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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.

Assembly 2022: TURN IT UP! (May 20-22, 2022)

Assembly 2022

May 20 – 22, 2022
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, Florida

All United Methodist Women in the California-Nevada Conference are invited to be part of Assembly 2022 in Orlando, Florida.

In 2022 we will reflect on today’s challenges and together find comfort and strength to move forward, building new ways for faith-filled women to make a difference in our communities and the world. We will recommit to our purpose, but also more. For such a time as this we will TURN IT UP!

  • TURN IT UP! for spiritual healing and renewal
  • TURN IT UP! for rebirth in a new time
  • TURN IT UP! for women leaders
  • TURN IT UP! for justice for women, children and youth

Come to Orlando to care for your spirit, worship with your sisters and celebrate the positive impact women create in the world.

Opening gathering from Assembly 2018

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New Wineskins for Growth: A Summary

By Bonnie Home, Almaden Hills UMW

Dear UMW people ~ I’ve just finished reading the September/October 2021 issue of the UMW magazine, “Response,” which I always enjoy.  The article that grabbed my attention is “New Wineskins for Growth” (on pages 36-39).  It was written by Yvette Moore, director of public relations and marketing for United Methodist Women.  In some other way you may have already received the information that she included in her article, but this was all new to me.  I thought you would be interested in a summary of the article, below. You can read the entire article at

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Exciting new programs are coming to United Methodist Women!  Here’s why.

Original article by Yvette Moore
Summary by Bonnie Home, Almaden Hills UMW

Tonya Lanier, UMW leader

Tonya Lanier once thought United Methodist Women was only for older women. Now she’s a longtime leader in the organization. Photo by Kristina Krug, United Methodist Women.

Beginning the year of our 150th UMW anniversary, research was begun using surveys, focus groups and interviews with 24,000 UMW members and other Christian women respondents.   They were asked what they knew about UMW and what they thought about the organization.  They were asked what they were looking for in a faith-based organization, what appealed to them, how they preferred to gather, and how they preferred to give. Continue reading