February 5, 2022: Connect & Learn: Joy for the Journey

By Carolyn Bircher

Connect & Learn is a gathering focused on learning more about being part of United Methodist Women. It includes training and information about specific leadership roles in the local groups/units, plus ways we can expand our mission and ministry through UMW.

This year’s Connect and Learn  keynote speaker is Marlene Ward,  California/Nevada Conference rep. in the National Program Advisory Group (2020-2024).  The title of Marlene’s talk is Leadership!!! Me???”.

Marlene Ward

Marlene is a member of the UMW National Program Advisory Group (PAG) which provides representation from each of the Annual Conferences (your CA-NV Conf. UMW representative) and from 6 other general agencies, regional missionaries, deaconesses and home missioners and the World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women. This Group gives voice from the membership directly into the working programs and initiatives of the organization and to the membership as members communicate with their conferences strengthening the connections between local women and their national policy making body.

Connect & Learn will be held Saturday, February 5, 2022, 9:30am-noon. Due to health concerns related to COVID, it will be held online as a Zoom event.

Register hereBreakout groups:  This event will include two breakout sessions, each with several topics. Attendees can select (during registration) which topic they prefer to attend in each session.

Breakout session 1: Equip Yourself for Leadership


  1. President/Main Contact
  2. Treasurer
  3. Program Planning/resources/reading program
  4. Secretary/Communications
  5. Being a United Methodist Woman
  6. Ser una Mujer Metodista Unida (en español)
Breakout session 2: Mission & Ministry


  1. Educate to Transform (includes E&I)
  2. Grow Spiritually (includes Spiritual Growth)
  3. Serve & Advocate (includes Social Action)
  4. Organize for Growth (includes MNO, Nominations)
  5. Finding Joy in Ministry (discussion of Marlene’s talk)
  6. Encontrar Gozo en el Ministerio (en español)

Information about 2022 Connect & Learn will be distributed by Quick News emails. If you do not already receive Quick News, you can subscribe here.