is God's gift to us. Using our creativity is our gift back to God." Join in for an Art + Faith creative experience of nurturing your heart and soul. Do you have to be crafty and creative? Nope. You only need a willingness and an open heart and spirit to join in. This is an opportunity to express yourself, express your love of Christ through art, share in a spiritual adventure with others and have fun—no matter your age or skill level. Whether you consider yourself to be artistic or not, you can worship God through art. It doesn't have to be a masterpiece, for God sees the heart: "For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has—not according to what one does not have." (2 Corinthians 8:12).

Led by Kim Lewis.

Julia Cameron said, "Creativity is God's gift to us. Using our creativity is our gift back to God." Join in for an Art + Faith creative experience of nurturing your heart and soul. Do you have to be crafty and creative? Nope. You only need a willingness and an open heart and spirit to join in. This is an opportunity to express yourself, express your love of Christ through art, share in a spiritual adventure with others and have fun—no matter your age or skill level. Whether you consider yourself to be artistic or not, you can worship God through art. It doesn't have to be a masterpiece, for God sees the heart: "For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has—not according to what one does not have." (2 Corinthians 8:12).

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It Comes from Within: Community Development from the Base

5/20/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by Andrea Reily Rocha Soares.

For quite some time, charity has been an instrument to ease the suffering of the vulnerable and the oppressed. When limited to "giving," a vicious cycle of dependence comes into place for all sides. With that in mind, United Methodist Women Regional Missionaries are being equipped to assist women in their process of personal and communal development. This work starts within the community, and it is organized and led by the women themselves. It is a movement that goes from dependence to independence, from charity to justice. It guides women in their journey to find their voices, to recognize their potential and to bring concrete change to their context. It is believed that the local women with their lived experiences and knowledge have in their hands the most effective resources to solve their own personal and communal problems. This workshop will lead participants through part of an actual training, including a process of social and structural analyses of a specific issue, developing a more critical consciousness and self-awareness of their own potential as agents of transformation. When participants can understand the origin/cause of the problem, and the interconnection with other issues, they can map a possible solution that is viable and authentic to their own context. Although this particular training is being done in Latin America, and in similar ways in Africa and Asia, it is a powerful and practical resource that can be adapted to be used in any community. It is an instrument that can educate and develop critical thinking among local United Methodist Women circles and sympathizers.

Led by Andrea Reily Rocha Soares.

For quite some time, charity has been an instrument to ease the suffering of the vulnerable and the oppressed. When limited to "giving," a vicious cycle of dependence comes into place for all sides. With that in mind, United Methodist Women Regional Missionaries are being equipped to assist women in their process of personal and communal development. This work starts within the community, and it is organized and led by the women themselves. It is a movement that goes from dependence to independence, from charity to justice. It guides women in their journey to find their voices, to recognize their potential and to bring concrete change to their context. It is believed that the local women with their lived experiences and knowledge have in their hands the most effective resources to solve their own personal and communal problems. This workshop will lead participants through part of an actual training, including a process of social and structural analyses of a specific issue, developing a more critical consciousness and self-awareness of their own potential as agents of transformation. When participants can understand the origin/cause of the problem, and the interconnection with other issues, they can map a possible solution that is viable and authentic to their own context. Although this particular training is being done in Latin America, and in similar ways in Africa and Asia, it is a powerful and practical resource that can be adapted to be used in any community. It is an instrument that can educate and develop critical thinking among local United Methodist Women circles and sympathizers.

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Knitted in Faith: Discipleship of Women Yesterday and Today

5/20/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by Deaconess Amy Reimer and Deaconess Rosie Guadrrama.

Join us in this engaging workshop that combines soul care and social justice. Participants will learn to knit, while simultaneously discussing the discipleship of women in the Bible and discovering how they can use their crafting skills to achieve "intentional, nonviolent action for peace." Each participant will receive yarn, knitting needles and personal instructions on how to knit a square. They will also learn about Knitting4Peace (www.knitting4peace.org). Participants will keep all knitting supplies including their finished product, along with resources provided for how to start their own Peace Pod through Knitting4Peace.

Led by Deaconess Amy Reimer and Deaconess Rosie Guadrrama.

Join us in this engaging workshop that combines soul care and social justice. Participants will learn to knit, while simultaneously discussing the discipleship of women in the Bible and discovering how they can use their crafting skills to achieve "intentional, nonviolent action for peace." Each participant will receive yarn, knitting needles and personal instructions on how to knit a square. They will also learn about Knitting4Peace (www.knitting4peace.org). Participants will keep all knitting supplies including their finished product, along with resources provided for how to start their own Peace Pod through Knitting4Peace.

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5/20/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

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Leadership: Empowering Women Economically and Socially

5/20/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by Alzira Isaac Machauene.

This interactive workshop will provide an opportunity for women to realize the potential residing in them to fight for their rights, and in turn to encourage other women to be firm and fight for their own empowerment and well-being.

Led by Alzira Isaac Machauene.

This interactive workshop will provide an opportunity for women to realize the potential residing in them to fight for their rights, and in turn to encourage other women to be firm and fight for their own empowerment and well-being.

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Learning to Breathe: Understanding the Power of Our Emotions

5/20/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by Esher Barkat.

This interactive workshop will provide an opportunity for self-discovery and awareness, helping us recognize, understand, label, express and regulate our emotions. Participants will learn to unlock the power of emotions to help themselves and others thrive in times like these. In addition to learning about our emotions, participants will have an opportunity to learn how to breathe and be mindful. This presentation will be based on Dr. Marc Brackett's book, "Permission To Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive."

Led by Esher Barkat.

This interactive workshop will provide an opportunity for self-discovery and awareness, helping us recognize, understand, label, express and regulate our emotions. Participants will learn to unlock the power of emotions to help themselves and others thrive in times like these. In addition to learning about our emotions, participants will have an opportunity to learn how to breathe and be mindful. This presentation will be based on Dr. Marc Brackett's book, "Permission To Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive."

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Leaving My Legacy Through a Planned Gift

5/20/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by Christi Campos.

This workshop will provide valuable information on financial planning and planned giving options. Participants will be empowered with the knowledge of how to make a legacy gift through their will, life insurance, retirement fund, etc., and how to become a member of the 1869 Society.

Led by Christi Campos.

This workshop will provide valuable information on financial planning and planned giving options. Participants will be empowered with the knowledge of how to make a legacy gift through their will, life insurance, retirement fund, etc., and how to become a member of the 1869 Society.

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Listening With Your Whole Self: Breath, Body and Spirit

5/20/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by Whitney Simpson.

Join us to experience soul care and connection with your Creator through this workshop as you engage your entire body. Ever considered fostering your connection with God using your whole self? Longing for more on your spiritual journey? Seeking a new or different (yet ancient) way to connect with your Creator? A stroke at age 31 forced Whitney to slow down and listen more deeply to her body. In the process she discovered how to listen more deeply to God. Allow her to introduce (or re-introduce) you to the ancient practices in our workshop as you listen for God with your whole self in a safe and trauma-informed environment. In community, we will explore Lectio Divina (meditative scripture reading), breath prayer, basic seated yoga postures and aromatherapy with essential oils. This invitation to embodied spirituality is accessible to all and requires no previous yoga experience. Offering kindness and care for your soul, we will explore these tools together as we listen for God with the whole self—breath, body and spirit.

Led by Whitney Simpson.

Join us to experience soul care and connection with your Creator through this workshop as you engage your entire body. Ever considered fostering your connection with God using your whole self? Longing for more on your spiritual journey? Seeking a new or different (yet ancient) way to connect with your Creator? A stroke at age 31 forced Whitney to slow down and listen more deeply to her body. In the process she discovered how to listen more deeply to God. Allow her to introduce (or re-introduce) you to the ancient practices in our workshop as you listen for God with your whole self in a safe and trauma-informed environment. In community, we will explore Lectio Divina (meditative scripture reading), breath prayer, basic seated yoga postures and aromatherapy with essential oils. This invitation to embodied spirituality is accessible to all and requires no previous yoga experience. Offering kindness and care for your soul, we will explore these tools together as we listen for God with the whole self—breath, body and spirit.

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You Have What You Need! The ABCDs of Change

5/20/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by Derrek Belease.

Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) is a strategy for linking assets in your community to the change you want to make. How can you apply ABCD in your own settings? How can ABCD provide a strategy for interrupting the school-to-prison pipeline or climate justice? In this interactive workshop, you will learn the concepts of ABCD and then apply those to two case studies focusing on these very important United Methodist Women-related topics. Participants will leave with an action plan for addressing issues in their own context.

Led by Derrek Belease.

Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) is a strategy for linking assets in your community to the change you want to make. How can you apply ABCD in your own settings? How can ABCD provide a strategy for interrupting the school-to-prison pipeline or climate justice? In this interactive workshop, you will learn the concepts of ABCD and then apply those to two case studies focusing on these very important United Methodist Women-related topics. Participants will leave with an action plan for addressing issues in their own context.

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Making the Path Smooth: Effective Succession Planning

5/20/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by Sandy Wilder.

Awhile back you said yes to taking on a leadership role in United Methodist Women - how was your transition to that role? Come learn the importance of succession planning for reinforcing leadership development and making your mission team more prepared and effective, and leave with a plan to help YOUR successor.

Led by Sandy Wilder.

Awhile back you said yes to taking on a leadership role in United Methodist Women - how was your transition to that role? Come learn the importance of succession planning for reinforcing leadership development and making your mission team more prepared and effective, and leave with a plan to help YOUR successor.

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Facilitating Bible Study that Anchors Christian Transformative Education

5/20/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by Jay Godfrey.

In this workshop, participants will experience the foundational principles and practices of United Methodist Women's approach to transformative education. This workshop will include an exploration of the characteristics of Bible study that anchors transformative learning, while also experiencing portions of an interactive Bible study designed with these principles in mind. What does it take to design and lead biblically based, anti-oppression, transformative educational experiences? Join this workshop to learn more.

Led by Jay Godfrey.

In this workshop, participants will experience the foundational principles and practices of United Methodist Women's approach to transformative education. This workshop will include an exploration of the characteristics of Bible study that anchors transformative learning, while also experiencing portions of an interactive Bible study designed with these principles in mind. What does it take to design and lead biblically based, anti-oppression, transformative educational experiences? Join this workshop to learn more.

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Scripture Reflection and Bible Journaling

5/20/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by Gail Douglas Boykin.

In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about the art of Bible journaling and practice different ways to explore this medium of scriptural study. Participants will will be involved in their own Bible journaling as a beautiful way to engage with scripture. For this workshop, participants will need: A journaling Bible (a Bible that has large margins on the sides) or a Bible you don't mind drawing and writing in, pencil, eraser, colored pencils, crayons.

Led by Gail Douglas Boykin.

In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about the art of Bible journaling and practice different ways to explore this medium of scriptural study. Participants will will be involved in their own Bible journaling as a beautiful way to engage with scripture. For this workshop, participants will need: A journaling Bible (a Bible that has large margins on the sides) or a Bible you don't mind drawing and writing in, pencil, eraser, colored pencils, crayons.

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Spiritual Direction: Coming Home to Self, God and Others

5/20/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by Marsha Crockett.

Every person has the ability to hear God's voice and presence at work in her life if she is willing to listen. And listening begins in the heart, that sanctuary where the Spirit waits for us to enter. The prayer of St. Augustine encapsulates the desire to draw closer to God when he prayed, "Grant, Lord, that I may know myself, that I may know thee." We are not a society practiced in the art of deep listening to our own lives and to how God meets us there. Nor do we have many safe places to explore life, to wonder and wander in the spiritual landscape of the soul, to contend with our own faith and wrestle with angels, as Jacob did, as God reveals new mercies and new identities within our hearts. And we have few, if any, places to be heard and companioned as we are, wherever we are on the spiritual journey. Spiritual direction is a practice of companioning another to create safe, hospitable places to listen and discern God present and working in all things, forming us, leading us, loving us through it all. Insights from my own 20-year journey through spiritual direction, coupled with the story of Jesus on the road to Emmaus, will lay the foundation for each woman to explore and learn to listen and trust her own spiritual journey as she comes home to self, to God and to others.

Led by Marsha Crockett.

Every person has the ability to hear God's voice and presence at work in her life if she is willing to listen. And listening begins in the heart, that sanctuary where the Spirit waits for us to enter. The prayer of St. Augustine encapsulates the desire to draw closer to God when he prayed, "Grant, Lord, that I may know myself, that I may know thee." We are not a society practiced in the art of deep listening to our own lives and to how God meets us there. Nor do we have many safe places to explore life, to wonder and wander in the spiritual landscape of the soul, to contend with our own faith and wrestle with angels, as Jacob did, as God reveals new mercies and new identities within our hearts. And we have few, if any, places to be heard and companioned as we are, wherever we are on the spiritual journey. Spiritual direction is a practice of companioning another to create safe, hospitable places to listen and discern God present and working in all things, forming us, leading us, loving us through it all. Insights from my own 20-year journey through spiritual direction, coupled with the story of Jesus on the road to Emmaus, will lay the foundation for each woman to explore and learn to listen and trust her own spiritual journey as she comes home to self, to God and to others.

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The Art of Faithful Activism: Mobilizing Communities Through Creativity

5/20/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by Britney Lee.

"Without the songs of the movement, personally I believe that there wouldn't have been a movement," says original Freedom Singer Rutha Mae Harris. Art is a disarming and mobilizing tool of social change. Through poetry, murals, litanies, dance, song circles, photography, etc., beauty holds the power of provocation to gain attention, build bridges and gather change agents into a cause. In this workshop, author and Community Arts Nonprofit Director Britney Winn Lee will take participants through an exploration of how the arts can be used in United Methodist Women's efforts of compassionate service and advocacy. The workshop will begin with attendees being led in a group singing of "We Shall Not be Moved"(those uncomfortable with singing can clap along or use speaker-provided hand-rhythm instruments). Well-known examples of art and activism will then be shared: the "eyes" painting over the border wall, the AIDS quilt, ocean plastic sculptures, anti-war songs and civil rights spirituals. A discussion will follow, prompted by the questions: "Why do we think that most movements are accompanied by creativity? What are the arts good for in the realm of social change?" The presentation will continue with an examination of how the arts disarm, illuminate and mobilize social change by appealing to people's need for beauty, causing pause and consideration, and uniting bodies/senses with ideas. In addition to highlighting our call to mimic the Creator's creativity, United Methodist women will be given ideas for how they might utilize the arts in their spaces for their work in economic inequality (e.g., subsidized lessons), maternal and child health (e.g., neighborhood beautification), human trafficking (e.g., social media art), global migration (e.g., borderland litanies), domestic violence (e.g., art therapy), climate change (e.g., up-cycling), gender justice (e.g., children's stories), racial justice (e.g., murals), mass incarceration (e.g., restorative justice writing), etc. The workshop will conclude with a conversation about how the arts can be used especially for bridge-building during these highly divisive times in both our country and our church. As time permits, participants will take part in an exercise that demonstrates that point.

Led by Britney Lee.

"Without the songs of the movement, personally I believe that there wouldn't have been a movement," says original Freedom Singer Rutha Mae Harris. Art is a disarming and mobilizing tool of social change. Through poetry, murals, litanies, dance, song circles, photography, etc., beauty holds the power of provocation to gain attention, build bridges and gather change agents into a cause. In this workshop, author and Community Arts Nonprofit Director Britney Winn Lee will take participants through an exploration of how the arts can be used in United Methodist Women's efforts of compassionate service and advocacy. The workshop will begin with attendees being led in a group singing of "We Shall Not be Moved"(those uncomfortable with singing can clap along or use speaker-provided hand-rhythm instruments). Well-known examples of art and activism will then be shared: the "eyes" painting over the border wall, the AIDS quilt, ocean plastic sculptures, anti-war songs and civil rights spirituals. A discussion will follow, prompted by the questions: "Why do we think that most movements are accompanied by creativity? What are the arts good for in the realm of social change?" The presentation will continue with an examination of how the arts disarm, illuminate and mobilize social change by appealing to people's need for beauty, causing pause and consideration, and uniting bodies/senses with ideas. In addition to highlighting our call to mimic the Creator's creativity, United Methodist women will be given ideas for how they might utilize the arts in their spaces for their work in economic inequality (e.g., subsidized lessons), maternal and child health (e.g., neighborhood beautification), human trafficking (e.g., social media art), global migration (e.g., borderland litanies), domestic violence (e.g., art therapy), climate change (e.g., up-cycling), gender justice (e.g., children's stories), racial justice (e.g., murals), mass incarceration (e.g., restorative justice writing), etc. The workshop will conclude with a conversation about how the arts can be used especially for bridge-building during these highly divisive times in both our country and our church. As time permits, participants will take part in an exercise that demonstrates that point.

