United Methodist Women

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
United Methodist Women
Formation1869
TypeReligious organization
Legal status501(c)(3)
Headquarters475 Riverside Drive
15th Floor
New York, New York 10115
Location
  • United States
Membership
c. 800,000
Official language
English
General Secretary & CEO
Harriett Jane Olson
Shannon Priddy
Revenue (2016)
$23,140,000
Expenses (2016)$30,490,000
Employees
39
Websitewww.unitedmethodistwomen.org

The United Methodist Women (UMW) is the only official organization for women within the United Methodist Church (UMC). Founded in 1869, it is "the largest denominational faith organization for women with approximately 800,000 members".[1] The UMW offers all Methodist women opportunities for spiritual growth, leadership development, transformative education and service and advocacy.[2] Its current advocacy priorities are climate justice, economic inequality, maternal and child health, and ending criminalization of communities of color and mass incarceration.[3]

Church Involvement[edit]

The UMW often offers presentations at General Conference for the United Methodist Church (UMC), and has taken a number of positions on social and political issues. The UMW describes itself as open to all women and advocates for women's rights regardless of income, sexual orientation, race, age or other backgrounds.[4] The UMW supports immigration reform and advocates on behalf of refugees' rights.[5] Along with the General Board of Church and Society, the UMW is pro-choice and supportive of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.[6][7]

Social Issues[edit]

In 2008, the UMC voted to affirm the UMW's support for pro-choice positions and organizations.[8] In 2016, the General Conference voted in favor of UMW and the church's General Board of Church and Society withdrawing from the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.[9] However, the denomination remains pro-choice.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "United Methodist Women". unitedmethodistwomen.org. United Methodist Women. 2016. Retrieved May 30, 2016.
  2. ^ http://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/what-we-do
  3. ^ http://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/what-we-do/service-and-advocacy
  4. ^ "Gender Justice: Women's Rights and More". unitedmethodistwomen.org. United Methodist Women. 2016. Retrieved May 30, 2016.
  5. ^ Communications, United Methodist. "United Methodist Women to explore immigrant rights - The United Methodist Church". The United Methodist Church. Retrieved 2016-05-30.
  6. ^ Communications, United Methodist. "What is the United Methodist position on abortion? - The United Methodist Church". The United Methodist Church. Retrieved 2016-05-30.
  7. ^ "Coalition Members | Religious Coalition For Reproductive Choice". rcrc.org. Archived from the original on 2016-05-24. Retrieved 2016-05-30.
  8. ^ Communications, United Methodist. "Support for the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice - The United Methodist Church". The United Methodist Church. Retrieved 2016-05-30.
  9. ^ "UMC withdraws from interfaith pro-abortion rights group". Religion News Service. Retrieved 2016-05-30.
  10. ^ http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/what-is-the-united-methodist-position-on-abortion