This month’s masthead looks a little different. I’ll be serving as interim editor of response while Yvette Moore serves as United Methodist Women’s interim director of communications. (But don’t worry—Yvette’s office is right next to mine.)
In one year United Methodists from around the world will gather for our quadrennial General Conference, the top policymaking body of The United Methodist Church. Many of you have or will elect your conference’s delegates to General Conference at your conference annual meeting. The General Conference can revise church law as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. It also approves plans and budgets for churchwide programs. Any organization, clergy member or lay member of The United Methodist Church may petition the General Conference. In 2016, United Methodist Women will move into four new priority areas for our mission work. Our petitions to General Conference will focus on continuing our existing work and build on these new priority areas, which are:
- Climate justice: Life-giving stewardship that promotes sustainability.
- Maternal and child health: Life-saving access and education that promotes well-being.
- Racial and gender justice: Protecting women and families by ending criminalization of people of color.
- Economic justice: Inequality is a women’s issue.
Our foremothers left us a legacy of doing the mission needed for its time, and we continue their legacy today. Until poverty, violence, inequality, racism and preventable deaths cease, until women and children are no longer marginalized and we live in a world in which all thrive, women need to be organized for mission. In the 21st century, we need United Methodist Women.