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U.S. Citizenship: It's Not as Simple as You Think

5/20/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by Olhivia Gutierrez and Minerva Briones.

In this workshop, Olhivia and Minerva will share their personal story of their pathway to citizenship, as well as the roadblocks and impediments encountered by many applicants they has helped along the way. The workshop will be interactive with a "Citizenship Quiz" that features sample civics questions that are asked by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the interviews. As participants educate themselves on the process of citizenship, they will be better equipped to advocate for our immigrant brothers and sisters.

Led by Olhivia Gutierrez and Minerva Briones.

In this workshop, Olhivia and Minerva will share their personal story of their pathway to citizenship, as well as the roadblocks and impediments encountered by many applicants they has helped along the way. The workshop will be interactive with a "Citizenship Quiz" that features sample civics questions that are asked by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the interviews. As participants educate themselves on the process of citizenship, they will be better equipped to advocate for our immigrant brothers and sisters.

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Reading the Bible Through a New Normal Lens

5/20/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by Glory Dharmaraj.

In this workshop, we will contextualize the current moment as a vital space between two moments and two spaces. The present moment is a place between a forced exile—due to the pandemic—and a new normal, a space of post-pandemic recovery. The story of "exile and post-exile" of God's children in the Bible offers a timeless interpretive lens and call for witness, as we move into a time of new normal. We will look at two interconnected passages in the Bible: Isaiah 61:1-4 and Luke 4:16-19. We will explore what new normal discipleship calls forth in us, as we follow the God of Home Coming (Isaiah) made concrete in Jesus' reading of the same message (Luke) in his hometown.

Led by Glory Dharmaraj.

In this workshop, we will contextualize the current moment as a vital space between two moments and two spaces. The present moment is a place between a forced exile—due to the pandemic—and a new normal, a space of post-pandemic recovery. The story of "exile and post-exile" of God's children in the Bible offers a timeless interpretive lens and call for witness, as we move into a time of new normal. We will look at two interconnected passages in the Bible: Isaiah 61:1-4 and Luke 4:16-19. We will explore what new normal discipleship calls forth in us, as we follow the God of Home Coming (Isaiah) made concrete in Jesus' reading of the same message (Luke) in his hometown.

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Way of Integrity: Right Relationship with Self, Others and God

5/20/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by Becky Williams and Rev. Pamela Pirtle.

Can a person determine your core values by observing the way you live your life? "The Way of Integrity," inspired by The Integrity Project at Emory University, was developed for laity to teach and encourage living in right relationship with oneself and others within the faith communities of our local UM ministries. Through deep exploration of scripture, spiritual practices and other resources, participants will give intentional attention to their core values and the development of self-awareness in all they do. This workshop will cover material that is easily adaptable for individuals and groups. Each participant will be provided with a Leader and Participant Workbook.

Led by Becky Williams and Rev. Pamela Pirtle.

Can a person determine your core values by observing the way you live your life? "The Way of Integrity," inspired by The Integrity Project at Emory University, was developed for laity to teach and encourage living in right relationship with oneself and others within the faith communities of our local UM ministries. Through deep exploration of scripture, spiritual practices and other resources, participants will give intentional attention to their core values and the development of self-awareness in all they do. This workshop will cover material that is easily adaptable for individuals and groups. Each participant will be provided with a Leader and Participant Workbook.

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Women, Leadership and Change

5/20/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by Betty Gittens and Tatiana Dwyer.

United Methodist Women are making a difference for countless women, children and youth around the world. This workshop will explore the organization's international work. We will discuss the impact of this work on poverty through the lens of our economic development initiatives, enhancing capacities of local women leaders and building successful partnerships with Central Conferences women and local United Methodist Women organizations.

Led by Betty Gittens and Tatiana Dwyer.

United Methodist Women are making a difference for countless women, children and youth around the world. This workshop will explore the organization's international work. We will discuss the impact of this work on poverty through the lens of our economic development initiatives, enhancing capacities of local women leaders and building successful partnerships with Central Conferences women and local United Methodist Women organizations.

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A Decision to Make: Self-Care Is Soul Care

5/20/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Christine Atrero.

This interactive workshop will offer a moment of decision-making that self-care is soul care. It is an opportunity to realize the importance of self-care in fulfilling our mission and service, and as we nurture souls in our respective setting or context. It is an active engagement with participants as an event of refilling, renewing and recharging, focusing on the significance of vigilant self-care and recognizing the body as the temple of the Holy Spirit, thus giving value to the wholeness of the soul. This workshop provides theological and biblical foundations, fortified with testimonies and experiences from the participants and other relevant resources.

Led by Christine Atrero.

This interactive workshop will offer a moment of decision-making that self-care is soul care. It is an opportunity to realize the importance of self-care in fulfilling our mission and service, and as we nurture souls in our respective setting or context. It is an active engagement with participants as an event of refilling, renewing and recharging, focusing on the significance of vigilant self-care and recognizing the body as the temple of the Holy Spirit, thus giving value to the wholeness of the soul. This workshop provides theological and biblical foundations, fortified with testimonies and experiences from the participants and other relevant resources.

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Advancing Just Energy for All in Rural Communities

5/20/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Liz Veazy, Wan Smith, and Heaven Campbell.

There are more than 800 rural electric co-ops (RECs) in the United States providing electricity to 42 million Americans. Nationally, RECs get 67 percent of their energy from fossil fuels, and most customers do not realize they are actually member-owners of an electric co-op. Join us if you are interested in organizing member-owners of a REC to improve your co-op and bring/expand access to just energy at your co-op. We'll also touch on siting of energy projects in rural communities and exciting work on agri-voltaics—combining solar panels and agriculture. We'll focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy leadership at electric co-ops and the national movement for electric co-op reform. You'll come away with a plan for increasing just energy at your co-op!

Led by Liz Veazy, Wan Smith, and Heaven Campbell.

There are more than 800 rural electric co-ops (RECs) in the United States providing electricity to 42 million Americans. Nationally, RECs get 67 percent of their energy from fossil fuels, and most customers do not realize they are actually member-owners of an electric co-op. Join us if you are interested in organizing member-owners of a REC to improve your co-op and bring/expand access to just energy at your co-op. We'll also touch on siting of energy projects in rural communities and exciting work on agri-voltaics—combining solar panels and agriculture. We'll focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy leadership at electric co-ops and the national movement for electric co-op reform. You'll come away with a plan for increasing just energy at your co-op!

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Caring for Your Soul Through Scripture and the Senses

5/20/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Valerie Clark and Magdala Edmond.

In this interactive workshop, participants will be invited to: explore scriptures that speak to care of the soul, use your senses to experience God's presence and make an item that will contain a biblically based mantra of your choosing. Thoughts on taking care of your soul from the perspective of a young adult will also be explored. All examples and ideas shared in the workshop will be provided as a handout for participants to share with your sisters at home and in your communities.

Led by Valerie Clark and Magdala Edmond.

In this interactive workshop, participants will be invited to: explore scriptures that speak to care of the soul, use your senses to experience God's presence and make an item that will contain a biblically based mantra of your choosing. Thoughts on taking care of your soul from the perspective of a young adult will also be explored. All examples and ideas shared in the workshop will be provided as a handout for participants to share with your sisters at home and in your communities.

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Called to Purpose: Leadership Principles from Queen Esther

5/20/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Rachelle Milner.

This workshop is designed to encourage, uplift and inspire women to lead with diligence, confidence and expertise in the many roles of life. It highlights the importance of their roles and removes stereotypes of hierarchy and stigma. Principles from the book of Esther will be used to identify parallels to our current-day experiences.

Led by Rachelle Milner.

This workshop is designed to encourage, uplift and inspire women to lead with diligence, confidence and expertise in the many roles of life. It highlights the importance of their roles and removes stereotypes of hierarchy and stigma. Principles from the book of Esther will be used to identify parallels to our current-day experiences.

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Devotional Writing: Connecting Daily Life with God's Work

5/20/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Lindsay Gray.

In this workshop, participants will learn about the spiritual practice of devotional writing. Through conversation and theological reflection, participants will make connections between their lives and what God is doing in the world. While some of the content will have broad application to writing short devotional pieces in general, this workshop will specifically address writing for The Upper Room daily devotional guide. In our time together, we will read and discuss a published meditation. Then participants will have the opportunity to begin writing their own meditation and be invited to submit it for possible publication in a future issue of The Upper Room, an international publication with a readership of more than 3 million people worldwide.

Led by Lindsay Gray.

In this workshop, participants will learn about the spiritual practice of devotional writing. Through conversation and theological reflection, participants will make connections between their lives and what God is doing in the world. While some of the content will have broad application to writing short devotional pieces in general, this workshop will specifically address writing for The Upper Room daily devotional guide. In our time together, we will read and discuss a published meditation. Then participants will have the opportunity to begin writing their own meditation and be invited to submit it for possible publication in a future issue of The Upper Room, an international publication with a readership of more than 3 million people worldwide.

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Hope For The Future: Leadership During/After the Pandemic

5/20/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Julie Noel.

Effective leadership that yields positive results—before, during, or after a pandemic—is intentional and influential. Recognizing that Jesus Christ is the ultimate model for "servant leadership," this interactive workshop will provide attendees an opportunity to explore a variety of servant leadership principles (seeking God's direction, discerning organizational culture, communicating expectations, team building, identifying desired outcomes, charting a plan forward and making as-needed adjustments, providing encouragement and support, etc.), and recognize the importance of applying Christ-centered servant leadership guidelines and principles to leadership roles at all levels of the United Methodist Women organization and the church.

Led by Julie Noel.

Effective leadership that yields positive results—before, during, or after a pandemic—is intentional and influential. Recognizing that Jesus Christ is the ultimate model for "servant leadership," this interactive workshop will provide attendees an opportunity to explore a variety of servant leadership principles (seeking God's direction, discerning organizational culture, communicating expectations, team building, identifying desired outcomes, charting a plan forward and making as-needed adjustments, providing encouragement and support, etc.), and recognize the importance of applying Christ-centered servant leadership guidelines and principles to leadership roles at all levels of the United Methodist Women organization and the church.

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How Just Is My Energy and Why Should I Care?

5/20/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Karen McElfish and Rita Simpkins-Smith.

From traveling to heating our homes and charging our phones, most of us have benefited from energy. But is the energy that fuels these possibilities just when the energy we consume is the primary cause of the climate crisis and air pollution? At this workshop, we will examine our own energy consumption and examine five reasons why women of faith should care about just energy for all. This workshop will provide an overview of United Methodist Women's Just Energy for All campaign and concrete ways United Methodist Women can advocate for just energy.

Led by Karen McElfish and Rita Simpkins-Smith.

From traveling to heating our homes and charging our phones, most of us have benefited from energy. But is the energy that fuels these possibilities just when the energy we consume is the primary cause of the climate crisis and air pollution? At this workshop, we will examine our own energy consumption and examine five reasons why women of faith should care about just energy for all. This workshop will provide an overview of United Methodist Women's Just Energy for All campaign and concrete ways United Methodist Women can advocate for just energy.

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Leadership Development: A Necessity for Change-makers

5/20/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Elmira Sellu and Catherine Akale.

This workshop will enable participants to learn about the different leadership styles and determine your own leadership style through self-assessment quizzes. You will ultimately be able to come up with the best style, if there is one. In the process, you will learn why it is necessary to learn about leadership and the various myths surrounding it. Participants will come up with a definition of leadership together and will brainstorm ways of becoming better leaders. The Bible will be searched to see what it says about leadership, and several references in the Bible will show Jesus as a great leader.

Led by Elmira Sellu and Catherine Akale.

This workshop will enable participants to learn about the different leadership styles and determine your own leadership style through self-assessment quizzes. You will ultimately be able to come up with the best style, if there is one. In the process, you will learn why it is necessary to learn about leadership and the various myths surrounding it. Participants will come up with a definition of leadership together and will brainstorm ways of becoming better leaders. The Bible will be searched to see what it says about leadership, and several references in the Bible will show Jesus as a great leader.

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Leadership in Local Communities through National Mission Institutions

5/20/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Simone Wilson.

This workshop is for United Methodist Women members serving on the boards of national mission institutions, and/or any United Methodist Women member interested in developing their leadership prowess through nonprofit board participation in historically connected, community-based organizations serving women, children and youth. Most of the information and skills presented will be transferrable to other leadership opportunities in local communities, such as school boards, United Methodist Women district and conference organizations, etc. Participants will understand why responsible board participation is essential in the Christian community—and in the larger community.

Led by Simone Wilson.

This workshop is for United Methodist Women members serving on the boards of national mission institutions, and/or any United Methodist Women member interested in developing their leadership prowess through nonprofit board participation in historically connected, community-based organizations serving women, children and youth. Most of the information and skills presented will be transferrable to other leadership opportunities in local communities, such as school boards, United Methodist Women district and conference organizations, etc. Participants will understand why responsible board participation is essential in the Christian community—and in the larger community.

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Love, Justice, Service: Order of Deaconess and Home Missioner

5/20/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Megan Hale and Scott James-Vickery.

Following their mandates to alleviate suffering, eradicate causes of injustice and all that robs life of dignity and worth, facilitate the development of full human potential and share in building global community through the church universal, United Methodist Deaconesses and Home Missioners are uniquely equipped to fulfill their vocational calls as agents of change in the world today. Participants will learn: Call stories from deaconesses and home missioners; how the Order stays in community while serving throughout the United States and beyond; how deaconesses and home missioners fit into the structure of The United Methodist Church and the diaconate; about the process to become deaconesses and home missioners; and to engage in their own personal discernment.

Led by Megan Hale and Scott James-Vickery.

Following their mandates to alleviate suffering, eradicate causes of injustice and all that robs life of dignity and worth, facilitate the development of full human potential and share in building global community through the church universal, United Methodist Deaconesses and Home Missioners are uniquely equipped to fulfill their vocational calls as agents of change in the world today. Participants will learn: Call stories from deaconesses and home missioners; how the Order stays in community while serving throughout the United States and beyond; how deaconesses and home missioners fit into the structure of The United Methodist Church and the diaconate; about the process to become deaconesses and home missioners; and to engage in their own personal discernment.

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Love, Justice and Solidarity: Connecting the Personal and Political

5/20/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Darryl Stephens.

"Justice is what love looks like in public," claims professor Cornell West. I would add, solidarity is what the work of justice looks like shared by a community. How do we live into the ideals of love, justice and solidarity as Christians? This workshop is about connecting the personal and the political through love, justice and solidarity in the church's moral witness. Drawing on the 2021 Spiritual Growth Mission Study, "Bearing Witness in the Kin-dom: Living into the Church's Moral Witness through Radical Discipleship," participants will define love, justice and solidarity and see their interrelatedness; name examples in the church's moral witness; and identify our own challenges in leading others in connecting the personal and political through the church's moral witness.

Led by Darryl Stephens.

"Justice is what love looks like in public," claims professor Cornell West. I would add, solidarity is what the work of justice looks like shared by a community. How do we live into the ideals of love, justice and solidarity as Christians? This workshop is about connecting the personal and the political through love, justice and solidarity in the church's moral witness. Drawing on the 2021 Spiritual Growth Mission Study, "Bearing Witness in the Kin-dom: Living into the Church's Moral Witness through Radical Discipleship," participants will define love, justice and solidarity and see their interrelatedness; name examples in the church's moral witness; and identify our own challenges in leading others in connecting the personal and political through the church's moral witness.

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More Money, More Power! Advancing Just Energy, Advancing Equity

5/20/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Blythe Coleman-Mumford and Alicia Scott.

