United Methodist Women interprets the biblical passage from Luke 4:18 as both a model and a mandate for Christian social action and advocacy:
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."
United Methodist Women has been challenging social injustice for more than 140 years. Members improve the lives of women, children, and youth nationally and internationally. United Methodist Women continues its advocacy work on peace and justice, education, racial justice, immigrant rights, the environment, economic justice, women's health, the rights of children, human rights, and farm workers' rights, to name a few.
In all advocacy efforts United Methodist Women supports its work with a scriptural basis and adheres to the denominational mandates in the Book of Discipline and Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church.
United Methodist Women works in partnership with coalitions on many justice issues to extend its reach.