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Quick News: Virtual Mass Poor People’s Assembly 6/20/20, New Faith Talks

In this ECR District UMW Quick News:  Join United Methodist Women in a virtual Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington on June 20.  Also, the monthly UMW “Faith Talks” online conversations continue to empower us to put faith, hope and love into action with the June 18 topic, “Caring for the Body.”


June 20, 2020: Virtual Mass Poor People’s Assembly

Join United Methodist Women and hundreds of organizations & grassroots movements as we unite from coast-to-coast for a virtual Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington, DC.

The Poor People’s Campaign reminds us that “Everyone has a Right to Live.” The turmoil in our nation reveals long-term structural injustice and we cannot go back to an untenable “normal.”

United Methodist Women is a national faith member of the Poor People’s Campaign, A National Call for Moral Revival, and serves on their Prophetic Council of faith leaders. With the Poor People’s Campaign, they demand voting rights and a just economy, and encourage local individuals and groups to connect to the campaign for local faith and community responses.

Building on the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s Campaign of 50 years ago, the campaign addresses the intersecting realities of poverty, racism, environmental degradation and militarism, including State violence in communities of color in the U.S. It integrates United Methodist Women priorities of Economic Inequality, Racial Justice and Ending Mass Incarceration, Climate Justice and Maternal Health.

Read more on our website.

Mass Poor People's Assembly and Moral March on WashingtonSaturday, June 20, 2020
Live broadcast at 7 am PDT
Rebroadcast:
Sat., June 20, 2020,
 3 pm PDT
Sun., June 21, 2020, 3 pm PDT

Event info and register here: poorpeoplescampaign.org

More about United Methodist Women’s involvement at elcaminorealumw.org.

Faith Talks June 18: “Caring for the Body”

The next conversation will be on Thursday, June 18, at 11:00am PDT, “Faith Talks with Ghylian Bell: Caring for the Body.”

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. You can register in advance for each podcast, or listen to them afterwards from the Faith Talks web page, https://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/faithtalks

Other available podcasts include these:

  • Faith Talks with Liz Lee: Creation Care, Sustainability and Climate Justice
  • Faith Talks: Emotion and Anxiety
  • Faith Talks: Coronavirus, Faithfulness, and Online Worship
Faith Talks UMW podcasts

Get more info about the FaithTalks podcasts here.

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This Quick News was sent out to our email list June 17, 2020.

Quick News: May Mission Link, Faith Talks

In this ECR District UMW Quick News:  Get your May Mission Link news, and see what women around our District are doing to be in mission and ministry during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Also, be part of monthly UMW online conversations that empower us to put faith, hope and love into action.


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May 2020 issue of Mission Link newsletter

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El Camino Real District UMW’s May 2020 issue of the Mission Link newsletter is now available.  We are excited to share with you news and stories from around the District about how United Methodist Women are remaining in mission and ministry, even during Shelter-In-Place.

Due to limitations of Shelter-In-Place, printed copies have not been mailed to each church and local president or main contact.  If you know of someone who only receives the Mission Link in the printed form, please share this online version with them, or help them obtain a printed copy.

Mission Link newsletters are also available online on the News and Events Mission Link page


Faith Talks:  Online UMW conversations

Faith Talks UMW podcastsFaith 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. You can register in advance for each podcast, or listen to them afterwards from the Faith Talks web page, https://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/faithtalks

Upcoming podcasts include these:

  • Thursday, May 7 at 2:00 pm ET (11am PT)
    • COVID-19 and Incarcerated Loved Ones 
  • Thursday, May 14 at 2:00 pm ET (11am PT)
    • Caring for the Body with Ghylian Bell
  • Thursday, May 21 at 6:00 pm ET (3pm PT)
    • Emotion and Anxiety with Trudy Rankin

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This Quick News was sent out to our email list May 6, 2020.

Quick News: 2021 Retreat scheduling; being in ministry at a distance

Planning ahead for Spiritual Retreat 2021

This spring we were unable to hold the ECR District UMW Spiritual Retreat, due to Shelter-in-Place restrictions.  Undaunted, we are getting a start on next year’s retreat, expecting that the world will be healthier then.  We’re looking forward to again offering a renewing spiritual experience in the redwoods of Santa Cruz Mountains.

Typically the retreat is held the second weekend in March.  We’ve heard from several groups that they also have another event that is routinely scheduled for that same weekend. So we  would like to find out your preferred retreat dates. Note that in 2021, Easter is April 4.

Please take our quick online poll to let us know your preferred retreat dates:  March 12-14, or March 19-21. >>Take the poll on our website, here.<<


Mission & Ministry with Shelter-in-Place

How have you, as a United Methodist Woman, been in mission lately?

For the last several weeks, groups have not been able to meet physically together, while we “shelter in place.”  This makes it more challenging to be in mission together.

In our next Mission Link newsletter (due to be published soon), we will include stories of how our local groups have been in mission and ministry while keeping the required social distance.

Please leave a reply to this post, by April 18, with a brief description of how your local group has remained connected and has been in ministry this month.  Or, send an email to our Communications Coordinator at communication@elcaminorealumw.org.


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Get the latest news from El Camino Real District United Methodist Women in our Quick News emails.  Sent once or twice a month, it’s a great way to find about upcoming events and recent news that affects our District United Methodist Women.   Subscribe here!

This Quick News was sent out to our email list April 13, 2020.

Quick News: Life in time of COVID-19; Changes in plans

Life in the time of COVID-19

K Stone

El Camino Real United Methodist Women President K Stone

Hello my friends,

In this time of extreme health concern, I want to share with you my thoughts on how we, together, can get through a new world of “Shelter in Place” and focus on “Essential Activities.”

I encourage you to follow the order of the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, who has identified things to be done to slow the spread of COVID-19.  They recommend remaining “socially distant” and washing hands, and staying at home unless you are doing “Essential Activities,” which include getting outdoor exercise as you are able.

As United Methodist Women, one of our “Essential Activities” is to remain connected with each other.  While we are not able to visit in person, we can check in over the phone, through email, with text messages, or even video chat.

The most hopeful message I’ve read is from a daily motivation email I receive, called “Notes from the Universe.”  One of this week’s emails really spoke to me, and I hope it is helpful to you as well.

“Our universal God is with us……In every home, sitting beside each child, and in the nervous heart of every adult, joyfully radiant. Knowing that this unfolding pandemic, like all crises, will ultimately awaken our spirits, rearrange our priorities, draw us together, and inspire an everlasting compassion.

Life is beautiful. It never ends. Fear not.”

– From the Universe

Blessings,
K Stone
“I Choose Hope”


Changes in plans due to COVID-19

Event and activity schedules are being changed due to the health mandates and social distancing needed to control the spread of COVID-19.  Here is what we know so far:

  • Our ECR District UMW Spiritual Retreat was cancelled; see more here
  • The United Methodist Women 2019 Census due date has been postponed to April 30; see more here
  • The UMW Western Jurisdiction meeting has been postponed to September 11-13, 2020*; see more here

* Date changed from TBD on 4/13/2020.

Other upcoming events may be impacted, so please watch for announcements.  Information about our District and Conference events will be posted on our website, elcaminorealumw.org/


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This Quick News was sent out to our email list March 21, 2020.