The Partnership for Southern Equity has been one of the leading organizations framing and advancing a just energy vision in Georgia, the southeast and the rest of the United States. Against the backdrop of global climate change, "energy equity" translates into the fair distribution of benefits and burdens from energy production and consumption. Utilized as a framework for mobilizing advocacy around energy equity issues, Just Energy represents an equity ecosystem of frontline communities, subject-matter experts, houses of worship, youth movements and academia organizing together to engage marginalized communities and communities of color about the sourcing and commodification of power generation in Georgia. While unfamiliar to many residents, those policies significantly impact household economic stability and impinge upon the overall quality of air, water and other natural resources that affect our health and well-being. Participants will learn about energy inequities in Georgia and the southeastern United States, and how women of faith can get organized and partner with PSE to advance just energy in their own areas. This session will also dive into the role of utilities in our energy system and growing energy democracy movement.

Led by Blythe Coleman-Mumford and Alicia Scott.

The Partnership for Southern Equity has been one of the leading organizations framing and advancing a just energy vision in Georgia, the southeast and the rest of the United States. Against the backdrop of global climate change, "energy equity" translates into the fair distribution of benefits and burdens from energy production and consumption. Utilized as a framework for mobilizing advocacy around energy equity issues, Just Energy represents an equity ecosystem of frontline communities, subject-matter experts, houses of worship, youth movements and academia organizing together to engage marginalized communities and communities of color about the sourcing and commodification of power generation in Georgia. While unfamiliar to many residents, those policies significantly impact household economic stability and impinge upon the overall quality of air, water and other natural resources that affect our health and well-being. Participants will learn about energy inequities in Georgia and the southeastern United States, and how women of faith can get organized and partner with PSE to advance just energy in their own areas. This session will also dive into the role of utilities in our energy system and growing energy democracy movement.

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New Wineskins—How to Share the New Brand

5/20/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Yvette Moore.

This workshop will empower participants with information about why and how the new brand was created and offer practical ways to use, share and promote United Methodist Women's new brand.

Led by Yvette Moore.

This workshop will empower participants with information about why and how the new brand was created and offer practical ways to use, share and promote United Methodist Women's new brand.

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Self-Care: Serving with Joy Instead of Distress

5/20/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Dallas Conyers.

This gentle but challenging session will lead participants through a process of identifying whether they serve in joy or distress and understanding how they are affecting the environments in which they serve. In addition to making the connection between joy and self-care, participants will learn to self-identify their joys and take home concrete tools and exercises that will help them live in, work in and spread that joy through service for the glory of God.

Led by Dallas Conyers.

This gentle but challenging session will lead participants through a process of identifying whether they serve in joy or distress and understanding how they are affecting the environments in which they serve. In addition to making the connection between joy and self-care, participants will learn to self-identify their joys and take home concrete tools and exercises that will help them live in, work in and spread that joy through service for the glory of God.

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This Is My Body: A Workshop of Re-membering Ourselves

5/20/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Hannah Shanks.

Bodies are important to God. This workshop begins with the radical premise that God values our bodies and what we do with them. Combining storytelling, discussion and active reflection, we will invite participants to own the messages they have been given about their bodies—wounds inflicted at the hands of God's people—and encourage them to consider how God is calling them to deeper communion with their whole selves. The session will move in multiple parts: storytelling, partner/group discussion and a small service of reclaiming our bodies with tattoos reading: "This Is My Body."

Led by Hannah Shanks.

Bodies are important to God. This workshop begins with the radical premise that God values our bodies and what we do with them. Combining storytelling, discussion and active reflection, we will invite participants to own the messages they have been given about their bodies—wounds inflicted at the hands of God's people—and encourage them to consider how God is calling them to deeper communion with their whole selves. The session will move in multiple parts: storytelling, partner/group discussion and a small service of reclaiming our bodies with tattoos reading: "This Is My Body."

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Trans and Gender Nonconformity: How to Join the Conversation

5/20/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Angelea and Allison Francesco.

This interactive workshop will engage in the history, background and verbiage of both trans identity and gender variance. We will discuss the root causes of societal expectations that have resulted in the oppression of trans and GNC (Gender Nonconforming) individuals, and the support strategies that may be implemented to create welcoming environments which embrace one's full identity in God's image. All of this will be done in an effort to empower attendees to join the conversation on trans inclusivity.

Led by Angelea and Allison Francesco.

This interactive workshop will engage in the history, background and verbiage of both trans identity and gender variance. We will discuss the root causes of societal expectations that have resulted in the oppression of trans and GNC (Gender Nonconforming) individuals, and the support strategies that may be implemented to create welcoming environments which embrace one's full identity in God's image. All of this will be done in an effort to empower attendees to join the conversation on trans inclusivity.

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Breaking Cycles and Learning to Fly

5/20/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Nathalia Juez Mahecha and Hannah Reasoner.

This interactive workshop invites you to meet the realities of women in Colombia such as Rosa Elvira Cely, a symbol of the fight against femicide. Her death led to the creation of Law 1761 in 2015, which penalizes femicide as a crime against women for their gender identity. Rosa's story gave more visibility to other women killed by partners, ex-partners, domestic violence and sexual violence. The poverty, inequality and gender violence in which many women in Colombia are forced to live create cycles that seem to have no way out and that normalize harmful patterns. We will examine, through a dynamic activity, what it might mean to live with this kind of imposed limited vision. Participants will begin to see how they can become change-makers through small actions. Together we will find routes to interrupt and shatter these cycles of poverty, inequality and gender violence from their root causes through human rights education. We will discover tools to overcome stereotypes, recognize our own potentials and improve our communication to commit to transforming violent patriarchal culture and sexist language. In this way, we will transform the spaces around us and create new paths of hope that serve to expand our way of seeing, living and understanding the world. This will help us recognize, face and stop the normalization of these social injustices. This is a process of empowerment, becoming leaders that can transform the community and the world. We hope you bring the tools and lessons from this workshop to your communities to continue breaking cycles of injustice, inequality and violence, and create new possibilities and dreams of a better world on the personal, community, national or global level.

Led by Nathalia Juez Mahecha and Hannah Reasoner.

This interactive workshop invites you to meet the realities of women in Colombia such as Rosa Elvira Cely, a symbol of the fight against femicide. Her death led to the creation of Law 1761 in 2015, which penalizes femicide as a crime against women for their gender identity. Rosa's story gave more visibility to other women killed by partners, ex-partners, domestic violence and sexual violence. The poverty, inequality and gender violence in which many women in Colombia are forced to live create cycles that seem to have no way out and that normalize harmful patterns. We will examine, through a dynamic activity, what it might mean to live with this kind of imposed limited vision. Participants will begin to see how they can become change-makers through small actions. Together we will find routes to interrupt and shatter these cycles of poverty, inequality and gender violence from their root causes through human rights education. We will discover tools to overcome stereotypes, recognize our own potentials and improve our communication to commit to transforming violent patriarchal culture and sexist language. In this way, we will transform the spaces around us and create new paths of hope that serve to expand our way of seeing, living and understanding the world. This will help us recognize, face and stop the normalization of these social injustices. This is a process of empowerment, becoming leaders that can transform the community and the world. We hope you bring the tools and lessons from this workshop to your communities to continue breaking cycles of injustice, inequality and violence, and create new possibilities and dreams of a better world on the personal, community, national or global level.

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Aligning the Body, Mind and Spirit for Soul Purposes!

5/20/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Dawn Martin.

The purpose of this workshop will be to impress upon participants the importance of physical alignment for achieving one's soul purpose. Spiritual workers often overlook the importance of physical fitness for aligning and achieving the work that their soul became embodied to perform in this lifetime. An aligned spine and subtle body is a more fit and effective vessel for the soul to carry out its work. In this workshop I will teach basic Pilates principles that will enhance posture, agility, balance, core strength and overall performance. I will teach Pilates exercises so that the practice becomes a mindful moving meditation with all the benefits of mindful meditation, such as increased focus and decreased cortisol and stress levels. The goal is to be as fit for service as possible at any age or stage!

Led by Dawn Martin.

The purpose of this workshop will be to impress upon participants the importance of physical alignment for achieving one's soul purpose. Spiritual workers often overlook the importance of physical fitness for aligning and achieving the work that their soul became embodied to perform in this lifetime. An aligned spine and subtle body is a more fit and effective vessel for the soul to carry out its work. In this workshop I will teach basic Pilates principles that will enhance posture, agility, balance, core strength and overall performance. I will teach Pilates exercises so that the practice becomes a mindful moving meditation with all the benefits of mindful meditation, such as increased focus and decreased cortisol and stress levels. The goal is to be as fit for service as possible at any age or stage!

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Bread of Life: Nourishment for the Journey

5/20/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Rev. J. Dana Trent.

Our lives are not static. Amid life's stresses and struggles, what is the recipe for an essential, balanced spiritual life? What spiritual practices foster healing and renewal? And what key ingredients invite us into a deeper relationship with God to help satiate our spiritual hunger? While Jesus' exterior life modeled ministry and service, his inner life was nourished by stillness, silence, prayer and spiritual practices. In this way, we are reminded that our faith consists of both action and contemplation.

Led by Rev. J. Dana Trent.

Our lives are not static. Amid life's stresses and struggles, what is the recipe for an essential, balanced spiritual life? What spiritual practices foster healing and renewal? And what key ingredients invite us into a deeper relationship with God to help satiate our spiritual hunger? While Jesus' exterior life modeled ministry and service, his inner life was nourished by stillness, silence, prayer and spiritual practices. In this way, we are reminded that our faith consists of both action and contemplation.

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The Gift of Mentoring

5/20/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Debra Hadsall.

United Methodist Women was instrumental in starting a group-mentoring activity led by volunteer professional women, focused on life skills for middle and high school students. Lunch Bunch Mentoring for middle and high school female students takes place during lunchtime on school property with the support of the students, volunteers, counselors and school superintendents. The mentoring activity encourages students to do their best, graduate from high school, have some fun along the way and make good decisions. One of the life skills is decision-making and understanding the value of delaying pregnancy until after high school graduation. This presentation is a guide to anyone who is interested in creating and maintaining a similar group-mentoring and life-skills activity in their communities.

Led by Debra Hadsall.

United Methodist Women was instrumental in starting a group-mentoring activity led by volunteer professional women, focused on life skills for middle and high school students. Lunch Bunch Mentoring for middle and high school female students takes place during lunchtime on school property with the support of the students, volunteers, counselors and school superintendents. The mentoring activity encourages students to do their best, graduate from high school, have some fun along the way and make good decisions. One of the life skills is decision-making and understanding the value of delaying pregnancy until after high school graduation. This presentation is a guide to anyone who is interested in creating and maintaining a similar group-mentoring and life-skills activity in their communities.

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My Word, My World: A Reflective Writing Workshop

5/20/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Young Mae Kim.

This workshop is designed to model a space for participants to engage deeply with the Word of God and express their feelings and thoughts through writing. Participants will come with a notebook for manual writing or an electronic device, and will participate in two ways. First they will reflect on a provided text, of scripture verse, poem, or statement (quote) together as a group (6-8 people per round table), and then write their own individual reflection and response to the text. Next is a communal writing time, where each group selects a theme and comes up with a written result showing their collective understanding and resolve.

Led by Young Mae Kim.

This workshop is designed to model a space for participants to engage deeply with the Word of God and express their feelings and thoughts through writing. Participants will come with a notebook for manual writing or an electronic device, and will participate in two ways. First they will reflect on a provided text, of scripture verse, poem, or statement (quote) together as a group (6-8 people per round table), and then write their own individual reflection and response to the text. Next is a communal writing time, where each group selects a theme and comes up with a written result showing their collective understanding and resolve.

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Way of Integrity: Right Relationship with Self, Others and God

5/20/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Becky Williams and Rev. Pamela Pirtle.

Can a person determine your core values by observing the way you live your life? "The Way of Integrity," inspired by The Integrity Project at Emory University, was developed for laity to teach and encourage living in right relationship with oneself and others within the faith communities of our local UM ministries. Through deep exploration of scripture, spiritual practices and other resources, participants will give intentional attention to their core values and the development of self-awareness in all they do. This workshop will cover material that is easily adaptable for individuals and groups. Each participant will be provided with a Leader and Participant Workbook.

Led by Becky Williams and Rev. Pamela Pirtle.

Can a person determine your core values by observing the way you live your life? "The Way of Integrity," inspired by The Integrity Project at Emory University, was developed for laity to teach and encourage living in right relationship with oneself and others within the faith communities of our local UM ministries. Through deep exploration of scripture, spiritual practices and other resources, participants will give intentional attention to their core values and the development of self-awareness in all they do. This workshop will cover material that is easily adaptable for individuals and groups. Each participant will be provided with a Leader and Participant Workbook.

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Transit Equity: Transportation, Just Energy and Climate Justice

5/20/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Elizabeth Chun Hye Lee and Michael Leon Guerrero.

Rosa Parks worked to make public transportation accessible for all. Her faith inspired and undergirded her prophetic witness. "I learned people should stand up for their rights, just as the Children of Israel stood up to the Pharaoh," she once commented. Transit equity is not only an expression of our faith call to seek racial and economic justice, but it is key to advancing climate justice. The transportation sector is the main source of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Limited access to affordable public transportation disproportionately affects communities of color and low-income communities—the same communities that experience a higher burden of negative impacts from air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to making public transit accessible and affordable for all, we can work toward cleaner air and healthier communities by advancing public transit that is powered by clean and renewable energy. As people of faith, we have an opportunity to lift our voices in support of transit equity. Are you someone who relies on public transportation to get to work, school, or church? Are you a transit worker? Would you use public transit if it was more affordable and more accessible? Are you part of a community that is impacted by air pollution from vehicles powered by unclean energy? If you responded yes to any of these questions, this workshop is for you. Come share about your story, learn about the history of the struggle for transit equity, how it connects with climate justice and how you can advance just energy for all and transit equity at the same time.

Led by Elizabeth Chun Hye Lee and Michael Leon Guerrero.

Rosa Parks worked to make public transportation accessible for all. Her faith inspired and undergirded her prophetic witness. "I learned people should stand up for their rights, just as the Children of Israel stood up to the Pharaoh," she once commented. Transit equity is not only an expression of our faith call to seek racial and economic justice, but it is key to advancing climate justice. The transportation sector is the main source of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Limited access to affordable public transportation disproportionately affects communities of color and low-income communities—the same communities that experience a higher burden of negative impacts from air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to making public transit accessible and affordable for all, we can work toward cleaner air and healthier communities by advancing public transit that is powered by clean and renewable energy. As people of faith, we have an opportunity to lift our voices in support of transit equity. Are you someone who relies on public transportation to get to work, school, or church? Are you a transit worker? Would you use public transit if it was more affordable and more accessible? Are you part of a community that is impacted by air pollution from vehicles powered by unclean energy? If you responded yes to any of these questions, this workshop is for you. Come share about your story, learn about the history of the struggle for transit equity, how it connects with climate justice and how you can advance just energy for all and transit equity at the same time.

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Restoring Just Relationships: The Critical Role of Just Transition Toward Climate Justice, Just Energy for All

5/20/2022 | 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Moderated by Elizabeth Chun Hye Lee.
Panelists include Michael Leon Guerrero, Alicia Scott,and Finda Quiwa.

To address the climate crisis, climate scientists have noted the urgency to completely phase out fossil fuels and move toward 100-percent renewable energy economy-wide by 2050. This means overhauling the energy sector, where 80 percent of U.S. energy currently comes from fossil fuels, mostly for transportation and electricity generation. As United Methodist Women, we are not simply interested in reducing emissions while maintaining existing systems of oppression, but in being part of restoring right relationship with God, one another and creation. The current energy economy has undergirded the livelihood of millions of workers and surrounding communities. Moreover, the current energy system has disproportionately harmed Indigenous peoples' health, lands, sacred grounds and self-determination. It has harmed fence-line communities near fossil fuel facilities, power plants, waste sites and heavily trafficked roads and highways that were sited and placed in Black, Indigenous, Latino/a/x and low-wealth communities. In addition, many in the U.S. face an energy burden, where a significant portion of their wages are directed to cover energy bills or face energy insecurity with little access to affordable energy. Globally, one billon people do not have access to energy and are least responsible for but bear the brunt of the climate crisis. In this complex reality, how do we move from our current unjust energy system to a future energy economy that provides transitions that are just and equitable so that we truly realize Just Energy for All here in the U.S. and around the world? What would such just transitions look like? Join us for this town hall and hear from speakers who are working to advance just transition for workers, communities, Indigenous peoples and the world. Join to learn how we can be part of advancing just transition as United Methodist Women.

