Board of Directors

United Methodist Women Board Meets in Nashville

United Methodist Women Board Meets in Nashville
National President Shannon Priddy, left, with United Methodist Women Treasurer Tamara Clark during the 2020 program advisory group meeting.

The United Methodist Women Board of Directors met March 7-8, 2020, at Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville, Tennessee, for its semiannual spring meeting.

Directors approved over $260,000 in grants and the 2021 A Call to Prayer and Self-Denial theme, “She Leads: Empowering Women to Make a Difference,” supporting programs offered by national mission institutions and international partner organizations that promote leadership development and the well-being of underserved women, children and families.

The board also received the treasurer’s report and heard updates on socially responsible investments.

“Every time I attend a meeting like this,” said Treasurer Tamara Clark, “I come back more invigorated, more spirit-filled and more connected to the work we’re doing.”

The board granted the Theressa Hoover Community Service and Global Citizenship Award to Aghila Nadaraj of Indianapolis, Indiana, who will be traveling to Malaysia for her project “Climate Justice on the Frontlines: Narratives of Agency, From the Ground Up,” a multimedia project telling stories of three communities and organizations advancing solutions to the climate crisis that center on justice and equity. The award was established by the former Women’s Division on October 6, 1990, and is made annually to honor Theressa Hoover for her many years of service to United Methodist Women.

Directors approved the list of 33 deaconesses to be consecrated at the next General Conference, originally scheduled for May 2020, as well as the 2021 Reading Program list and 2022 mission study theme, “Living the Kin-dom.” They also approved job descriptions for the board and program advisory group to help lead the organization into the next quadrennium.

Board members and staff shared time together during closing worship to honor their work together and talk about what United Methodist Women and the past four years has meant to them.

“At a critical time in my life, when I was considering leaving this denomination, it was United Methodist Women that invited me here,” said Deaconess Clara Ester, chair of the board planning and assessment committee. “I probably would have left and wouldn’t be fighting for this denomination today. So I thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving me the opportunity to be who I am and say what I say and do the things that I do and to give me support and excitement.”

Tara Barnes is editor of response.

Posted or updated: 3/30/2020 12:00:00 AM