United Methodist Women
United Methodist Women (UMW) is the country’s largest denominational faith organization for women with approximately 800,000 members. Nationally, the UMW’s purpose is fostering spiritual growth, developing leaders and advocating for justice. Members raise up to $20 million each year for programs and projects related to women, children, and youth in the United States and in more than 100 countries around the world.
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Our Purpose at Metropolitan
The Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church unit of UMW is a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.
How We Achieve Our Purpose
We achieve our purpose by working for justice through service and advocacy. Our members are concerned about issues affecting the well-being of women and children. We invite experts to speak to our group about education, immigration, homelessness, human trafficking and other issues. Our unit supports missionaries around the world and works to educate local members on the needs of the global community. When legislative issues arise that pertain to our core issues, we make our voices known through letter writing, protests and lobbying. We are engaged in helping our local community through our annual Great Day of Service, when we collect food, make health kits, and work on other activities to help those in need.
Fostering Spiritual Growth
Nurturing one’s faith is one of the focuses of the United Methodist Women, and Metropolitan’s UMW provides a number of opportunities to grow closer to God and develop spiritually during each person’s faith journeys.