Moderated by Elizabeth Chun Hye Lee.
Panelists include Michael Leon Guerrero, Alicia Scott,and Finda Quiwa.

To address the climate crisis, climate scientists have noted the urgency to completely phase out fossil fuels and move toward 100-percent renewable energy economy-wide by 2050. This means overhauling the energy sector, where 80 percent of U.S. energy currently comes from fossil fuels, mostly for transportation and electricity generation. As United Methodist Women, we are not simply interested in reducing emissions while maintaining existing systems of oppression, but in being part of restoring right relationship with God, one another and creation. The current energy economy has undergirded the livelihood of millions of workers and surrounding communities. Moreover, the current energy system has disproportionately harmed Indigenous peoples' health, lands, sacred grounds and self-determination. It has harmed fence-line communities near fossil fuel facilities, power plants, waste sites and heavily trafficked roads and highways that were sited and placed in Black, Indigenous, Latino/a/x and low-wealth communities. In addition, many in the U.S. face an energy burden, where a significant portion of their wages are directed to cover energy bills or face energy insecurity with little access to affordable energy. Globally, one billon people do not have access to energy and are least responsible for but bear the brunt of the climate crisis. In this complex reality, how do we move from our current unjust energy system to a future energy economy that provides transitions that are just and equitable so that we truly realize Just Energy for All here in the U.S. and around the world? What would such just transitions look like? Join us for this town hall and hear from speakers who are working to advance just transition for workers, communities, Indigenous peoples and the world. Join to learn how we can be part of advancing just transition as United Methodist Women.

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For Such a Time as This: Racism, Antiracism and The United Methodist Church

5/20/2022 | 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Moderated by Sally Vonner.
Panelists include M. Garlinda Burton, Lydia Munoz, Emily Jones, and Sophia Agtarap.

"For if you keep silence at such a time as this, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another quarter, but you and your father's family will perish. Who knows? Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this." (Esther 4:14) Our Wesleyan tradition calls us to embrace both personal and social holiness, challenging racism at all levels for the sake of God's kin-dom. As United Methodist Women, we believe that racial justice must be a central guiding value in any conversation about the future of our church. This panel discussion invites church leaders to share tools and strategies for claiming a place at the table to collectively dismantle racism. We will learn about the history and present of The United Methodist Church, including the key role of the General Commission on Religion and Race and the UM caucuses. Together we will explore faithful action opportunities and building capacity for effective antiracist practice at multiple levels, from congregation to conference to the full connection. Panelists will share the ways that their faith strengthens them for this ongoing and difficult work as they invite you to join the journey.

Moderated by Sally Vonner.
Panelists include M. Garlinda Burton, Lydia Munoz, Emily Jones, and Sophia Agtarap.

"For if you keep silence at such a time as this, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another quarter, but you and your father's family will perish. Who knows? Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this." (Esther 4:14) Our Wesleyan tradition calls us to embrace both personal and social holiness, challenging racism at all levels for the sake of God's kin-dom. As United Methodist Women, we believe that racial justice must be a central guiding value in any conversation about the future of our church. This panel discussion invites church leaders to share tools and strategies for claiming a place at the table to collectively dismantle racism. We will learn about the history and present of The United Methodist Church, including the key role of the General Commission on Religion and Race and the UM caucuses. Together we will explore faithful action opportunities and building capacity for effective antiracist practice at multiple levels, from congregation to conference to the full connection. Panelists will share the ways that their faith strengthens them for this ongoing and difficult work as they invite you to join the journey.

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More Money, More Power! Advancing Just Energy, Advancing Equity

5/21/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by Blythe Coleman-Mumford and Alicia Scott.

The Partnership for Southern Equity has been one of the leading organizations framing and advancing a just energy vision in Georgia, the southeast and the rest of the United States. Against the backdrop of global climate change, "energy equity" translates into the fair distribution of benefits and burdens from energy production and consumption. Utilized as a framework for mobilizing advocacy around energy equity issues, Just Energy represents an equity ecosystem of frontline communities, subject-matter experts, houses of worship, youth movements and academia organizing together to engage marginalized communities and communities of color about the sourcing and commodification of power generation in Georgia. While unfamiliar to many residents, those policies significantly impact household economic stability and impinge upon the overall quality of air, water and other natural resources that affect our health and well-being. Participants will learn about energy inequities in Georgia and the southeastern United States, and how women of faith can get organized and partner with PSE to advance just energy in their own areas. This session will also dive into the role of utilities in our energy system and growing energy democracy movement.

Led by Blythe Coleman-Mumford and Alicia Scott.

The Partnership for Southern Equity has been one of the leading organizations framing and advancing a just energy vision in Georgia, the southeast and the rest of the United States. Against the backdrop of global climate change, "energy equity" translates into the fair distribution of benefits and burdens from energy production and consumption. Utilized as a framework for mobilizing advocacy around energy equity issues, Just Energy represents an equity ecosystem of frontline communities, subject-matter experts, houses of worship, youth movements and academia organizing together to engage marginalized communities and communities of color about the sourcing and commodification of power generation in Georgia. While unfamiliar to many residents, those policies significantly impact household economic stability and impinge upon the overall quality of air, water and other natural resources that affect our health and well-being. Participants will learn about energy inequities in Georgia and the southeastern United States, and how women of faith can get organized and partner with PSE to advance just energy in their own areas. This session will also dive into the role of utilities in our energy system and growing energy democracy movement.

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Reading the Bible Through a New Normal Lens

5/21/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by Glory Dharmaraj.

In this workshop, we will contextualize the current moment as a vital space between two moments and two spaces. The present moment is a place between a forced exile—due to the pandemic—and a new normal, a space of post-pandemic recovery. The story of "exile and post-exile" of God's children in the Bible offers a timeless interpretive lens and call for witness, as we move into a time of new normal. We will look at two interconnected passages in the Bible: Isaiah 61:1-4 and Luke 4:16-19. We will explore what new normal discipleship calls forth in us, as we follow the God of Home Coming (Isaiah) made concrete in Jesus' reading of the same message (Luke) in his hometown.

Led by Glory Dharmaraj.

In this workshop, we will contextualize the current moment as a vital space between two moments and two spaces. The present moment is a place between a forced exile—due to the pandemic—and a new normal, a space of post-pandemic recovery. The story of "exile and post-exile" of God's children in the Bible offers a timeless interpretive lens and call for witness, as we move into a time of new normal. We will look at two interconnected passages in the Bible: Isaiah 61:1-4 and Luke 4:16-19. We will explore what new normal discipleship calls forth in us, as we follow the God of Home Coming (Isaiah) made concrete in Jesus' reading of the same message (Luke) in his hometown.

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The Gift of Mentoring

5/21/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by Debra Hadsall.

United Methodist Women was instrumental in starting a group-mentoring activity led by volunteer professional women, focused on life skills for middle and high school students. Lunch Bunch Mentoring for middle and high school female students takes place during lunchtime on school property with the support of the students, volunteers, counselors and school superintendents. The mentoring activity encourages students to do their best, graduate from high school, have some fun along the way and make good decisions. One of the life skills is decision-making and understanding the value of delaying pregnancy until after high school graduation. This presentation is a guide to anyone who is interested in creating and maintaining a similar group-mentoring and life-skills activity in their communities.

Led by Debra Hadsall.

United Methodist Women was instrumental in starting a group-mentoring activity led by volunteer professional women, focused on life skills for middle and high school students. Lunch Bunch Mentoring for middle and high school female students takes place during lunchtime on school property with the support of the students, volunteers, counselors and school superintendents. The mentoring activity encourages students to do their best, graduate from high school, have some fun along the way and make good decisions. One of the life skills is decision-making and understanding the value of delaying pregnancy until after high school graduation. This presentation is a guide to anyone who is interested in creating and maintaining a similar group-mentoring and life-skills activity in their communities.

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A Decision to Make: Self-Care Is Soul Care

5/21/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by Christine Atrero.

This interactive workshop will offer a moment of decision-making that self-care is soul care. It is an opportunity to realize the importance of self-care in fulfilling our mission and service, and as we nurture souls in our respective setting or context. It is an active engagement with participants as an event of refilling, renewing and recharging, focusing on the significance of vigilant self-care and recognizing the body as the temple of the Holy Spirit, thus giving value to the wholeness of the soul. This workshop provides theological and biblical foundations, fortified with testimonies and experiences from the participants and other relevant resources.

Led by Christine Atrero.

This interactive workshop will offer a moment of decision-making that self-care is soul care. It is an opportunity to realize the importance of self-care in fulfilling our mission and service, and as we nurture souls in our respective setting or context. It is an active engagement with participants as an event of refilling, renewing and recharging, focusing on the significance of vigilant self-care and recognizing the body as the temple of the Holy Spirit, thus giving value to the wholeness of the soul. This workshop provides theological and biblical foundations, fortified with testimonies and experiences from the participants and other relevant resources.

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Administration for Mission: Framed by the Lord's Prayer

5/21/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by Catherine Inserra.

This interactive workshop, and a mini-retreat of sorts, will provide a place to explore the integrity and impact of the Lord's Prayer for our souls today. Our souls get muffled in the constant, changing demands for administrative responsibilities, whether in the local church, committee work, United Methodist Women units, or overall organizational communication in nonprofits and startups. The prayer ceases to be the life-giving and gospel-centered prayer tradition it is meant to be. The increasing complexities of institutional and denominational structures cause undesirable stress which harms our souls, potentially causing us to feel vulnerable in our personal lives and leadership roles. And, our souls may despair given the overwhelming amount of suffering we see with children, youth and women. We can be sad, very sad, yet we must not despair as God calls us deeper into soul care and mission. Participants will reengage with the tradition of praying the Lord's Prayer as life-giving, dynamic and foundational across the 2,000+ years of praying this prayer Jesus gave to us.

Led by Catherine Inserra.

This interactive workshop, and a mini-retreat of sorts, will provide a place to explore the integrity and impact of the Lord's Prayer for our souls today. Our souls get muffled in the constant, changing demands for administrative responsibilities, whether in the local church, committee work, United Methodist Women units, or overall organizational communication in nonprofits and startups. The prayer ceases to be the life-giving and gospel-centered prayer tradition it is meant to be. The increasing complexities of institutional and denominational structures cause undesirable stress which harms our souls, potentially causing us to feel vulnerable in our personal lives and leadership roles. And, our souls may despair given the overwhelming amount of suffering we see with children, youth and women. We can be sad, very sad, yet we must not despair as God calls us deeper into soul care and mission. Participants will reengage with the tradition of praying the Lord's Prayer as life-giving, dynamic and foundational across the 2,000+ years of praying this prayer Jesus gave to us.

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Advancing Just Energy for All in Rural Communities

5/21/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by Liz Veazy, Wan Smith, and Heaven Campbell.

There are more than 800 rural electric co-ops (RECs) in the United States providing electricity to 42 million Americans. Nationally, RECs get 67 percent of their energy from fossil fuels, and most customers do not realize they are actually member-owners of an electric co-op. Join us if you are interested in organizing member-owners of a REC to improve your co-op and bring/expand access to just energy at your co-op. We'll also touch on siting of energy projects in rural communities and exciting work on agri-voltaics—combining solar panels and agriculture. We'll focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy leadership at electric co-ops and the national movement for electric co-op reform. You'll come away with a plan for increasing just energy at your co-op!

Led by Liz Veazy, Wan Smith, and Heaven Campbell.

There are more than 800 rural electric co-ops (RECs) in the United States providing electricity to 42 million Americans. Nationally, RECs get 67 percent of their energy from fossil fuels, and most customers do not realize they are actually member-owners of an electric co-op. Join us if you are interested in organizing member-owners of a REC to improve your co-op and bring/expand access to just energy at your co-op. We'll also touch on siting of energy projects in rural communities and exciting work on agri-voltaics—combining solar panels and agriculture. We'll focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy leadership at electric co-ops and the national movement for electric co-op reform. You'll come away with a plan for increasing just energy at your co-op!

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Advocacy on Prevention and Ending Gender-based Violence: Contextual Bible Study as a Tool

5/21/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by Leah Wandera, Laura Kigweba James, and Esther Inuwa.

The church is uniquely placed in society to play a decisive role in the prevention and elimination of the different forms of violence against women and children, and possesses the moral authority, responsibility and capacity to minister to the needs of those who have been abused, as well as deal with the perpetrators. Participants will: learn the injustice of gender-based violence through a biblical and African theological worldview; address the intersectionality of gender-based violence with other issues that impact their communities; gain knowledge and understanding of contextual Bible study and the church's role in advocating against gender-based violence through the application of the Social Principles; and learn how to foster healthy, safe, constructive dialogue around gender-based violence.

Led by Leah Wandera, Laura Kigweba James, and Esther Inuwa.

The church is uniquely placed in society to play a decisive role in the prevention and elimination of the different forms of violence against women and children, and possesses the moral authority, responsibility and capacity to minister to the needs of those who have been abused, as well as deal with the perpetrators. Participants will: learn the injustice of gender-based violence through a biblical and African theological worldview; address the intersectionality of gender-based violence with other issues that impact their communities; gain knowledge and understanding of contextual Bible study and the church's role in advocating against gender-based violence through the application of the Social Principles; and learn how to foster healthy, safe, constructive dialogue around gender-based violence.

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Caring for Your Soul Through Scripture and the Senses

5/21/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by Valerie Clark and Magdala Edmond.

In this interactive workshop, participants will be invited to: explore scriptures that speak to care of the soul, use your senses to experience God's presence and make an item that will contain a biblically based mantra of your choosing. Thoughts on taking care of your soul from the perspective of a young adult will also be explored. All examples and ideas shared in the workshop will be provided as a handout for participants to share with your sisters at home and in your communities.

Led by Valerie Clark and Magdala Edmond.

In this interactive workshop, participants will be invited to: explore scriptures that speak to care of the soul, use your senses to experience God's presence and make an item that will contain a biblically based mantra of your choosing. Thoughts on taking care of your soul from the perspective of a young adult will also be explored. All examples and ideas shared in the workshop will be provided as a handout for participants to share with your sisters at home and in your communities.

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Soul Care Retreats: How-tos for Designing and Hosting

5/21/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by Khia Shaw.

The immersive quality of a retreat experience creates change and builds bonds. This workshop will guide you through planning and hosting a soul care retreat using an experience map that is centered on welcoming, relevant and authentic connection opportunities. We will explore how to invite new communities, choose inspiring themes and offer tailored content that will nourish the mind, body and soul in spiritual, stress-relieving and creative ways.

Led by Khia Shaw.

The immersive quality of a retreat experience creates change and builds bonds. This workshop will guide you through planning and hosting a soul care retreat using an experience map that is centered on welcoming, relevant and authentic connection opportunities. We will explore how to invite new communities, choose inspiring themes and offer tailored content that will nourish the mind, body and soul in spiritual, stress-relieving and creative ways.

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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion—Dialogue to Address Disparities and Antiracism

5/21/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by Neal Christie.

This experiential workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to practice tools for engaged dialogue on equity, diversity and inclusion. We will use the United Methodist Social Principles as a reflective resource and offer dialogue tools to create safe space through three intentional models: relationships beyond "othering"; repair that includes systemic justice organizing and advocacy; and re-imagination, looking at what we can create together to reflect renewed communities. Participants will leave with specific tools to model and practice in their congregations and communities.

Led by Neal Christie.

This experiential workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to practice tools for engaged dialogue on equity, diversity and inclusion. We will use the United Methodist Social Principles as a reflective resource and offer dialogue tools to create safe space through three intentional models: relationships beyond "othering"; repair that includes systemic justice organizing and advocacy; and re-imagination, looking at what we can create together to reflect renewed communities. Participants will leave with specific tools to model and practice in their congregations and communities.

