Category Archives: Social Action

Here are resources and news related to Social Action.  Get additional ideas from the National UMW Social Action resources.

Social Action Resources

Children’s Sabbath, Social Principles, Other UMC Resources
The General Board of Church & Society of The United Methodist Church provides many resources related to Social Action. From this web page you can find the Social Principles of The United Methodist Church, information about special Sundays and Justice Days (including Children’s Sabbath), and many other programs.

UMW Green Team
“The Green Team’s advocacy goal is to realize environmental justice,” explained Sung-Ok Lee, executive secretary for community action for the Women’s Division and coordinator of the program. Environmental justice is the fair treatment and involvement of all people — regardless of race, ethnicity or economic status — in the decision-making process on environmental public policies.  See Green Team resources here.

Advocacy
As United Methodists, we understand our call to transform the world involves personal, social and civic righteousness.
Find out how to put faith into action with resources from Church & Society.

See Social Action news and updates below.

UMW Speaks out on Immigrant Parent-Child Separation

Good afternoon, Sisters.

I am forwarding a statement from Harriet Olson regarding the Immigrant Parent-Child Separation  issue.

Grace & peace, forgiveness & love,
Marlene Ward
CA-NV UMW Conference President

Statement on Immigrant Parent-Child Separation

We love our familiesNEW YORK, June 4, 2018—As a women’s mission organization that has championed the needs of women, children and youth for nearly 150 years, United Methodist Women cannot be silent as already vulnerable children suffer the trauma of being torn from their mothers and fathers at our nation’s borders in a policy designed to deter and punish the “least among us.”

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Missionary Katherine Parker to speak at Annual Conference UMW Breakfast

We are honored to have missionary Katherine Parker be the guest speaker at the CA-NV Conference UMW breakfast to be held Saturday, June 25, 2016, at 7am, at Fale Hufanga Tongan United Methodist Church in San Carlos, CA.

Katherine has served for 12 years with the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. She is now part of the Health Team of the United Mission to Nepal, focusing on water, sanitation, and hygiene. Come hear her speak about her experiences in mission around the world.

If you will be attending Annual Conference, note that shuttle transportation will be available from the Hyatt Hotel at 6:30am.

Get the registration flyer here.  Registration deadline is Wednesday, June 22.

The Umbrella Defense

by Bonnie Home, Almaden Hills UMW

Beth EdmondsWomen from all over El Camino Real District were sure to put their umbrellas in the car before they drove to Gilroy for the United Methodist Women’s Leadership Training Event on February 6.  Rain was not in the forecast, but they knew that keynote speaker Beth Edmonds (at right), an ambassador for Shared Hope International, would be addressing the campaign against human trafficking, and the symbol for that campaign is the umbrella.

Why an umbrella?  The “umbrella” defense was a football play created by the New York Giants coach in 1950 to shut out the then-formidable Cleveland Browns.  The umbrella reminds us that it is society’s job to shut down traffickers and embrace the survivors, and to name it a crime to control and coerce people through fraud and force.  In January and February 2016, United Methodist Women all over Northern California opened their umbrellas to raise awareness of human trafficking.

Speaker Beth Edmonds dabbed her eyes as she spoke about the sixteen trafficked girls the organization had rescued in that month alone.  She told how vulnerable girls are targeted by older men, and at first are treated like pampered girlfriends, but then are forced to work and raise money for their exploiters.  Beth explained the signs that someone is being used.  She urged us not to believe that it cannot happen in our comfortable neighborhoods.  Because these young girls are not prostitutes but instead are children who are exploited,  “Shared Hope” works to keep them from being sent to juvenile hall or jail.  Instead, each is paired with a trafficking survivor and housed at a victims’ center.

In the afternoon after lunch Cari, another “Shared Hope” ambassador who was once trafficked herself, told her own story, letting her audience see again how this could happen to someone.

Trafficked people may …

  • Not be free to go where they please.
  • Be in a work place with opaque, barred or boarded up windows, barbed wire.
  • Exhibit fearful, anxious behavior.
  • Avoid eye contact.
  • Appear malnourished.
  • Not be allowed to speak for themselves.  A third party may insist on being present.
  • Be unable to say where they are staying.  May not know which city they are in.
  • Have burn marks, bruises or cuts.
  • Have a recent tattoo, “branded” by their exploiter.
  • Be very young people continuously accompanied by much older men.

Umbrella Defense by El Camino Real District UMW at Gilroy UMC

At the Feb. 6, 2016 Leadership Event of El Camino Real District UMW, we opened our umbrellas and displayed signs in support of anti-trafficking efforts around the world.  A passing motorist honked in approval. Photos by Bonnie Home.

CA/NV UMW Conference Leadership opens umbrellas to intercept traffickers

The CA/NV UMW Conference Leadership Team paused in their meeting on January 9,2016 to open their umbrellas. Why? They join interfaith and secular allies on January 11 to observe National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. “We are United Methodist Women opening umbrellas to intercept human trafficking”. Go to: unitedmethodistwomen.org/human-trafficking for more information.