Welcome to El Camino Real District UMW! We include the Northern California region from Brentwood in the northeast, to Soledad in the south, to South San Francisco in the northwest.

United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.

“El Camino Real,” or “The King’s Highway,” was established in the early 1800’s as a route linking the missions, pueblos, and presidios, from San Diego to Sonoma. Today the route is marked by replicas of mission bells, as it had been in 1915. See more about El Camino Real and the mission bells here.

UPCOMING EVENTS (See all events here)

 El Camino Real District UMW Annual Celebration

United Methodist Women: Bridge Builders

United Methodist Women: Bridge Builders

October 28, 2017, at St. Paul UMC, in Fremont, CA.  Registration opens at 8:15am, and we gather to sing at 9:15am.  The event runs 9:30am to 3:30pm, including lunch and workshops.

Meet new friends, connect with old friends! See how other units reach out as well as grow their faith.  Learn how we can relate as many cultures together.  Our keynote speaker is Shamsa Rafay, a well-recognized volunteer and member of the Muslim and Interfaith communities.

Workshops:  As part of the Annual Celebration, we will have three workshops offered, to expore how we can be in relationship with people of differing cultures.

  • Finding Common Ground:  Carolyn Leone and Kevan Insko, representatives of the Friends Committee on National Legislation, will facilitate this workshop exploring the value of listening to others and how we look for the God within others and find it within ourselves.
  • From Diversity to Inclusion:  Pastor Dale Weatherspoon will lead this discussion about moving from a focus on diversity to one of full inclusion.
  • Tour and Conversation:  Shamsa Rafay (our keynote speaker) and Moina Shaiq (President of the Tri-City Interfaith Council) will lead two groups on a tour of the neighboring mosque and will have time for conversation during which participants may ask questions about Islam, what it means to be Muslim in the US today, and more.  Please note that when visiting the mosque, shoes must be removed.

Displays:  You are invited to bring a display that describes how your local organization serves women, children, and youth.  See the registration flyer for details.

Registration:  In the registration flyer, you may identify your desired workshop (1st and 2nd choices), request childcare, and more.  Registration fee is $13 per person, and registration is due October 21.

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