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Fierce Women, Fiercer Relationships

5/21/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by Lauren Breck and Olivia McKinsey.

In this 90-minute session we'll explore the relationships of Mary and Martha and Naomi and Ruth through the use of midrash and open discussion. We will explore how, through their relationships, these women encouraged, challenged and uplifted one another to fulfill their calling in life. Through these connections we see boldness, sassiness, loyalty and fun emerge through challenges, missteps and triumphs. This exploration will show how God's divine plan of relationship strengthens our bonds to one another and most importantly to God.

Led by Lauren Breck and Olivia McKinsey.

In this 90-minute session we'll explore the relationships of Mary and Martha and Naomi and Ruth through the use of midrash and open discussion. We will explore how, through their relationships, these women encouraged, challenged and uplifted one another to fulfill their calling in life. Through these connections we see boldness, sassiness, loyalty and fun emerge through challenges, missteps and triumphs. This exploration will show how God's divine plan of relationship strengthens our bonds to one another and most importantly to God.

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Hope For The Future: Leadership During/After the Pandemic

5/21/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by Julie Noel.

Effective leadership that yields positive results—before, during, or after a pandemic—is intentional and influential. Recognizing that Jesus Christ is the ultimate model for "servant leadership," this interactive workshop will provide attendees an opportunity to explore a variety of servant leadership principles (seeking God's direction, discerning organizational culture, communicating expectations, team building, identifying desired outcomes, charting a plan forward and making as-needed adjustments, providing encouragement and support, etc.), and recognize the importance of applying Christ-centered servant leadership guidelines and principles to leadership roles at all levels of the United Methodist Women organization and the church.

Led by Julie Noel.

Effective leadership that yields positive results—before, during, or after a pandemic—is intentional and influential. Recognizing that Jesus Christ is the ultimate model for "servant leadership," this interactive workshop will provide attendees an opportunity to explore a variety of servant leadership principles (seeking God's direction, discerning organizational culture, communicating expectations, team building, identifying desired outcomes, charting a plan forward and making as-needed adjustments, providing encouragement and support, etc.), and recognize the importance of applying Christ-centered servant leadership guidelines and principles to leadership roles at all levels of the United Methodist Women organization and the church.

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Interrogating the Myth of Good (White) People

5/21/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by Sophia Agtarap and Kim Brown Montenegro.

We have been taught that we should be good people. Our Christian scriptures and tradition teach us not to grow weary of doing good. But what happens when this notion of doing good prevents us from being better people? What happens when we conflate being a good person with being a just person? Join us for this interactive workshop where we will examine our own biases, habits and actions (or inaction!) that prevent us from being the justice-seeking people God made us to be, and develop strategies to disrupt these biases in our families, churches, organizations and workplaces. It is our hope that in looking inward and learning to notice the habits we have developed to be good people, we might then turn outward to love and serve others in more just-filled ways.

Led by Sophia Agtarap and Kim Brown Montenegro.

We have been taught that we should be good people. Our Christian scriptures and tradition teach us not to grow weary of doing good. But what happens when this notion of doing good prevents us from being better people? What happens when we conflate being a good person with being a just person? Join us for this interactive workshop where we will examine our own biases, habits and actions (or inaction!) that prevent us from being the justice-seeking people God made us to be, and develop strategies to disrupt these biases in our families, churches, organizations and workplaces. It is our hope that in looking inward and learning to notice the habits we have developed to be good people, we might then turn outward to love and serve others in more just-filled ways.

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Knitted in Faith: Discipleship of Women Yesterday and Today

5/21/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by Deaconess Amy Reimer and Deaconess Rosie Guadrrama.

Join us in this engaging workshop that combines soul care and social justice. Participants will learn to knit, while simultaneously discussing the discipleship of women in the Bible and discovering how they can use their crafting skills to achieve "intentional, nonviolent action for peace." Each participant will receive yarn, knitting needles and personal instructions on how to knit a square. They will also learn about Knitting4Peace (www.knitting4peace.org). Participants will keep all knitting supplies including their finished product, along with resources provided for how to start their own Peace Pod through Knitting4Peace.

Led by Deaconess Amy Reimer and Deaconess Rosie Guadrrama.

Join us in this engaging workshop that combines soul care and social justice. Participants will learn to knit, while simultaneously discussing the discipleship of women in the Bible and discovering how they can use their crafting skills to achieve "intentional, nonviolent action for peace." Each participant will receive yarn, knitting needles and personal instructions on how to knit a square. They will also learn about Knitting4Peace (www.knitting4peace.org). Participants will keep all knitting supplies including their finished product, along with resources provided for how to start their own Peace Pod through Knitting4Peace.

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Leadership in Local Communities through National Mission Institutions

5/21/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by Simone Wilson.

This workshop is for United Methodist Women members serving on the boards of national mission institutions, and/or any United Methodist Women member interested in developing their leadership prowess through nonprofit board participation in historically connected, community-based organizations serving women, children and youth. Most of the information and skills presented will be transferrable to other leadership opportunities in local communities, such as school boards, United Methodist Women district and conference organizations, etc. Participants will understand why responsible board participation is essential in the Christian community—and in the larger community.

Led by Simone Wilson.

This workshop is for United Methodist Women members serving on the boards of national mission institutions, and/or any United Methodist Women member interested in developing their leadership prowess through nonprofit board participation in historically connected, community-based organizations serving women, children and youth. Most of the information and skills presented will be transferrable to other leadership opportunities in local communities, such as school boards, United Methodist Women district and conference organizations, etc. Participants will understand why responsible board participation is essential in the Christian community—and in the larger community.

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How Just Is My Energy and Why Should I Care?

5/21/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by Karen McElfish and Rita Simpkins-Smith.

From traveling to heating our homes and charging our phones, most of us have benefited from energy. But is the energy that fuels these possibilities just when the energy we consume is the primary cause of the climate crisis and air pollution? At this workshop, we will examine our own energy consumption and examine five reasons why women of faith should care about just energy for all. This workshop will provide an overview of United Methodist Women's Just Energy for All campaign and concrete ways United Methodist Women can advocate for just energy.

Led by Karen McElfish and Rita Simpkins-Smith.

From traveling to heating our homes and charging our phones, most of us have benefited from energy. But is the energy that fuels these possibilities just when the energy we consume is the primary cause of the climate crisis and air pollution? At this workshop, we will examine our own energy consumption and examine five reasons why women of faith should care about just energy for all. This workshop will provide an overview of United Methodist Women's Just Energy for All campaign and concrete ways United Methodist Women can advocate for just energy.

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Letting Go of Leadership: Passion vs. Title

5/21/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by Shannon Priddy.

What does leadership look like in 2022 and what does it mean to lead in a hybrid of virtual and live worlds? When you have completed your tenure and you still want to lead, what do you do next? This workshop will discuss opportunities for leadership with and without a title. Participants will have the time to create their own road map to navigate the changing world of United Methodist Women and invite new women to participate. Participants will be encouraged to discuss their own unique situations to show the similarities many leaders experience when they do not hold an office.

Led by Shannon Priddy.

What does leadership look like in 2022 and what does it mean to lead in a hybrid of virtual and live worlds? When you have completed your tenure and you still want to lead, what do you do next? This workshop will discuss opportunities for leadership with and without a title. Participants will have the time to create their own road map to navigate the changing world of United Methodist Women and invite new women to participate. Participants will be encouraged to discuss their own unique situations to show the similarities many leaders experience when they do not hold an office.

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Love, Justice and Solidarity: Connecting the Personal and Political

5/21/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by Darryl Stephens.

"Justice is what love looks like in public," claims professor Cornell West. I would add, solidarity is what the work of justice looks like shared by a community. How do we live into the ideals of love, justice and solidarity as Christians? This workshop is about connecting the personal and the political through love, justice and solidarity in the church's moral witness. Drawing on the 2021 Spiritual Growth Mission Study, "Bearing Witness in the Kin-dom: Living into the Church's Moral Witness through Radical Discipleship," participants will define love, justice and solidarity and see their interrelatedness; name examples in the church's moral witness; and identify our own challenges in leading others in connecting the personal and political through the church's moral witness.

Led by Darryl Stephens.

"Justice is what love looks like in public," claims professor Cornell West. I would add, solidarity is what the work of justice looks like shared by a community. How do we live into the ideals of love, justice and solidarity as Christians? This workshop is about connecting the personal and the political through love, justice and solidarity in the church's moral witness. Drawing on the 2021 Spiritual Growth Mission Study, "Bearing Witness in the Kin-dom: Living into the Church's Moral Witness through Radical Discipleship," participants will define love, justice and solidarity and see their interrelatedness; name examples in the church's moral witness; and identify our own challenges in leading others in connecting the personal and political through the church's moral witness.

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Operationalizing Justice: Days Without Incident

5/21/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by E Michelle Ledder.

This interactive workshop will facilitate a deeper understanding of why many well-meaning institution's attempts fall short in creating a sense of belonging and eliminate discrimination. Participants will explore the implications of unaddressed Social Determinates of Health and trustworthy diversity, equity and inclusion operational practices. Partnering with your Assembly mates, you will create an action plan for your ally-oriented church / business to facilitate lasting and self-governing equity practices.

Led by E Michelle Ledder.

This interactive workshop will facilitate a deeper understanding of why many well-meaning institution's attempts fall short in creating a sense of belonging and eliminate discrimination. Participants will explore the implications of unaddressed Social Determinates of Health and trustworthy diversity, equity and inclusion operational practices. Partnering with your Assembly mates, you will create an action plan for your ally-oriented church / business to facilitate lasting and self-governing equity practices.

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Understanding and Interrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline

5/21/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by Emily Jones.

The school-to-prison pipeline detours far too many children and youth away from educational success and toward the criminal justice system. Racial disparities in discipline persist at all levels and children of color—including girls of color—experience rampant school pushout. As prayerful and powerful women of faith, God can use us to put a stop to this disturbing pattern. During this introductory workshop, we will build our understanding of the pipeline through the framework of the Wesleyan quadrilateral and learn ways we can take action both nationally and locally to revise harmful policies, practices and beliefs. No prior experience or knowledge is needed—all are welcome.

Led by Emily Jones.

The school-to-prison pipeline detours far too many children and youth away from educational success and toward the criminal justice system. Racial disparities in discipline persist at all levels and children of color—including girls of color—experience rampant school pushout. As prayerful and powerful women of faith, God can use us to put a stop to this disturbing pattern. During this introductory workshop, we will build our understanding of the pipeline through the framework of the Wesleyan quadrilateral and learn ways we can take action both nationally and locally to revise harmful policies, practices and beliefs. No prior experience or knowledge is needed—all are welcome.

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Spiritual Direction: Coming Home to Self, God and Others

5/21/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by Marsha Crockett.

Every person has the ability to hear God's voice and presence at work in her life if she is willing to listen. And listening begins in the heart, that sanctuary where the Spirit waits for us to enter. The prayer of St. Augustine encapsulates the desire to draw closer to God when he prayed, "Grant, Lord, that I may know myself, that I may know thee." We are not a society practiced in the art of deep listening to our own lives and to how God meets us there. Nor do we have many safe places to explore life, to wonder and wander in the spiritual landscape of the soul, to contend with our own faith and wrestle with angels, as Jacob did, as God reveals new mercies and new identities within our hearts. And we have few, if any, places to be heard and companioned as we are, wherever we are on the spiritual journey. Spiritual direction is a practice of companioning another to create safe, hospitable places to listen and discern God present and working in all things, forming us, leading us, loving us through it all. Insights from my own 20-year journey through spiritual direction, coupled with the story of Jesus on the road to Emmaus, will lay the foundation for each woman to explore and learn to listen and trust her own spiritual journey as she comes home to self, to God and to others.

Led by Marsha Crockett.

Every person has the ability to hear God's voice and presence at work in her life if she is willing to listen. And listening begins in the heart, that sanctuary where the Spirit waits for us to enter. The prayer of St. Augustine encapsulates the desire to draw closer to God when he prayed, "Grant, Lord, that I may know myself, that I may know thee." We are not a society practiced in the art of deep listening to our own lives and to how God meets us there. Nor do we have many safe places to explore life, to wonder and wander in the spiritual landscape of the soul, to contend with our own faith and wrestle with angels, as Jacob did, as God reveals new mercies and new identities within our hearts. And we have few, if any, places to be heard and companioned as we are, wherever we are on the spiritual journey. Spiritual direction is a practice of companioning another to create safe, hospitable places to listen and discern God present and working in all things, forming us, leading us, loving us through it all. Insights from my own 20-year journey through spiritual direction, coupled with the story of Jesus on the road to Emmaus, will lay the foundation for each woman to explore and learn to listen and trust her own spiritual journey as she comes home to self, to God and to others.

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Tackling Systemic Sin Through Just Energy in the Southeast

5/21/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by Dallas Conyers.

This multipronged workshop will reflect on how our legislative policies are often systemically harmful and can produce life conditions so bad that many people wonder if there really is a God. We will explore how workshop participants can engage with the Southern Communities for a Green New Deal policy, which has been collaboratively produced to protect and restore the underserved of the Southeastern United States through the layout of a Just Energy Transition (among other things).

Led by Dallas Conyers.

This multipronged workshop will reflect on how our legislative policies are often systemically harmful and can produce life conditions so bad that many people wonder if there really is a God. We will explore how workshop participants can engage with the Southern Communities for a Green New Deal policy, which has been collaboratively produced to protect and restore the underserved of the Southeastern United States through the layout of a Just Energy Transition (among other things).

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This Is My Body: A Workshop of Re-membering Ourselves

5/21/2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Led by Hannah Shanks.

Bodies are important to God. This workshop begins with the radical premise that God values our bodies and what we do with them. Combining storytelling, discussion and active reflection, we will invite participants to own the messages they have been given about their bodies—wounds inflicted at the hands of God's people—and encourage them to consider how God is calling them to deeper communion with their whole selves. The session will move in multiple parts: storytelling, partner/group discussion and a small service of reclaiming our bodies with tattoos reading: "This Is My Body."

Led by Hannah Shanks.

Bodies are important to God. This workshop begins with the radical premise that God values our bodies and what we do with them. Combining storytelling, discussion and active reflection, we will invite participants to own the messages they have been given about their bodies—wounds inflicted at the hands of God's people—and encourage them to consider how God is calling them to deeper communion with their whole selves. The session will move in multiple parts: storytelling, partner/group discussion and a small service of reclaiming our bodies with tattoos reading: "This Is My Body."

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Breaking and Destroying the School-to-Prison Pipeline

5/21/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by Deaconess Erie Stuckett and Deaconess Gloria Marple.

The goal of this workshop is to show all the ways that United Methodist Women is working to serve struggling women, children and youth in their own communities affected by the school-to-prison pipeline. And the reality that more needs to be done! With Bible study, table/group discussion, power point, video and music we will work together to learn about history, shared experience, knowledge and possibilities for the future.

Led by Deaconess Erie Stuckett and Deaconess Gloria Marple.

The goal of this workshop is to show all the ways that United Methodist Women is working to serve struggling women, children and youth in their own communities affected by the school-to-prison pipeline. And the reality that more needs to be done! With Bible study, table/group discussion, power point, video and music we will work together to learn about history, shared experience, knowledge and possibilities for the future.

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5/21/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

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Devotional Writing: Connecting Daily Life with God's Work

5/21/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by Lindsay Gray.

In this workshop, participants will learn about the spiritual practice of devotional writing. Through conversation and theological reflection, participants will make connections between their lives and what God is doing in the world. While some of the content will have broad application to writing short devotional pieces in general, this workshop will specifically address writing for The Upper Room daily devotional guide. In our time together, we will read and discuss a published meditation. Then participants will have the opportunity to begin writing their own meditation and be invited to submit it for possible publication in a future issue of The Upper Room, an international publication with a readership of more than 3 million people worldwide.

Led by Lindsay Gray.

