From the Editor (January 2016)

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This special issue of response focuses on the 2015 National Seminar held July 29-August 2 at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. There invited members from across the country dove head deep into the new United Methodist Women priority areas of climate justice, mass incarceration, economic inequality and maternal and child health. Together we discussed these barriers preventing women, children and youth from leading whole and healthy lives, and we worked to determine how God wants us to respond.

United Methodist Women is a powerful force in this world. As members we have the ability to make life better for our neighbors next door and across oceans. We also have the opportunity to make life better for ourselves as well as we grow and transform and feel the support of a community of faithful, hopeful, loving women in action. I can’t say how many times I’ve thanked God for United Methodist Women.

In this issue you’ll hear from some of the leaders who shared their work and provided prophetic insight into the human rights issues of our time. I hope the Holy Spirit is present in these pages as it was present among us at National Seminar. The work you do and the prayers you pray are never small. May this month begin a blessed new year.

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About Tara Barnes

editor of response, the magazine of United Methodist Women.
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