You are invited to join the Global United Methodist Clergywomen Gathering, August 29 – 31, 2016, to encourage, empower, and support UM clergywomen from around the world! The gathering will be held in conjunction with the World Methodist Council.
The theme will be “ONE: Birthing a Worldwide Church” as we join with the theme of the World Methodist Council.
UMC clergywomen will join the Opening Worship of the Women’s Assembly with Methodist women leaders from around the world on August 29th at 7:00 pm. Women bishops will sit together during the opening worship. World Methodist women leaders will join our clergywomen during the banquet on August 30, 2016.
We have invited Bishop Janice Huie to be a keynote speaker for the banquet. She is the hostess bishop of the WMC and is celebrating her retirement. Ordained Deacons are celebrating their 20th anniversary of ordination next year and United Methodist clergywomen will celebrate this milestone together during the gathering.
There will be a celebration lunch with women bishops on August 31, 2016 at 12:00 pm. This gathering will serve as the culmination of regional gatherings of United Methodist clergywomen that have taken place throughout the connection. Meeting in conjunction with the World Methodist Conference will strengthen the Methodist identity and understanding of the United Methodist clergywomen, as well as provide them with additional leadership-building education and networking. A gathering of United Methodist clergywomen at the World Methodist Conference will provide the participants these opportunities:
- To learn from clergywomen in a variety of ministry settings and locations
- To envision, articulate, and participate in leading the worldwide church
- To build international relationships
- To consider future models of developing communities of Christian disciples who transform the world
- To strengthen the network of global Methodist women leaders and UMC clergywomen as partners in church leadership
More detailed registration information from WMC will be available as soon as we receive it.