In this workshop, participants will learn about the spiritual practice of devotional writing. Through conversation and theological reflection, participants will make connections between their lives and what God is doing in the world. While some of the content will have broad application to writing short devotional pieces in general, this workshop will specifically address writing for The Upper Room daily devotional guide. In our time together, we will read and discuss a published meditation. Then participants will have the opportunity to begin writing their own meditation and be invited to submit it for possible publication in a future issue of The Upper Room, an international publication with a readership of more than 3 million people worldwide.

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Encountering God Through Artistic Expression

5/21/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by Kim Lewis.

Julia Cameron said, "Creativity is God's gift to us. Using our creativity is our gift back to God." Join in for an Art + Faith creative experience of nurturing your heart and soul. Do you have to be crafty and creative? Nope. You only need a willingness and an open heart and spirit to join in. This is an opportunity to express yourself, express your love of Christ through art, share in a spiritual adventure with others and have fun—no matter your age or skill level. Whether you consider yourself to be artistic or not, you can worship God through art. It doesn't have to be a masterpiece, for God sees the heart: "For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has—not according to what one does not have." (2 Corinthians 8:12).

Led by Kim Lewis.

Julia Cameron said, "Creativity is God's gift to us. Using our creativity is our gift back to God." Join in for an Art + Faith creative experience of nurturing your heart and soul. Do you have to be crafty and creative? Nope. You only need a willingness and an open heart and spirit to join in. This is an opportunity to express yourself, express your love of Christ through art, share in a spiritual adventure with others and have fun—no matter your age or skill level. Whether you consider yourself to be artistic or not, you can worship God through art. It doesn't have to be a masterpiece, for God sees the heart: "For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has—not according to what one does not have." (2 Corinthians 8:12).

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Ending Poverty: Reading the Bible with the Poor

5/21/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by Liz Theoharis.

Religious leadership has been critical to every social movement, but that leadership often comes from the margins, from those who are most impacted by the crisis at hand, and most able to see the necessity for broad systemic change. As Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "The Church is too often a tail light instead of a headlight." But in a society where 140 million people are poor or low income, it is the responsibility of all people of conscience to shine a light on justice and come together to help lead movements for justice. As faith leaders, we join a long history and tradition of people bound by common struggle uniting across differences to confront the forces that violate life. As we discern how to continue in the ministry of Jesus Christ, we seek to realize a world where all are valued and can thrive. This session will engage Methodist women members and leaders in a discussion on the methodology of "Reading the Bible with the Poor" and how it can be adapted for their own communities (30 minutes), followed by a Bible study of a particular scriptural passages (60 minutes) that speak to God's command to end poverty and racism. Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis will facilitate the session, joined by grassroots religious leaders who are a part of the Kairos Center's Freedom Church of the Poor and the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. "Reading the Bible with the Poor" is not a biblical hermeneutic for the poor. Rather, it is a summary of a biblical hermeneutic developed out of struggle, living politics and a deep spirituality. The methodology itself is interested in uniting people across differences (in race, geography, religion, gender, ability and so on) rather than having those differences used by those in power to divide and isolate.

Led by Liz Theoharis.

Religious leadership has been critical to every social movement, but that leadership often comes from the margins, from those who are most impacted by the crisis at hand, and most able to see the necessity for broad systemic change. As Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "The Church is too often a tail light instead of a headlight." But in a society where 140 million people are poor or low income, it is the responsibility of all people of conscience to shine a light on justice and come together to help lead movements for justice. As faith leaders, we join a long history and tradition of people bound by common struggle uniting across differences to confront the forces that violate life. As we discern how to continue in the ministry of Jesus Christ, we seek to realize a world where all are valued and can thrive. This session will engage Methodist women members and leaders in a discussion on the methodology of "Reading the Bible with the Poor" and how it can be adapted for their own communities (30 minutes), followed by a Bible study of a particular scriptural passages (60 minutes) that speak to God's command to end poverty and racism. Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis will facilitate the session, joined by grassroots religious leaders who are a part of the Kairos Center's Freedom Church of the Poor and the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. "Reading the Bible with the Poor" is not a biblical hermeneutic for the poor. Rather, it is a summary of a biblical hermeneutic developed out of struggle, living politics and a deep spirituality. The methodology itself is interested in uniting people across differences (in race, geography, religion, gender, ability and so on) rather than having those differences used by those in power to divide and isolate.

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Leadership Development: A Necessity for Change-makers

5/21/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by Elmira Sellu and Catherine Akale.

This workshop will enable participants to learn about the different leadership styles and determine your own leadership style through self-assessment quizzes. You will ultimately be able to come up with the best style, if there is one. In the process, you will learn why it is necessary to learn about leadership and the various myths surrounding it. Participants will come up with a definition of leadership together and will brainstorm ways of becoming better leaders. The Bible will be searched to see what it says about leadership, and several references in the Bible will show Jesus as a great leader.

Led by Elmira Sellu and Catherine Akale.

This workshop will enable participants to learn about the different leadership styles and determine your own leadership style through self-assessment quizzes. You will ultimately be able to come up with the best style, if there is one. In the process, you will learn why it is necessary to learn about leadership and the various myths surrounding it. Participants will come up with a definition of leadership together and will brainstorm ways of becoming better leaders. The Bible will be searched to see what it says about leadership, and several references in the Bible will show Jesus as a great leader.

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Learning to Breathe: Understanding the Power of Our Emotions

5/21/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by Esher Barkat.

This interactive workshop will provide an opportunity for self-discovery and awareness, helping us recognize, understand, label, express and regulate our emotions. Participants will learn to unlock the power of emotions to help themselves and others thrive in times like these. In addition to learning about our emotions, participants will have an opportunity to learn how to breathe and be mindful. This presentation will be based on Dr. Marc Brackett's book, "Permission To Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive."

Led by Esher Barkat.

This interactive workshop will provide an opportunity for self-discovery and awareness, helping us recognize, understand, label, express and regulate our emotions. Participants will learn to unlock the power of emotions to help themselves and others thrive in times like these. In addition to learning about our emotions, participants will have an opportunity to learn how to breathe and be mindful. This presentation will be based on Dr. Marc Brackett's book, "Permission To Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive."

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Leaving My Legacy Through a Planned Gift

5/21/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by Christi Campos.

This workshop will provide valuable information on financial planning and planned giving options. Participants will be empowered with the knowledge of how to make a legacy gift through their will, life insurance, retirement fund, etc., and how to become a member of the 1869 Society.

Led by Christi Campos.

This workshop will provide valuable information on financial planning and planned giving options. Participants will be empowered with the knowledge of how to make a legacy gift through their will, life insurance, retirement fund, etc., and how to become a member of the 1869 Society.

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Listening With Your Whole Self: Breath, Body and Spirit

5/21/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by Whitney Simpson.

Join us to experience soul care and connection with your Creator through this workshop as you engage your entire body. Ever considered fostering your connection with God using your whole self? Longing for more on your spiritual journey? Seeking a new or different (yet ancient) way to connect with your Creator? A stroke at age 31 forced Whitney to slow down and listen more deeply to her body. In the process she discovered how to listen more deeply to God. Allow her to introduce (or re-introduce) you to the ancient practices in our workshop as you listen for God with your whole self in a safe and trauma-informed environment. In community, we will explore Lectio Divina (meditative scripture reading), breath prayer, basic seated yoga postures and aromatherapy with essential oils. This invitation to embodied spirituality is accessible to all and requires no previous yoga experience. Offering kindness and care for your soul, we will explore these tools together as we listen for God with the whole self—breath, body and spirit.

Led by Whitney Simpson.

Join us to experience soul care and connection with your Creator through this workshop as you engage your entire body. Ever considered fostering your connection with God using your whole self? Longing for more on your spiritual journey? Seeking a new or different (yet ancient) way to connect with your Creator? A stroke at age 31 forced Whitney to slow down and listen more deeply to her body. In the process she discovered how to listen more deeply to God. Allow her to introduce (or re-introduce) you to the ancient practices in our workshop as you listen for God with your whole self in a safe and trauma-informed environment. In community, we will explore Lectio Divina (meditative scripture reading), breath prayer, basic seated yoga postures and aromatherapy with essential oils. This invitation to embodied spirituality is accessible to all and requires no previous yoga experience. Offering kindness and care for your soul, we will explore these tools together as we listen for God with the whole self—breath, body and spirit.

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Living Loudly: Social Action as an Expression of Faith

5/21/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by M. Garlinda Burton.

Participants will learn how to "show up" confidently as Jesus-equipped activists and advocates for social justice and action by expressing and speaking the language of our Christian faith. This session will invite participants to describe their biblical and theological understanding of why followers of Jesus Christ MUST be in the public conversation SPECIFICALLY about racism, xenophobia and economic injustice. We will talk about why Christians are sometimes not trusted in these conversations and how to overcome that lack of trust.

Led by M. Garlinda Burton.

Participants will learn how to "show up" confidently as Jesus-equipped activists and advocates for social justice and action by expressing and speaking the language of our Christian faith. This session will invite participants to describe their biblical and theological understanding of why followers of Jesus Christ MUST be in the public conversation SPECIFICALLY about racism, xenophobia and economic injustice. We will talk about why Christians are sometimes not trusted in these conversations and how to overcome that lack of trust.

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Making the Path Smooth: Effective Succession Planning

5/21/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by Sandy Wilder.

Awhile back you said yes to taking on a leadership role in United Methodist Women - how was your transition to that role? Come learn the importance of succession planning for reinforcing leadership development and making your mission team more prepared and effective, and leave with a plan to help YOUR successor.

Led by Sandy Wilder.

Awhile back you said yes to taking on a leadership role in United Methodist Women - how was your transition to that role? Come learn the importance of succession planning for reinforcing leadership development and making your mission team more prepared and effective, and leave with a plan to help YOUR successor.

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Put the "Fun" in Fundraising

5/21/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by Kenya Roberts.

Join this workshop to learn and share creative fundraising ideas to support the mission work of your unit and grow gifts through your districts and conferences. Learn how we can work together, have fun and fundraise to fulfill our Purpose.

Led by Kenya Roberts.

Join this workshop to learn and share creative fundraising ideas to support the mission work of your unit and grow gifts through your districts and conferences. Learn how we can work together, have fun and fundraise to fulfill our Purpose.

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The Art of Faithful Activism: Mobilizing Communities Through Creativity

5/21/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by Britney Lee.

"Without the songs of the movement, personally I believe that there wouldn't have been a movement," says original Freedom Singer Rutha Mae Harris. Art is a disarming and mobilizing tool of social change. Through poetry, murals, litanies, dance, song circles, photography, etc., beauty holds the power of provocation to gain attention, build bridges and gather change agents into a cause. In this workshop, author and Community Arts Nonprofit Director Britney Winn Lee will take participants through an exploration of how the arts can be used in United Methodist Women's efforts of compassionate service and advocacy. The workshop will begin with attendees being led in a group singing of "We Shall Not be Moved"(those uncomfortable with singing can clap along or use speaker-provided hand-rhythm instruments). Well-known examples of art and activism will then be shared: the "eyes" painting over the border wall, the AIDS quilt, ocean plastic sculptures, anti-war songs and civil rights spirituals. A discussion will follow, prompted by the questions: "Why do we think that most movements are accompanied by creativity? What are the arts good for in the realm of social change?" The presentation will continue with an examination of how the arts disarm, illuminate and mobilize social change by appealing to people's need for beauty, causing pause and consideration, and uniting bodies/senses with ideas. In addition to highlighting our call to mimic the Creator's creativity, United Methodist women will be given ideas for how they might utilize the arts in their spaces for their work in economic inequality (e.g., subsidized lessons), maternal and child health (e.g., neighborhood beautification), human trafficking (e.g., social media art), global migration (e.g., borderland litanies), domestic violence (e.g., art therapy), climate change (e.g., up-cycling), gender justice (e.g., children's stories), racial justice (e.g., murals), mass incarceration (e.g., restorative justice writing), etc. The workshop will conclude with a conversation about how the arts can be used especially for bridge-building during these highly divisive times in both our country and our church. As time permits, participants will take part in an exercise that demonstrates that point.

Led by Britney Lee.

"Without the songs of the movement, personally I believe that there wouldn't have been a movement," says original Freedom Singer Rutha Mae Harris. Art is a disarming and mobilizing tool of social change. Through poetry, murals, litanies, dance, song circles, photography, etc., beauty holds the power of provocation to gain attention, build bridges and gather change agents into a cause. In this workshop, author and Community Arts Nonprofit Director Britney Winn Lee will take participants through an exploration of how the arts can be used in United Methodist Women's efforts of compassionate service and advocacy. The workshop will begin with attendees being led in a group singing of "We Shall Not be Moved"(those uncomfortable with singing can clap along or use speaker-provided hand-rhythm instruments). Well-known examples of art and activism will then be shared: the "eyes" painting over the border wall, the AIDS quilt, ocean plastic sculptures, anti-war songs and civil rights spirituals. A discussion will follow, prompted by the questions: "Why do we think that most movements are accompanied by creativity? What are the arts good for in the realm of social change?" The presentation will continue with an examination of how the arts disarm, illuminate and mobilize social change by appealing to people's need for beauty, causing pause and consideration, and uniting bodies/senses with ideas. In addition to highlighting our call to mimic the Creator's creativity, United Methodist women will be given ideas for how they might utilize the arts in their spaces for their work in economic inequality (e.g., subsidized lessons), maternal and child health (e.g., neighborhood beautification), human trafficking (e.g., social media art), global migration (e.g., borderland litanies), domestic violence (e.g., art therapy), climate change (e.g., up-cycling), gender justice (e.g., children's stories), racial justice (e.g., murals), mass incarceration (e.g., restorative justice writing), etc. The workshop will conclude with a conversation about how the arts can be used especially for bridge-building during these highly divisive times in both our country and our church. As time permits, participants will take part in an exercise that demonstrates that point.

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Women, Leadership and Change

5/21/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by Betty Gittens and Tatiana Dwyer.

United Methodist Women are making a difference for countless women, children and youth around the world. This workshop will explore the organization's international work. We will discuss the impact of this work on poverty through the lens of our economic development initiatives, enhancing capacities of local women leaders and building successful partnerships with Central Conferences women and local United Methodist Women organizations.

Led by Betty Gittens and Tatiana Dwyer.

United Methodist Women are making a difference for countless women, children and youth around the world. This workshop will explore the organization's international work. We will discuss the impact of this work on poverty through the lens of our economic development initiatives, enhancing capacities of local women leaders and building successful partnerships with Central Conferences women and local United Methodist Women organizations.

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Breaking Cycles and Learning to Fly

5/21/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by Nathalia Juez Mahecha and Hannah Reasoner.

This interactive workshop invites you to meet the realities of women in Colombia such as Rosa Elvira Cely, a symbol of the fight against femicide. Her death led to the creation of Law 1761 in 2015, which penalizes femicide as a crime against women for their gender identity. Rosa's story gave more visibility to other women killed by partners, ex-partners, domestic violence and sexual violence. The poverty, inequality and gender violence in which many women in Colombia are forced to live create cycles that seem to have no way out and that normalize harmful patterns. We will examine, through a dynamic activity, what it might mean to live with this kind of imposed limited vision. Participants will begin to see how they can become change-makers through small actions. Together we will find routes to interrupt and shatter these cycles of poverty, inequality and gender violence from their root causes through human rights education. We will discover tools to overcome stereotypes, recognize our own potentials and improve our communication to commit to transforming violent patriarchal culture and sexist language. In this way, we will transform the spaces around us and create new paths of hope that serve to expand our way of seeing, living and understanding the world. This will help us recognize, face and stop the normalization of these social injustices. This is a process of empowerment, becoming leaders that can transform the community and the world. We hope you bring the tools and lessons from this workshop to your communities to continue breaking cycles of injustice, inequality and violence, and create new possibilities and dreams of a better world on the personal, community, national or global level.

Led by Nathalia Juez Mahecha and Hannah Reasoner.

