United Methodist Women: Faith • Hope • Love in Action

About United Methodist Women


United Methodist Women is the largest denominational faith organization for women with approximately 800,000 members whose mission 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. United Methodist Women and The United Methodist Church's principles and values include: 

  • Promoting the empowerment of women, children and youth. 
  • Promoting anti-racism and multiculturalism. 
  • Promoting inclusion and equity. 
  • Promoting fair labor practices. 
  • Promoting economic and environmental stewardship and sustainability

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Why Join The UMW?

You become part of a national membership organization that offers: 

  • A community of women
  • Spiritual growth
  • A creative & supportive community
  • Education & transformation through programs


You join a million other women in helping to support many worthy programs and projects related to women, children and youth. 


A Community of Women


United Methodist Women strives to follow Christ’s teachings to do acts of love, justice, mercy and faith, and to serve one another on an equal basis. A community emerges through worship, sharing, praying, studying, working and serving. United Methodist Women explores ways to meet the needs of the members in our 140- year-old organization with 800,000 members. 


Spiritual Growth


United Methodist Women members strive through Bible studies, retreats and inspirational events to know God, and experience freedom through Jesus Christ. We each seek to find our own way to walk with God and search within ourselves for spiritual growth and understanding. 


A Creative & Supportive Community


Through leadership development our organization is a creative and supportive community by directing its members in a cohesive and coherent way to accomplish our goals and fulfill our Purpose. The United Methodist Church’s connectional system, ecumenical connections, and solidarity with groups that work with women, children and youth in the global community enlarge the United Methodist Women creative and supportive community. 


Education & Transformation Through Programs


We expand our concept of our mission by working diligently on:

  • Mission Education 
  • Social Action/Advocacy  
  • Many Programs and Ministries
  • Funding the Mission

Who Can Join The UMW?

We welcome all women who commit themselves to our Purpose, including you. 


You don't have to be a member of The United Methodist Church to join. Our membership is diverse: women of many races, cultures, languages, young and old. 


There is no minimum age requirement. Our members are women of diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds:. 

  • Employed and unemployed
  • Women with disabilities
  • Housewives and career women
  • Single, married, widowed and divorced women
  • Teen, young, middle-aged and older women
  • College and university women


We are multicultural, multilingual, and multiracial As a member, you join forces with other women to embrace and work on the four mission emphases reflected in the Purpose. Though every church is to have a unit of United Methodist Women, membership in The United Methodist Church does not automatically make you a member. You actively choose to become involved in the organization’s mission and support the Purpose.

What Do Members Do?

Members engage in the work of United Methodist Women at every level of the organization around all the different topics and issues we care about. 


Members Organize Events


One thing is certain: United Methodist Women members organize and attend events!  They

  • Organize vigils and legislative events around justice issues
  • Host potlucks, bake sales and socials at their churches to raise funds for mission work
  • Attend and organize Schools of Mission in their conferences or panel discussions on important issues
  • Attend Assembly, the quadrennial celebration of women in mission
  • Start Reading Program book clubs and circles for quilting and knitting
  • Plan service and advocacy opportunities in their communities


Members Serve their Communities


Local units, districts and conferences keep thirty percent of all raised funds for mission work to encourage support for local communities. With these funds, members

  • Support local National Mission Institutions and other local community centers
  • Volunteer at community centers and schools
  • Serve as leaders on their school boards and churches


Members Act for Justice


United Methodist Women members believe that charity is a gift, but social action helps change systems that keep people oppressed and dispossessed. To fulfill God’s call to bring heaven on earth, members

  • Sign up for Action Alerts through the Social Action Network
  • Contact their representatives to vote for legislation aiding women, children and youth
  • Serve their communities through partnership with United Methodist Women-supported community centers and institutions


Get Involved


As a member of United Methodist Women, you can be a part of a growing, supportive community and contribute to its continual growth when you: 


Support

  • Develop spiritually by prayer and Bible study
  • Support Financially with a Pledge to Mission and other donations
  • Intellectually through education about mission and mission projects

Act

  • Get involved in both charity and justice issues
  • Be intentional about the use of the world’s resources
  • Strengthen the supportive community by joining UMWOnline

Participate

  • Learn about the changing needs in mission
  • Live a life of praise and thanksgiving  
  • Develop a relationship with missionaries  
  • Partner with our institutions or projects at home and around the world

Focus On Women, Children & Youth

From its beginning, United Methodist Women has focused on ministries with women, children, and youth. Women Women have been empowered by leadership education opportunities, mission education, the Reading Program, tools for advocacy and more. These opportunities allow women to act and to empower women in the United States and abroad. United Methodist Women also support programs and projects aimed at improving the special needs of women because of their refugee statuses, their immigration statuses, situations in which they are abused, their high illiteracy rate in some countries, their economic dependence, their educational disparities, and much more. 


Children

A special emphasis of United Methodist Women is children, because women care for children. If children are raised with safety, security, food, shelter, education, and basic human rights, these children will grow to be loving and secure adults. United Methodist Women believe deeply in responding to Jesus' mandate to "care for the least of these." 


Children often do not have a voice in this world, so United Methodist Women cares for them and advocates on their behalf. United Methodist Women commits to children globally through community centers, educational opportunities for refugee children, homes for street children, advocacy against sexual exploitation and child labor, educational institutions and much more. 


Youth

United Methodist Women work with youth organizations globally and with programs and projects that support and empower youth. United Methodist Women also enables youth to be in mission by support of the US-2 program, the mission intern program and the Global Justice Volunteers program. 


A special emphasis of the organization has been to involve young women in all the ministries and leadership of United Methodist Women. A teen and college/university women consultative group helps direct the program of United Methodist Women to be more inclusive of younger women.

find a group that works for you

We have groups that meet monthly in the morning, at lunch or in the evening to meet everyone's needs. UMW groups are a great way to develop friendships with other women in the church, have meaningful Bible discussions and participate in local and world mission projects.   If you need more information or wanting to connect with one of the many groups please contact Sharon Kowalski at sskowalski@hotmail.com