“So when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?’ He replied, ‘It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth’” (Acts 1:6b-8).
And you shall be my witnesses.
This issue of response comes to you as the Church celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit with Pentecost Sunday, and it is filled with stories of United Methodist Women—together and as individual members—striving to follow Christ’s call to be his witnesses by putting faith, hope and love into action. In this issue, young United Methodist Women members encourage graduating high school seniors with their personal stories of growing in knowledge, wisdom and faith on a college campus. Our Bible study, by South African cleric Peter Storey, who served as a chaplain to the late Nelson Mandela during his imprisonment on Robben Island, is a challenge for United Methodist Women members to stake claim to their evangelical roots and their prophetic voice. And, as always, this issue features stories of United Methodist Women’s Mission Giving at work in the world.
We hope this issue helps to shatter the false dichotomy of “personal” versus “social” holiness as it affirms that the love of Christ within us through the Holy Spirit starts but does not stay in our hearts, but, rather, spreads to neighbors “to the ends of the earth,” just as Jesus told us it would.