This interactive workshop invites you to meet the realities of women in Colombia such as Rosa Elvira Cely, a symbol of the fight against femicide. Her death led to the creation of Law 1761 in 2015, which penalizes femicide as a crime against women for their gender identity. Rosa's story gave more visibility to other women killed by partners, ex-partners, domestic violence and sexual violence. The poverty, inequality and gender violence in which many women in Colombia are forced to live create cycles that seem to have no way out and that normalize harmful patterns. We will examine, through a dynamic activity, what it might mean to live with this kind of imposed limited vision. Participants will begin to see how they can become change-makers through small actions. Together we will find routes to interrupt and shatter these cycles of poverty, inequality and gender violence from their root causes through human rights education. We will discover tools to overcome stereotypes, recognize our own potentials and improve our communication to commit to transforming violent patriarchal culture and sexist language. In this way, we will transform the spaces around us and create new paths of hope that serve to expand our way of seeing, living and understanding the world. This will help us recognize, face and stop the normalization of these social injustices. This is a process of empowerment, becoming leaders that can transform the community and the world. We hope you bring the tools and lessons from this workshop to your communities to continue breaking cycles of injustice, inequality and violence, and create new possibilities and dreams of a better world on the personal, community, national or global level.

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Acts of Repentance, Reconciliation, Relationships

5/21/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by Daryl Junes-Joe and Cynthia Rives.

The workshop will involve interactive sessions where the audience will gain an understanding of life and challenges faced daily by Indigenous people. A better understanding of Native people must exist before any non-Native person can become even partly empathetic to injustices befalling Indigenous people. Even in the United States, idyllic reports in the media have been a total misrepresentation of Native Americans. Workshop information will cover some history, particularly of the Doctrine of Discovery, which created injustices for all Native Americans. Having a good understanding will motivate the audience to want to help in moving forward. Understanding the sacredness of the land, the different Native cultures and their traditions will trigger motivation to act. Non-Natives will begin to research the land they occupy. The information will be shared in their local churches.

Led by Daryl Junes-Joe and Cynthia Rives.

The workshop will involve interactive sessions where the audience will gain an understanding of life and challenges faced daily by Indigenous people. A better understanding of Native people must exist before any non-Native person can become even partly empathetic to injustices befalling Indigenous people. Even in the United States, idyllic reports in the media have been a total misrepresentation of Native Americans. Workshop information will cover some history, particularly of the Doctrine of Discovery, which created injustices for all Native Americans. Having a good understanding will motivate the audience to want to help in moving forward. Understanding the sacredness of the land, the different Native cultures and their traditions will trigger motivation to act. Non-Natives will begin to research the land they occupy. The information will be shared in their local churches.

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BINGO: Building Influence Nurturing Government Officeholders

5/21/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by Brenda Gullet.

We all like to win, whether playing a game or experiencing life. Being a successful advocate is a lot like playing BINGO. There are certain squares on the card that must be covered in order to win. Is doing something better than doing nothing? Not necessarily. You will learn from a former elected official and appointed policymaker what the winning ingredients are for declaring "BINGO" on your advocacy score card.

Led by Brenda Gullet.

We all like to win, whether playing a game or experiencing life. Being a successful advocate is a lot like playing BINGO. There are certain squares on the card that must be covered in order to win. Is doing something better than doing nothing? Not necessarily. You will learn from a former elected official and appointed policymaker what the winning ingredients are for declaring "BINGO" on your advocacy score card.

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You Have What You Need! The ABCDs of Change

5/21/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by Derrek Belease.

Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) is a strategy for linking assets in your community to the change you want to make. How can you apply ABCD in your own settings? How can ABCD provide a strategy for interrupting the school-to-prison pipeline or climate justice? In this interactive workshop, you will learn the concepts of ABCD and then apply those to two case studies focusing on these very important United Methodist Women-related topics. Participants will leave with an action plan for addressing issues in their own context.

Led by Derrek Belease.

Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) is a strategy for linking assets in your community to the change you want to make. How can you apply ABCD in your own settings? How can ABCD provide a strategy for interrupting the school-to-prison pipeline or climate justice? In this interactive workshop, you will learn the concepts of ABCD and then apply those to two case studies focusing on these very important United Methodist Women-related topics. Participants will leave with an action plan for addressing issues in their own context.

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Worship for a Liberated Church: Decolonizing Christian Worship

5/21/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by Lydia Munoz and Giovanni Arroyo.

The most consistent public witness we do as congregations is worship. Every Sunday we gather to keep rituals that help us keep time and to make sense of the seasons of our lives. For most people, our spiritual formation comes from our weekly worship gathering, and more importantly how we come to understand God oftentimes takes place within that one hour that we gather together. Can worship be a place where we challenge the images of God that have been passed down to us? Can it be a place where images of God that have been co-opted by patriarchy, white supremacy and Christian nationalism are dismantled by intentionally creating worship that embraces the multiracial/multicultural/multi-image nature of God in order to dismantle racism? This workshop will explore the importance of de-centering and dismantling whiteness in our worship experience as a public witness of our commitment to antiracism and antipatriarchy in the world. We will provide opportunities for participants to engage in conversations around images they have received themselves through their own experiences and what that does psychologically and spiritually, and provide practical worship resources that participants can go home with.

Led by Lydia Munoz and Giovanni Arroyo.

The most consistent public witness we do as congregations is worship. Every Sunday we gather to keep rituals that help us keep time and to make sense of the seasons of our lives. For most people, our spiritual formation comes from our weekly worship gathering, and more importantly how we come to understand God oftentimes takes place within that one hour that we gather together. Can worship be a place where we challenge the images of God that have been passed down to us? Can it be a place where images of God that have been co-opted by patriarchy, white supremacy and Christian nationalism are dismantled by intentionally creating worship that embraces the multiracial/multicultural/multi-image nature of God in order to dismantle racism? This workshop will explore the importance of de-centering and dismantling whiteness in our worship experience as a public witness of our commitment to antiracism and antipatriarchy in the world. We will provide opportunities for participants to engage in conversations around images they have received themselves through their own experiences and what that does psychologically and spiritually, and provide practical worship resources that participants can go home with.

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Transit Equity: Transportation, Just Energy and Climate Justice

5/21/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by Elizabeth Chun Hye Lee and Michael Leon Guerrero.

Rosa Parks worked to make public transportation accessible for all. Her faith inspired and undergirded her prophetic witness. "I learned people should stand up for their rights, just as the Children of Israel stood up to the Pharaoh," she once commented. Transit equity is not only an expression of our faith call to seek racial and economic justice, but it is key to advancing climate justice. The transportation sector is the main source of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Limited access to affordable public transportation disproportionately affects communities of color and low-income communities—the same communities that experience a higher burden of negative impacts from air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to making public transit accessible and affordable for all, we can work toward cleaner air and healthier communities by advancing public transit that is powered by clean and renewable energy. As people of faith, we have an opportunity to lift our voices in support of transit equity. Are you someone who relies on public transportation to get to work, school, or church? Are you a transit worker? Would you use public transit if it was more affordable and more accessible? Are you part of a community that is impacted by air pollution from vehicles powered by unclean energy? If you responded yes to any of these questions, this workshop is for you. Come share about your story, learn about the history of the struggle for transit equity, how it connects with climate justice and how you can advance just energy for all and transit equity at the same time.

Led by Elizabeth Chun Hye Lee and Michael Leon Guerrero.

Rosa Parks worked to make public transportation accessible for all. Her faith inspired and undergirded her prophetic witness. "I learned people should stand up for their rights, just as the Children of Israel stood up to the Pharaoh," she once commented. Transit equity is not only an expression of our faith call to seek racial and economic justice, but it is key to advancing climate justice. The transportation sector is the main source of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Limited access to affordable public transportation disproportionately affects communities of color and low-income communities—the same communities that experience a higher burden of negative impacts from air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to making public transit accessible and affordable for all, we can work toward cleaner air and healthier communities by advancing public transit that is powered by clean and renewable energy. As people of faith, we have an opportunity to lift our voices in support of transit equity. Are you someone who relies on public transportation to get to work, school, or church? Are you a transit worker? Would you use public transit if it was more affordable and more accessible? Are you part of a community that is impacted by air pollution from vehicles powered by unclean energy? If you responded yes to any of these questions, this workshop is for you. Come share about your story, learn about the history of the struggle for transit equity, how it connects with climate justice and how you can advance just energy for all and transit equity at the same time.

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Facilitating Bible Study that Anchors Christian Transformative Education

5/21/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by Jay Godfrey.

In this workshop, participants will experience the foundational principles and practices of United Methodist Women's approach to transformative education. This workshop will include an exploration of the characteristics of Bible study that anchors transformative learning, while also experiencing portions of an interactive Bible study designed with these principles in mind. What does it take to design and lead biblically based, anti-oppression, transformative educational experiences? Join this workshop to learn more.

Led by Jay Godfrey.

In this workshop, participants will experience the foundational principles and practices of United Methodist Women's approach to transformative education. This workshop will include an exploration of the characteristics of Bible study that anchors transformative learning, while also experiencing portions of an interactive Bible study designed with these principles in mind. What does it take to design and lead biblically based, anti-oppression, transformative educational experiences? Join this workshop to learn more.

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Trans and Gender Nonconformity: How to Join the Conversation

5/21/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by Angelea and Allison Francesco.

This interactive workshop will engage in the history, background and verbiage of both trans identity and gender variance. We will discuss the root causes of societal expectations that have resulted in the oppression of trans and GNC (Gender Nonconforming) individuals, and the support strategies that may be implemented to create welcoming environments which embrace one's full identity in God's image. All of this will be done in an effort to empower attendees to join the conversation on trans inclusivity.

Led by Angelea and Allison Francesco.

This interactive workshop will engage in the history, background and verbiage of both trans identity and gender variance. We will discuss the root causes of societal expectations that have resulted in the oppression of trans and GNC (Gender Nonconforming) individuals, and the support strategies that may be implemented to create welcoming environments which embrace one's full identity in God's image. All of this will be done in an effort to empower attendees to join the conversation on trans inclusivity.

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Knowing the Healer Within

5/21/2022 | 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Led by Faye Wilson.

Participants will learn to embrace their capacity for wholistic self-care by getting acquainted with their inner healer. The workshop will offer opportunities and resources to grow spiritually with practices that nourish the mind, body and soul: calming the triple warmer meridian, EFT (emotional freedom technique) tapping, butterfly hugs, affirmations, straw breathing. Presenters will provide an overview of the role of the brain in understanding and healing trauma and anxiety. Workshop members will be connected to biblical stories that address various emotions. Through personal and group spiritual formation as well as self-inventory, participants will affirm their capacity to influence their well-being in helping God maintain their sense of healthy adequacy.

Led by Faye Wilson.

Participants will learn to embrace their capacity for wholistic self-care by getting acquainted with their inner healer. The workshop will offer opportunities and resources to grow spiritually with practices that nourish the mind, body and soul: calming the triple warmer meridian, EFT (emotional freedom technique) tapping, butterfly hugs, affirmations, straw breathing. Presenters will provide an overview of the role of the brain in understanding and healing trauma and anxiety. Workshop members will be connected to biblical stories that address various emotions. Through personal and group spiritual formation as well as self-inventory, participants will affirm their capacity to influence their well-being in helping God maintain their sense of healthy adequacy.

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LDD: Conference Resource Room Management

5/21/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Ruby Anderson and Inez Freeman.

Join the Resource Room Management workshop to identify how you can help your conference/district/unit with resources, the Reading Program, response magazine, brochures and promotional materials, including where to find them.

Led by Ruby Anderson and Inez Freeman.

Join the Resource Room Management workshop to identify how you can help your conference/district/unit with resources, the Reading Program, response magazine, brochures and promotional materials, including where to find them.

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LDD: Conference Communications Coordinators—Officer Update

5/21/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Katie Willis and Alice Staley.

Learn more about the role of your new conference communications coordinators, meet fellow communicators and learn some tips and tricks.

Led by Katie Willis and Alice Staley.

Learn more about the role of your new conference communications coordinators, meet fellow communicators and learn some tips and tricks.

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LDD: Conference Treasurer—Officer Update

5/21/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Tamara Clark, Geraldine Garbutt and Halina Mui.

The work of the conference treasurer includes keeping financial records, receiving and distributing funds, providing financial reports, training district treasurers and more. Our training will first ground you in the biblical background for giving. Then, together, we will review guidelines from both The Book of Discipline and the United Methodist Women Handbook, legal requirements, supervision responsibilities, the online remittance portal and other important resources that are available to equip you.

Led by Tamara Clark, Geraldine Garbutt and Halina Mui.

The work of the conference treasurer includes keeping financial records, receiving and distributing funds, providing financial reports, training district treasurers and more. Our training will first ground you in the biblical background for giving. Then, together, we will review guidelines from both The Book of Discipline and the United Methodist Women Handbook, legal requirements, supervision responsibilities, the online remittance portal and other important resources that are available to equip you.

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LDD: Spiritual Growth Coordinators—Officer Update

5/21/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Nora Asedillo Cunningham.

This is a training for the conference spiritual growth coordinators. The training will be geared toward things the coordinators identify as challenges. We will create time for networking and idea-sharing/support. Coordinators will maximize their own leadership in conducting the training.

Led by Nora Asedillo Cunningham.

This is a training for the conference spiritual growth coordinators. The training will be geared toward things the coordinators identify as challenges. We will create time for networking and idea-sharing/support. Coordinators will maximize their own leadership in conducting the training.

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LDD: Conference Secretary—Officer Update

5/21/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Susan Moberg.

This workshop is designed to equip conference secretaries with basic knowledge to perform their role. Networking time will be provided to ask questions and share information with peers.

Led by Susan Moberg.

This workshop is designed to equip conference secretaries with basic knowledge to perform their role. Networking time will be provided to ask questions and share information with peers.

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LDD: Education and Interpretation—Officer Enrichment

5/21/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Jessica Tulloch.

This workshop will provide an opportunity for Conference Mission Coordinators for Education and Interpretation to enrich their basic knowledge of the role and its responsibilities. Utilizing participatory activities and the expertise of our cohort, we will spend time addressing the day-to-day challenges of E&I work, while celebrating its joys.

Led by Jessica Tulloch.

This workshop will provide an opportunity for Conference Mission Coordinators for Education and Interpretation to enrich their basic knowledge of the role and its responsibilities. Utilizing participatory activities and the expertise of our cohort, we will spend time addressing the day-to-day challenges of E&I work, while celebrating its joys.

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LDD: Conference Language Coordinator—Officer Update

5/21/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Haejin Ban and Magdala Edmond.

This interactive workshop will provide language coordinators an opportunity for understanding their roles and responsibilities, learning how to work together with their own language/ethnic group, the conference leadership team and the national office. They will also learn where to find and how to utilize United Methodist Women resource materials. Language coordinators will be involved in creating a plan for introducing/promoting United Methodist Women mission work to women whose first language is not English in order to encourage and lead them to participate in United Methodist Women mission/events.

Led by Haejin Ban and Magdala Edmond.

This interactive workshop will provide language coordinators an opportunity for understanding their roles and responsibilities, learning how to work together with their own language/ethnic group, the conference leadership team and the national office. They will also learn where to find and how to utilize United Methodist Women resource materials. Language coordinators will be involved in creating a plan for introducing/promoting United Methodist Women mission work to women whose first language is not English in order to encourage and lead them to participate in United Methodist Women mission/events.

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LDD: Conference Vice President—Officer Update

5/21/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Kim Harris.

For conference vice presidents, this workshop offers important tools for fulfilling this role. It will include informational content as well as time for skill-building and networking.

Led by Kim Harris.

For conference vice presidents, this workshop offers important tools for fulfilling this role. It will include informational content as well as time for skill-building and networking.

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LDD: Conference Committee on Nominations Chairpersons—Officer Update

5/21/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Mollie James-Vickery.

For Conference Committee on Nominations chairpersons, this workshop offers important tools for fulfilling this role. It will include informational content as well as time for skill-building and networking.

Led by Mollie James-Vickery.

For Conference Committee on Nominations chairpersons, this workshop offers important tools for fulfilling this role. It will include informational content as well as time for skill-building and networking.

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Leadership: Empowering Women Economically and Socially

5/21/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Alzira Isaac Machauene.

This interactive workshop will provide an opportunity for women to realize the potential residing in them to fight for their rights, and in turn to encourage other women to be firm and fight for their own empowerment and well-being.

