UMW’s Mission u coming this summer!

By Pam Braden

Registration is now open for the 2021 Virtual Mission u. West Virginia United Methodist Women may participate in an opening plenary session on the WVUMW Facebook page beginning July 1. 

Author Darryl W. Stephens said as a youngster he was taught to never talk about religion or politics! Yet our discipleship requires us to boldly speak out against poverty, mass incarceration, lack of healthcare, systemic injustice, and inherited debt.  This is inherently political. We will learn to proclaim release, recovery, freedom, and forgiveness. This is living our call to share the good news of Jesus Christ. This is kin-dom work

Beginning Thursday, July 8, join study leaders Rev. Janet Harmon and Rev. Heather Moore to dig into a discussion of how the church can lead in ways that can transform the world. 

Buy the book:  Bearing Witness in the Kin-dom: Living into the Church’s Moral Witness through Radical Discipleship

The class meets from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. via Zoom on Thursdays throughout July (8, 15, 22, and 29). 

The second study helps us live out the Serenity Prayer. Jesus experienced anxiety early in life when his family fled to Egypt and throughout his ministry. He lived out his father’s plan as fully divide and yet fully human. Fear and anxiety are around every corner. After living through a global pandemic, we know anxiety. We know God will see us through, but how can we learn to have a heart of peace during uncertain times? 

Rev. Donna Hinkle will lead a study that will help us learn to thrive during times of change and anxiety. 

Buy the book:  Finding Peace in an Anxious World

This study will meet via Zoom on Monday nights from 6:30 – 8:30 PM, from July 12 through August 2 (July 12, 19, 26, and August 2).

To participate in one or both studies, please pre-register here, or follow the instructions to download and mail the completed form to Registrar Karen Grafton.

The closing plenary will be held via Zoom on August 7 at 10 AM.

You can purchase the books or at your favorite online bookstore.

Questions?  Please contact Mission u Dean Margaret VanZandt Harrison or Tech Host Pam Braden