By Carol Barton, Executive for Community Action (South Texas #4) Having heard many migrant women’s stories this week, I am thinking about patriarchy, about the raw power that men can wield over women, particularly when they are poor and alone in countries that do not value women’s lives and women’s word.  The abuse they experience […]

By Carol Barton, Executive for Community Action (South Texas #3) We are in South Texas to volunteer, doing basic information-sharing and intake interviews with migrants in detention and migrants in court proceedings.  On Monday we had an in-depth briefing– a crash course on asylum and immigration court and many of the forms and procedures.  Our […]

By Carol Barton, Executive for Community Action (South Texas #2) Children chase around a small, crowded room.  Chairs filled with men and women line the walls and around tables the older children play “Sorry” and “Monopoly.”  Children are coloring, playing with Legos, creating bead necklaces and batting balloons in the air.  We are in the […]

By Carol Barton, Executive for Community Action I had made plans many months ago to join a volunteer group at the Dilley family detention center this week, Holy Week, to offer legal support. We had made all of the preparations when we suddenly got word that most of the women and children had been released […]

Today is United Methodist Women’s second annual Day of Giving! On this Day of Giving new gifts will make a greater impact. Every $2 in new gifts to the Legacy Fund today,  March 23, the anniversary of our founding, will be matched by $1, increasing the gift by 50 percent! Current and former board presidents and chief executive officers […]

On Wednesday, September 16, the staff of United Methodist Women took a walk around the East Village to learn about inequality. We ended the tour in the West Village at Alma Mathews House, a modest townhouse built in 1888 by the Woman’s Home Missionary Society as a sanctuary for immigrant girls and women. The residence, […]

Ending Mass Incarceration: The Ongoing Call to Faith Communities by Lissette Castillo and Janis Rosheuvel The crisis of incarceration this nation now faces demands people of faith act with swift and fierce moral authority to transform, not just reform, an irreparably broken system. It demands that all of us—clergy, seminarians, teachers, and people in pews, […]

There are countries that have walls. And we think, Well we don’t have walls in our country. And we see militaristic writing on those walls. And we think, Well we don’t have hurtful or hateful messages in our country. Or we see streets draped in offensive flags. And, once again, we think, Well we don’t […]

When they were young, they were lauded as heroes, having sacrificed themselves and contributed to the economy after the war. The government told them that the money they brought in would rebuild a ravaged Korea. Fifty years later, these heroes are literally being pushed from their homes, unable to pay the heating bills. “Now that […]

This morning I was doing photo research, finding pictures for the annual report and I came across this picture. I was moved to tears by this photo. This picture says quite a lot about United Methodist Women. The women work where they are needed. They are not too anything — not too old, too female, too inexperienced, […]