Led by Alzira Isaac Machauene.

This interactive workshop will provide an opportunity for women to realize the potential residing in them to fight for their rights, and in turn to encourage other women to be firm and fight for their own empowerment and well-being.

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LDD: Conference Presidents—Officer Update

5/21/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Sally Vonner.

Conference presidents have a lot to share and a lot to learn from each other. This session is organized to provide conference presidents the opportunity to share experiences, network, and engage in strategic thinking about the work in their own conferences and the organization as a whole. Explore opportunities that flexibility presents for a post-pandemic context and learn strategies for resolving conflict to build an effective conference leadership team.

Led by Sally Vonner.

Conference presidents have a lot to share and a lot to learn from each other. This session is organized to provide conference presidents the opportunity to share experiences, network, and engage in strategic thinking about the work in their own conferences and the organization as a whole. Explore opportunities that flexibility presents for a post-pandemic context and learn strategies for resolving conflict to build an effective conference leadership team.

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LDD: Conference Membership, Nurture and Outreach—Officer Update

5/21/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Khia Shaw.

Plant, Sow and Grow: This interactive workshop will explore member engagement as the process of actively building, nurturing and managing relationships with various audiences. Participants will learn of new pathways into membership and will be asked to create a value proposition based on generation, ethnicity and/or interest. Participants will have access to membership intelligence and personas to create tailored engagement campaigns that can lead to membership growth, active participation and lifetime membership value.

Led by Khia Shaw.

Plant, Sow and Grow: This interactive workshop will explore member engagement as the process of actively building, nurturing and managing relationships with various audiences. Participants will learn of new pathways into membership and will be asked to create a value proposition based on generation, ethnicity and/or interest. Participants will have access to membership intelligence and personas to create tailored engagement campaigns that can lead to membership growth, active participation and lifetime membership value.

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Enhancing All Women's Positive Mindset and Improved Economic Growth

5/21/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Grace Musuka.

For over 150 years, United Methodist Women has been involved in mission work which is aimed at improving the lives of women, children and youth. This interactive workshop is going to center on how women, children and youth in Central Africa continue to benefit. These countries include: Cameroon Missional Conference; 14 annual conferences in the Democratic Republic of Congo, including Zambia and Tanzania; Malawi Conference; and two annual conferences in Zimbabwe. Of these annual conferences, North Katanga Annual Conference in the Democratic Republic of Congo is currently the focus annual conference in the region. Partnership with United Methodist Women continues to be through scholarships and education, leadership training, maternal and child health programs, specified grants, gender justice and advocacy programs. Through this workshop, participants will learn how mission giving has made a positive difference in the lives of participants in the region. The workshop will show how the partnership has a role in positively changing the mindset of recipients and givers. If one is trained in a skill that that enables her to earn some income, manage her finances and be able to provide the basic needs for her family, her economic status improves. If one learns to live a Christlike life and share with others, thus leading them to Christ, this will lead to a positive mindset of the community, and in this way impacted people will be enabled to treat each other as neighbors. Most of all, the workshop is aimed at being interactive. Participants will have space to share their change-making stories, how they or others managed to improve people's economic status. They will give their input and ideas on how mission work can be improved.

Led by Grace Musuka.

For over 150 years, United Methodist Women has been involved in mission work which is aimed at improving the lives of women, children and youth. This interactive workshop is going to center on how women, children and youth in Central Africa continue to benefit. These countries include: Cameroon Missional Conference; 14 annual conferences in the Democratic Republic of Congo, including Zambia and Tanzania; Malawi Conference; and two annual conferences in Zimbabwe. Of these annual conferences, North Katanga Annual Conference in the Democratic Republic of Congo is currently the focus annual conference in the region. Partnership with United Methodist Women continues to be through scholarships and education, leadership training, maternal and child health programs, specified grants, gender justice and advocacy programs. Through this workshop, participants will learn how mission giving has made a positive difference in the lives of participants in the region. The workshop will show how the partnership has a role in positively changing the mindset of recipients and givers. If one is trained in a skill that that enables her to earn some income, manage her finances and be able to provide the basic needs for her family, her economic status improves. If one learns to live a Christlike life and share with others, thus leading them to Christ, this will lead to a positive mindset of the community, and in this way impacted people will be enabled to treat each other as neighbors. Most of all, the workshop is aimed at being interactive. Participants will have space to share their change-making stories, how they or others managed to improve people's economic status. They will give their input and ideas on how mission work can be improved.

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It Comes from Within: Community Development from the Base

5/21/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Andrea Reily Rocha Soares.

For quite some time, charity has been an instrument to ease the suffering of the vulnerable and the oppressed. When limited to "giving," a vicious cycle of dependence comes into place for all sides. With that in mind, United Methodist Women Regional Missionaries are being equipped to assist women in their process of personal and communal development. This work starts within the community, and it is organized and led by the women themselves. It is a movement that goes from dependence to independence, from charity to justice. It guides women in their journey to find their voices, to recognize their potential and to bring concrete change to their context. It is believed that the local women with their lived experiences and knowledge have in their hands the most effective resources to solve their own personal and communal problems. This workshop will lead participants through part of an actual training, including a process of social and structural analyses of a specific issue, developing a more critical consciousness and self-awareness of their own potential as agents of transformation. When participants can understand the origin/cause of the problem, and the interconnection with other issues, they can map a possible solution that is viable and authentic to their own context. Although this particular training is being done in Latin America, and in similar ways in Africa and Asia, it is a powerful and practical resource that can be adapted to be used in any community. It is an instrument that can educate and develop critical thinking among local United Methodist Women circles and sympathizers.

Led by Andrea Reily Rocha Soares.

For quite some time, charity has been an instrument to ease the suffering of the vulnerable and the oppressed. When limited to "giving," a vicious cycle of dependence comes into place for all sides. With that in mind, United Methodist Women Regional Missionaries are being equipped to assist women in their process of personal and communal development. This work starts within the community, and it is organized and led by the women themselves. It is a movement that goes from dependence to independence, from charity to justice. It guides women in their journey to find their voices, to recognize their potential and to bring concrete change to their context. It is believed that the local women with their lived experiences and knowledge have in their hands the most effective resources to solve their own personal and communal problems. This workshop will lead participants through part of an actual training, including a process of social and structural analyses of a specific issue, developing a more critical consciousness and self-awareness of their own potential as agents of transformation. When participants can understand the origin/cause of the problem, and the interconnection with other issues, they can map a possible solution that is viable and authentic to their own context. Although this particular training is being done in Latin America, and in similar ways in Africa and Asia, it is a powerful and practical resource that can be adapted to be used in any community. It is an instrument that can educate and develop critical thinking among local United Methodist Women circles and sympathizers.

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Love, Justice, Service: Order of Deaconess and Home Missioner

5/21/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Megan Hale and Scott James-Vickery.

Following their mandates to alleviate suffering, eradicate causes of injustice and all that robs life of dignity and worth, facilitate the development of full human potential and share in building global community through the church universal, United Methodist Deaconesses and Home Missioners are uniquely equipped to fulfill their vocational calls as agents of change in the world today. Participants will learn: Call stories from deaconesses and home missioners; how the Order stays in community while serving throughout the United States and beyond; how deaconesses and home missioners fit into the structure of The United Methodist Church and the diaconate; about the process to become deaconesses and home missioners; and to engage in their own personal discernment.

Led by Megan Hale and Scott James-Vickery.

Following their mandates to alleviate suffering, eradicate causes of injustice and all that robs life of dignity and worth, facilitate the development of full human potential and share in building global community through the church universal, United Methodist Deaconesses and Home Missioners are uniquely equipped to fulfill their vocational calls as agents of change in the world today. Participants will learn: Call stories from deaconesses and home missioners; how the Order stays in community while serving throughout the United States and beyond; how deaconesses and home missioners fit into the structure of The United Methodist Church and the diaconate; about the process to become deaconesses and home missioners; and to engage in their own personal discernment.

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Making Our Presence Known: Leading in the Larger Church

5/21/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Sung-ok Lee.

Sometimes the work of United Methodist Women is a well-kept secret. We are called on locally to provide food and care, but not perceived as movers and shakers in the global mission of The United Methodist Church. This workshop will help participants map UMC partners within their conference and more broadly in relation to core United Methodist Women goals of spiritual growth, service and advocacy, transformative education and leadership development. Participants will be asked to strategically consider their visibility and presence within the conference or district—on committees, teams and at annual conference, with an eye toward greater presence and impact.

Led by Sung-ok Lee.

Sometimes the work of United Methodist Women is a well-kept secret. We are called on locally to provide food and care, but not perceived as movers and shakers in the global mission of The United Methodist Church. This workshop will help participants map UMC partners within their conference and more broadly in relation to core United Methodist Women goals of spiritual growth, service and advocacy, transformative education and leadership development. Participants will be asked to strategically consider their visibility and presence within the conference or district—on committees, teams and at annual conference, with an eye toward greater presence and impact.

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New Wineskins—How to Share the New Brand

5/21/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Yvette Moore.

This workshop will empower participants with information about why and how the new brand was created and offer practical ways to use, share and promote United Methodist Women's new brand.

Led by Yvette Moore.

This workshop will empower participants with information about why and how the new brand was created and offer practical ways to use, share and promote United Methodist Women's new brand.

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Scripture Reflection and Bible Journaling

5/21/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Gail Douglas Boykin.

In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about the art of Bible journaling and practice different ways to explore this medium of scriptural study. Participants will will be involved in their own Bible journaling as a beautiful way to engage with scripture. For this workshop, participants will need: A journaling Bible (a Bible that has large margins on the sides) or a Bible you don't mind drawing and writing in, pencil, eraser, colored pencils, crayons.

Led by Gail Douglas Boykin.

In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about the art of Bible journaling and practice different ways to explore this medium of scriptural study. Participants will will be involved in their own Bible journaling as a beautiful way to engage with scripture. For this workshop, participants will need: A journaling Bible (a Bible that has large margins on the sides) or a Bible you don't mind drawing and writing in, pencil, eraser, colored pencils, crayons.

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Self-Care: Serving with Joy Instead of Distress

5/21/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Dallas Conyers.

This gentle but challenging session will lead participants through a process of identifying whether they serve in joy or distress and understanding how they are affecting the environments in which they serve. In addition to making the connection between joy and self-care, participants will learn to self-identify their joys and take home concrete tools and exercises that will help them live in, work in and spread that joy through service for the glory of God.

Led by Dallas Conyers.

This gentle but challenging session will lead participants through a process of identifying whether they serve in joy or distress and understanding how they are affecting the environments in which they serve. In addition to making the connection between joy and self-care, participants will learn to self-identify their joys and take home concrete tools and exercises that will help them live in, work in and spread that joy through service for the glory of God.

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Knowing the Healer Within

5/21/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Faye Wilson.

Participants will learn to embrace their capacity for wholistic self-care by getting acquainted with their inner healer. The workshop will offer opportunities and resources to grow spiritually with practices that nourish the mind, body and soul: calming the triple warmer meridian, EFT (emotional freedom technique) tapping, butterfly hugs, affirmations, straw breathing. Presenters will provide an overview of the role of the brain in understanding and healing trauma and anxiety. Workshop members will be connected to biblical stories that address various emotions. Through personal and group spiritual formation as well as self-inventory, participants will affirm their capacity to influence their well-being in helping God maintain their sense of healthy adequacy.

Led by Faye Wilson.

Participants will learn to embrace their capacity for wholistic self-care by getting acquainted with their inner healer. The workshop will offer opportunities and resources to grow spiritually with practices that nourish the mind, body and soul: calming the triple warmer meridian, EFT (emotional freedom technique) tapping, butterfly hugs, affirmations, straw breathing. Presenters will provide an overview of the role of the brain in understanding and healing trauma and anxiety. Workshop members will be connected to biblical stories that address various emotions. Through personal and group spiritual formation as well as self-inventory, participants will affirm their capacity to influence their well-being in helping God maintain their sense of healthy adequacy.

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Understanding and Interrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline

5/21/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Emily Jones.

The school-to-prison pipeline detours far too many children and youth away from educational success and toward the criminal justice system. Racial disparities in discipline persist at all levels and children of color—including girls of color—experience rampant school pushout. As prayerful and powerful women of faith, God can use us to put a stop to this disturbing pattern. During this introductory workshop, we will build our understanding of the pipeline through the framework of the Wesleyan quadrilateral and learn ways we can take action both nationally and locally to revise harmful policies, practices and beliefs. No prior experience or knowledge is needed—all are welcome.

Led by Emily Jones.

The school-to-prison pipeline detours far too many children and youth away from educational success and toward the criminal justice system. Racial disparities in discipline persist at all levels and children of color—including girls of color—experience rampant school pushout. As prayerful and powerful women of faith, God can use us to put a stop to this disturbing pattern. During this introductory workshop, we will build our understanding of the pipeline through the framework of the Wesleyan quadrilateral and learn ways we can take action both nationally and locally to revise harmful policies, practices and beliefs. No prior experience or knowledge is needed—all are welcome.

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U.S. Citizenship: It's Not as Simple as You Think

5/21/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Olhivia Gutierrez and Minerva Briones.

In this workshop, Olhivia and Minerva will share their personal story of their pathway to citizenship, as well as the roadblocks and impediments encountered by many applicants they has helped along the way. The workshop will be interactive with a "Citizenship Quiz" that features sample civics questions that are asked by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the interviews. As participants educate themselves on the process of citizenship, they will be better equipped to advocate for our immigrant brothers and sisters.

Led by Olhivia Gutierrez and Minerva Briones.

In this workshop, Olhivia and Minerva will share their personal story of their pathway to citizenship, as well as the roadblocks and impediments encountered by many applicants they has helped along the way. The workshop will be interactive with a "Citizenship Quiz" that features sample civics questions that are asked by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the interviews. As participants educate themselves on the process of citizenship, they will be better equipped to advocate for our immigrant brothers and sisters.

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United Methodist Women Mission Leads Young Women to Leadership and Transformation

5/21/2022 | 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Led by Emma Cantor.

This workshop will focus on the Asian young women who benefit from the United Methodist Women scholarships, lifting up stories of United Methodist Women's commitment in its vision and mission for leadership development and economic empowerment among Asian youth. The session will show United Methodist Women's power to change lives by creating life possibilities, spiritual growth and faith developments for the youth of The United Methodist Church. Participants will learn of potential possibilities among young women and children for their own development.

Led by Emma Cantor.

This workshop will focus on the Asian young women who benefit from the United Methodist Women scholarships, lifting up stories of United Methodist Women's commitment in its vision and mission for leadership development and economic empowerment among Asian youth. The session will show United Methodist Women's power to change lives by creating life possibilities, spiritual growth and faith developments for the youth of The United Methodist Church. Participants will learn of potential possibilities among young women and children for their own development.

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Women in Leadership: Live Faith Talk

5/21/2022 | 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Moderated by Jennifer Farmer.
Panelists include Alzira Isaac Machauene, Rachelle Milner, Emma Cantor, and Gail Douglas Boykin.

Sung-ok LeeLeadership development is a hallmark of United Methodist Women. This Town Hall will spotlight United Methodist Women members and United Methodist Women-related programs leading their communities in unique ways. It will explore characteristics/skills women can hone—and pitfalls to avoid—to be more effective leaders.

Moderated by Jennifer Farmer.
Panelists include Alzira Isaac Machauene, Rachelle Milner, Emma Cantor, and Gail Douglas Boykin.

Sung-ok LeeLeadership development is a hallmark of United Methodist Women. This Town Hall will spotlight United Methodist Women members and United Methodist Women-related programs leading their communities in unique ways. It will explore characteristics/skills women can hone—and pitfalls to avoid—to be more effective leaders.

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Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools—Film Screening and Reflection

5/21/2022 | 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Moderated by Alana Walls.

Join us for a film screening of "Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools." The screening will be followed by a time of reflection and discussion as we explore how United Methodist Women members and friends can take action to interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline.

Moderated by Alana Walls.

Join us for a film screening of "Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools." The screening will be followed by a time of reflection and discussion as we explore how United Methodist Women members and friends can take action to interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline.

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