General Conference 2016

United Methodist Women at General Conference

United Methodist Women at General Conference
Linda Young receives a stole after her consecration as a deaconess on May 16 at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland.

As we reflect and begin to report on General Conference 2016, we’d like to share some of what happened at General Conference from our perspective on our own work.

We have much to celebrate! The church was reminded of the important work of laywomen and their essential leadership as United Methodist Women celebrated 150 years of putting faith, hope and love into action. General Conference voted to make the deaconess and home missioner community an order of the church, approving a mechanism to support them as chaplains. General Conference also celebrated the 60th anniversary of full clergy rights for women—another example of the kind of change that happens in the church and in society when laywomen organize for mission.

United Methodist Women called the church to the next phases of work in racial and climate justice, providing new language and outlining next steps the denomination and United Methodist Women can take. Our resolutions help bring the church’s powerful voice, alongside United Methodist Women, to the critical work of ending mass incarceration, environmental racism and criminalization of communities of color and toward becoming an antiracist, multicultural society with our Charter for Racial Justice. We invite the Church to our Mission u events, where we can continue to learn more together for the transformation of the world.

Women and girls were left behind at General Conference. Resolutions on the girl child and the status of women did not even reach the floor. Know that United Methodist Women will continue to work to address the needs of women and girls down the street and around the world.

General Conference also took on the mantle of ensuring abundant health for all. United Methodist Women knows abundant health for all includes women’s reproductive health, just as we have for almost 150 years, since our predecessors sent Dr. Clara Swain to India to serve women and girls.

What happens when women organize for mission? The needs of women, children and youth get on the table, front and center. In the 21st century, United Methodist Women brings critical work to the church and world. Now we are moving forward into our next 150 years of turning faith, hope and love into action.

Posted or updated: 5/24/2016 11:00:00 PM

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