Board of Directors

Board of Directors Gathers for Spring 2021 Meeting

Board of Directors Gathers for Spring 2021 Meeting

The United Methodist Women Board of Directors gathered virtually for its spring 2021 meeting Saturday, March 27. Directors heard reports from National President ‘Ainise ‘Isama’u, General Secretary and Chief Executive Officer Harriett Jane Olson and Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer Tamara Clark.

“Sometimes it’s so hard to put one foot in front of the other,” said Valerie Clark, director from the Upper New York Conference in her opening devotion. “But in Jesus there is power, there is strength, there is hope, there is courage. So we move forward.”

Directors also heard from auditors Crosslin PCCL and received investment updates from Wespath. Wespath also shared how shareholder advocacy is helping the economy move toward sustainability and a just transition to a low-carbon economy, with the goal of net zero emissions before 2050.

The board adopted a climate commitment to net-zero emissions, pledging to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 across its ministries, facilities, operations and investments, leveraging the gifts of its connection to center justice and equity.

Directors also approved $127,000 grants, for a total of $378,570 approved by United Methodist Women for international, national and COVID-relief grants from September to December 2020.

“We are intent on lifting up the voices of marginalized persons, especially women, children and youth, as they describe the impact of unjust systems,” said ‘Isama’u in her report. “We are intent on answering God’s call to advocate, serve and respond in faith, even in the face of today’s obstacles.”

Program advisory group job descriptions and working team assignment were also reviewed and approved, as were future meeting dates. The board also approved deaconesses for consecration and the 2022 Reading Program list.

“Be bold in your space,” ‘Isama’u instructed as she closed the meeting. “Be bold wherever you go. We are here, and we are not going anywhere.”

Tara Barnes is editor of response.

Posted or updated: 4/6/2021 12:00:00 AM