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Assembly’s Living Timeline

Assembly’s Living Timeline
Isabelle New-Walker, 13, of New York Conference enjoys her first Assembly, a continuation of United Methodist Women’s living timeline.

United Methodist Women members are honoring women mentors and friends in the Assembly Living Timeline in the Experience Hall and online at Pinterest. For months, United Methodist Women members have been submitting videos, cards, scrapbooks, poems, essays, mementos and photos in tribute to women who have made a difference in their lives, and now the repository is on display in the living history project, “We Make It Happen: A Living Timeline.”

A few months ago, 28 women kicked off the celebration by pinning their heroines on a Pinterest board. There, through a YouTube video, visitors can meet Gerry Paulus, who turns 100 this year. From her district meeting in Western Montana, Ms. Paulus remembers attending a Woman’s Christian Society meeting in 1940.

More than 500 women are following the United Methodist Women heroines on Pinterest. Many pins document the women’s memories of childhood pride felt when they were included in the United Methodist Women’s gathering.

Elaine Bellamy of Oklahoma is an example. Ms. Bellamy wrote: “When I started first grade, I grieved having to miss those Thursday meetings in various ladies' living rooms, where they made me feel like I was an important member of the group. One of my earliest memories of Methodist women is of sitting underneath a quilt frame surrounded by the women of our church as they were quilting. Now, I'm president of that same group, 60-plus years later.”

Likewise, Lois Moreland-Dean posted memories about her mother Mary Eunice Talmadge Moreland. Ms. Moreland-Dean wrote: “I shall remember her voice praying and advocating for the voiceless. She planted the seeds of prayer, service and mission. She nurtured them with love in action, and I blossomed into her legacy. She embodied faith, hope and love in action and is my inspiration!”

But the past is only one stepping stone on the Living Timeline journey.

Anissa New-Walker, a consultant for United Methodist Women and the curator of the project, has an eye towards the future. She envisions women using the timeline to reach new women in new ways. “Talk about it with your nieces or the girls you tutor. Ask another woman to collaborate on a project. Pool your talent,” Ms. New-Walker said.

The Living Timeline is just one of many do-ityourself opportunities available at the Assembly, said Jennifer Kutz McCallum, a designer for United Methodist Women’s seminars for national and international affairs at the Church Center for the United Nations and a coordinator of the Experience Hall. “We’re trying to make things replicable in your church,” she said.

Mary Beth Coudal, a blogger based in New York City, is covering Assembly for United Methodist Women.

Posted or updated: 4/25/2014 11:00:00 PM

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