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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
  • Hannah Branch, Students for Change, Washoe County School District, NV
  • Aliza Davis, Founder, Reno High School Black Student Union
  • Marine Heath, Helen Pacheco, Amy Nguyen, Vanessa Medina, Organizers, 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.

Monthly sessions: Just Energy for All Strategy and Capacity Building

Advancing Just Energy for All through Transportation (Part 1)
UMW Monthly Just Energy for All Strategy and Capacity Building Session
Wednesday, February 17
3:00PM – 4:30PM ET (noon – 1:30PM PT)

Rosa Parks, from Library of Congress

I learned people should stand up for their rights, just as the Children of Israel stood up to the Pharaoh. -Rosa Parks

As we celebrate Rosa Park’s birthday today, one way we too can live out our faith call is to care for the Earth and all its communities by working to advance a transportation system powered by 100% clean and renewable energy.

In the United States, the transportation sector is the main source of planet warming greenhouse gas emissions and a major contributor to air pollution that negatively impacts on our health, particularly the health of women, children, communities of color, and low-income communities.

This month, we will: 

  • Learn about how the transportation sector impacts climate change
  • Examine of the intersections between transportation and climate justice
  • Explore how we can advance just energy for all in the transportation sector

Register for Just Energy for All Strategy and Capacity Building sessions

These monthly “Just Energy for All Strategy and Capacity Building” sessions are intended to provide an opportunity to network, share best practices, and support you in your work of advancing just energy for all at the local, state, and national levels. The format will vary from month to month and may include various speakers, capacity-building, peer-coaching, breakout groups by themes/region, and updates from the National Office.  These podcast sessions are provided by the Office of Economic and Environmental Justice of United Methodist Women.

Sessions will take place from Noon PT to 1:30pm PT (3:00 pm ET to 4:30 pm ET) on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.  To attend, please register here!

Previous “Just Energy for All Strategy and Capacity Building” sessions may be viewed (click here). They have included:

    • Casting Our Vision and Communicating Our Story
    • Just Energy for All through Solar Equity Part 1: Solar Equity and Solar Energy
    • Writing for Impact: How to write an Op-Ed and LTE
    • Just Energy for All through Solar Equity Part 2: 100% Grassroots Power: Advancing Just Energy through Solar Equity in Our Communities
    • Our Energy Landscape: Advancing Just Energy for All in Our Own Communities
    • Addressing the Climate Crisis: What is the U.S. Climate Fair Share?

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Feb. 7, 10, 11, 2021: McCurdy Ministries Virtual Mission Trip

McCurdy Ministries Community Center

McCurdy Ministries Community Center

The Susquehanna Conference (Pennsylvania) of The United Methodist Church is offering a VIRTUAL MISSION TRIP to McCurdy Ministries Community Center in Española, NM.  Zoom sessions will be Sunday, February 7, Wednesday, February 10 and Thursday, February 11, all beginning at 3:30PM PST (6:30 PM EST). No previous Volunteer in Mission (VIM) training is required. No previous McCurdy experience is required. This trip is open to absolutely everyone who wants to learn more about the difference that is being made in the name of Jesus Christ at McCurdy. 

 The trip will be led by Jason Schwartzman, pastor in the Susquehanna Conference in Pennsylvania and frequent McCurdy VIM Team Leader, Linda Gilgore, also a McCurdy “super volunteer” and Michelle Schwartzman, the Volunteers in Mission coordinator for the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church. 

Register and get more info here.

Jan. 25, 2021: Lay Leader Micheal Pope featured in “Raise Up Your Voice Against Racism” webinar

Click to register for event

Click to register for event

California-Nevada United Methodist Lay Leader Micheal Pope will be featured in the third in a series of webinar panel discussions entitled “Raise Up Your Voice Against Racism” Monday, January 25, 5pm PST.

The Asian American Language Ministry Plan, the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) and the New Federation of Asian American United Methodists (NFAAUM), have launched a series of six webinars entitled “Raise Up Your Voice Against Racism”. 

In this webinar will hear from our African American brothers and sisters. How is racism viewed for the perspective of our African American brothers and sisters? What would our African American brothers and sisters like to say to the Asian American United Methodists at such a time as this?

Micheal Pope will participate alongside the Rev. Quentisha Davis Wiles, Pastor at Pittsburg UMC in the Bay District, and Erin Hawkins, the Executive Director of Connectional Ministries in the California-Pacific Conference and former General Secretary with the General Commission on Religion and Race.

See the summary of the event here. A link to the video is available there as well.