Women's Concerns

Peace with Justice

"When I pray for peace, I pray not only that the enemies of my own country may cease to want war, but above all that my country will cease to do the things that make war inevitable." Thomas Merton As I walked through my neighborhood pharmacy to pick up a... read more»

Posted by Susan Burton on April 30, 2013

Everyone can be great! Everyone can be an agent of change!

"We don't accomplish anything in this world alone…and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one's life and all the weavings of individual threads of one's life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something." Sandra... read more»

Posted by Susan Burton on March 07, 2013

Clearly more to be done

On this 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, some individuals, organizations and churches are celebrating, while others are protesting. Like many other topics of deep social concern, the church is divided on the issue of abortion. Our Book of Discipline (2012) speaks to the official position of the United Methodist Church... read more»

Posted by Julie Taylor and Amee Paparella on January 18, 2013

The Church Needs to Stand With Malala Yousafzai

For the Church, standing with the oppressed is not optional; it is our Christian duty, it is who we are as followers of Jesus.  That is why the church needs to stand up for the powerful witness of Malala Yousafzai, a 14 year old Pakistani girl who, because of her... read more»

Posted by Clayton Childers on October 10, 2012

Turning Oppression Into Opportunity

The groundbreaking book by Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn, Half the Sky, Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, is familiar to many United Methodists, due in part to the United Methodist Women’s Reading Program. Top on the list of the Leadership Development books for 2011, Half the Sky... read more»

Posted by Amee Paparella on September 18, 2012

Latest National Call Emphasizes Local Work & Issues Call to Action

United Methodist advocates who would like to see an end to domestic violence and human trafficking convened a national conference call on August 30th to hear stories from other UMC leaders who are tackling these issues in their local communities. The call was the second in a regular series aimed... read more»

Posted by Erica Johnson on September 10, 2012

National Call Connects Work on Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking

Over 50 individuals representing 21 states participated in the first GBCS National Conference Call for local campaigns to combat Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking on July 11th. The call was the first such call aimed at sharing best practices and networking UMC folks who care about these issues. Leaders from Virginia, Louisiana,... read more»

Posted by Erica Johnson on August 20, 2012

Organizing to END domestic violence in the Desert Southwest

As the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is stalled in its reauthorization vote, ten women gathered in Las Vegas in Julyto take part in a powerful training to help build a UMC campaign to end domestic violence. Getty Images Leaders in the Desert Southwest Annual Conference (DSWAC) came together to... read more»

Posted by Erica Johnson on August 16, 2012

Paparella to direct Women’s Advocacy

West Michigan Conference provisional elder expected to expand grassroots organizing efforts WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Rev. Amee Paparella, a provisional elder in the West Michigan Conference, has been hired as Director & Organizer for Women’s Advocacy at the General Board of Church & Society (GBCS). Beginning Aug. 27,... read more»

Posted by Nathan Hollifield on August 07, 2012

Violence Against Women Act passes Senate; now let’s get the House on board!

I report with great joy that 15 Republicans joined every Democrat in the U.S. Senate to pass the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), 68 to 31 yesterday. The vote reauthorizes for five years many services for abused persons. Senate passage is something to celebrate, but we must not rest on this. Please... read more»

Posted by Linda Bales Todd on April 27, 2012

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