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April 16 & 17, 2021: “It’s a New Day: Transformative Hope” retreat

El Camino Real District United Methodist Women
Spiritual Retreat

HOPE is:  

  • a positive outcome of transformation… 
  • a time of living with respect for the Earth….
  • the arc of Jesus’s story…
  • a time when women are leading the way with community building and activism…

This is our moment !

You are invited to participate in a 2-part retreat.  Please register for each part of the retreat separately, below. 

Friday, April 16, 7:30pm-9:00pm PDT
“A Life on Our Planet”

Watch party featuring the new film by David Attenborough
We will together watch a very recent highly-rated video narrated by David Attenborough, in which he shares his concern for the current state of the planet due to humanity’s impact on nature and his hopes for the future. Following the video, there will be a time for discussion.

Saturday, April 17, 10:00am-noon PDT
Virtual Spiritual Retreat
Finding transformative hope for the future of our planet
Our retreat will continue with a program led by Rev. Char Bear, focused on transformation and its positive outcome, hope. 

Register for Saturday retreat

Featured speaker Rev. Charlotte London Bear

Rev. Charlotte Bear

Rev. Charlotte Bear

Rev. Charlotte Bear is a spiritual leader, healthcare chaplain, former broadcast journalist, climate activist, wife, mother and US Army veteran.  She is an Elder in the United Methodist Church, Cal-Nev. Conference, and has served in ministry for 23 years.  She lives in Ben Lomond in the coastal redwoods with her husband, a Chaplain, and with her son and rescue dogs.  Bear has devoted her life to helping people, rescuing dogs and protecting the natural world.  In 2016 she was accepted into the Climate Reality Corp, a worldwide network of Climate leaders. Since then, Bear has completed over 300 acts of Leadership promoting bold climate action and mentoring other Climate Reality Leaders.  She is a certified Eco-Chaplain as well and is currently the Co-Chair of the large Silicon Valley Chapter of the Climate Reality Project

About our topic:  Char says, “We’re living in a time of reckoning about how we’ve been treating each other, other species and the planet, our shared, sacred home.  Women are leading the way, morally, scientifically, politically, with community building and activism. We are focused on solutions that not only mitigate but that can repair, restore, regenerate. That’s transformative hope.”

An offering will be taken, to benefit the United Methodist Women Climate Justice Project. To donate, go to the UMW Donate page, pick the option to “direct my gift to”, and select the program “Climate Justice.”  Enter the rest of your donation information and click the “Process” button.


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April 1, 2021: “Faith Talks” podcast on Attacks on the AAPI Community

Thursday, April 1 at 11:00am PDT / 2:00pm EDT
Faith Talks: Attacks on the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community 

The April 1 Faith Talks dives into the continuing targeting of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities with racist intimidation, profiling and hate crimes.  United Methodist Women mourns the lives lost and expresses solidarity with this community (read more here).

Register in advance for Faith Talks webinars here.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.Register for Faith Talks

Faith Talks are monthly conversations with United Methodist Women hosted by Jennifer R Farmer, Spotlight PR.  Each conversation explores themes and resources that empower us to put faith, hope and love into action.

March 20, 2021: “A Path Appears” Social Action event

Our CA/NV Conference United Methodist Women are offering a virtual Social Action event, “A Path Appears.”  The focus of the event is “Transforming Lives: Prison and School Reform.”  

Saturday, March 20, 2021
10:00am-noon PT
via Zoom

Presenters include:

  • Dr. Karen Gedney, Retired prison physician, catalyst for prison reform and mentor
  • Matthew D. Ochs, Social Studies teacher, Reno High School
  • Student Representatives, Students for Change, Washoe County School District, NV
  • Student Representative and Founder, Reno High School Black Student Union
  • Student Representatives, Washoe County School District Diversify our Narrative

In this exciting event, we have a retired prison doctor and change maker speaking.  In addition, perhaps as many as 10 high school students, all female, will talk about the work of 3 organizations they have founded that promote inclusion and work for change in the school district.  Because of our young speakers, we encourage making a special effort to reach out to young people in our church to register and participate. 

Get the flyer with information about the presenters and the event here. 

Register hereRegister by Friday, March 19, 2021.

March 6, 2021: “Soul Care” from CA/NV Conference UMW

Soul Care retreatOur CA/NV Conference and District United Methodist Women are offering an enriching Soul Searching Retreat to help prepare, equip and enable United Methodist Women to take on 2021 with hope and courage. A lot of work lays ahead; so we need to be buckled up with the armor of God, and above all the peace that passeth all understanding. We are fortunate to have a member from the National Office of UMW to lead our program. We are hopeful that you will take advantage of this opportunity and join us for a wonderful time of worship and spiritual enlightening.

This retreat will be Saturday, March 6, 2021, 10:00am PT to Noon via Zoom.

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Dr. Glory Dharmaraj

Dr. Glory Dharmaraj

Retreat Leader Dr. Glory Dharmaraj is the President of the World Association for Christian Communication-North America. She is the retired director of spiritual formation and mission theology for the United Methodist Women. Prior to that, she served as the Administrator of the United Methodist Seminar Program on National and International Affairs at the Church Center for the United Nations, New York.

Glory received her Ph.D. from Loyola University, Chicago. She has done special studies at Harvard University and joint studies on doctor of ministries at San Francisco Theological Seminary, California, and Ecumenical Theological Education at the World Council of Churches, Geneva. Her favorite hobby is listening to medieval chants and lyrics in her mother tongue, Tamil.

More information about the retreat, including the agenda and how to prepare, is provided in the retreat flyer here.