A Post-Election Statement

Leadership Development Days Address

A Post-Election Statement
Harriett Jane Olson

United Methodist Women General Secretary Harriett Jane Olson offered the following post-election statement to members during the opening plenary of the organization's Leadership Development Days in St. Louis, Missouri, Nov. 11.

"The United States of America has selected Donald J. Trump as its 45th President. The campaign was intense and personalized, with strong feelings and allegiances that began before the primary races and lasted until Election Day. Across the country, and within the membership of United Methodist Women, we have deep commitments to different candidates and different ideas of the future we want for our nation and for the world. This means that our emotions cross the spectrum: from elation and hope, to cautious optimism, to resignation, to anxiety, all the way to anger and fear.

"With this whole range of perspectives and emotions, we are United Methodist Women. We are committed to being a creative supportive fellowship, so I ask you to reach out to each other and hear each other. Let us lead with kindness in these days. May this be an opportunity to become even more committed to knowing God and to following God's call, to loving God and to reflecting God's love for each other and the world.

"As we have always done, United Methodist Women will do this by paying attention to women's gifts for leadership and to their needs, by responding to the needs of children and youth, and by standing up alongside the most vulnerable. Our history of courageous leadership is the backdrop for our work, rooting ourselves spiritually, learning in ways that challenge us, and building skills and plans for leadership to respond to the call of God.

"In the 21st century, women still need to organize for mission. United Methodist Women—now is our time."

Posted or updated: 11/13/2016 11:00:00 PM