Board of Directors

United Methodist Women Board Meets in Nashville

United Methodist Women Board Meets in Nashville
Martha S. Knight, Treasurer/CFO, United Methodist Women

The United Methodist Women Board of Directors gathered March 30-31 at Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville, Tennessee, for its spring 2019 meeting.

Directors heard financial reports, received recommendations from the United Methodist Women Program Advisory Group and were updated by Wespath on the organization’s investments.

Directors redesignated endowment funds to better serve current mission work and approved the 2020 Reading Program list and A Call to Prayer and Self-Denial theme, 2020 General Conference legislation and updates to bylaws. They also approved grants, sales of property and property policy changes.

The board as well approved $112,336 in grants. Recipients include United Methodist Women-supported national mission institutions Navajo United Methodist Center in Farmington, New Mexico, Susannah Wesley Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, and Wesley Community Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

“We have helped so many reshape their lives and the lives of those around them,” said Treasurer Martha Knight. “We have inspired the faith of so many with our faith.

“Love is making a way for those for whom no one else has made a way,” she continued. “Love is lifting up sisters whom no one else has lifted. Love is working with women, children and youth here at home and around the world to bring peace, unity and justice. We have been told and it is written in the Bible that our faith can move mountains. United Methodist Women, there are mountains to move. There are those who are standing with us and looking to us to help on moving day.”

The 2020 A Call to Prayer and Self-Denial theme is “We Rise: Meeting God’s Call to Transform Communities,” to support the work of national mission institutions, international partners and regional missionaries. The 2020 Reading Program will be released in the summer of 2019.

Deaconess Garlinda Burton, guest preacher for Sunday’s closing worship, shared how the transformative education she received through United Methodist Women shaped her commitment to the church and to doing justice in the world. She closed the board’s meeting with a message of hope.

“Because God is faithful,” she said, “even though many hearts were heavy on February 26, 2019, and it felt like the end, on February 27, there began a new thing and an invitation to the people called United Methodists to ask: What do we now know about ourselves and about this world that might lead us to be more humble to bring more love and more justice-making and more reconciliation into this world?

“More than ever before this troubled world needs what the beloved community called United Methodists and United Methodist Women has to offer,” she said. “So we sing a song of hope to the God who has brought us this far by faith. Rest assured God is not going to abandon us now.”

Tara Barnes is editor of response.


Posted or updated: 4/17/2019 12:00:00 AM