What is Mission u?
Mission u is an annual event, held in every Conference, Cooperative between UMW and Conference Board of Global Ministries in PNWAC. Mission personnel are introduced in order to give participants a first hand account of their particular role in missions.
The All School Study: Latin America
Spiritual Growth Study: Created for Happiness
Social Issue: The Church and People with Disabilities
Extended descriptions of the studies are provided below. Further updates are available on the Conference UMW website.
Have you ever attended Mission u? It’s never too late to start, and I’d like to share a few very good reasons to make the time to go. Please share this information in your newsletters and help us get the word out to everyone in the Conference.
This is the last year we will be offering the class The Church and People with Disabilities, so I thought it was vital to make sure the registration and information be made available to all our churches in the Pacific Northwest, particularly for the Trustees members who may really benefit from the information available in that class. Here’s why:
“Unlike other categories of human experience, disability crosses all lines of gender, orientation, ethnicity, socioeconomic position, age, and culture. People with typical bodies can be thought of as temporarily able-bodied because disabilities can happen at any time to anyone. The intent of these mission studies is to promote awareness, inclusion, accessibility and advocacy for people with disabilities — including youth and children.”
Additionally, there will be a new Spiritual Growth study, Created For Happiness: Understanding Your Life With God. Consider encouraging your Staff Parish Relations committee members to attend this study to help enrich the atmosphere of relationship building in the church. Here’s an brief explanation of the study:
“The search for happiness is a dominant topic in our culture. Happiness reminders, quotes, sayings, stories, memories and songs can be be downloaded or purchased online and shared on social media. Magazines, books, calendars, office supplies and more are available to help us achieve happiness.
Created for Happiness will take us on a journey to a richer and deeper contentment than a coffee mug or Facebook meme can ignite.”
Last, but certainly not least, The Reverend Paul Jeffrey has agreed to lead the All School Study on Latin America: People and Faith.
“Many of us have either visited or were born in Latin America, but all of us are given a chance to learn about this region. This study is an invitation to enter this land, called Latin America, knowing it is a sacred land. We come in with respect to face the dignity of a people and with the love of God for them.”
All of this information, as well as registration and scholarship forms, are also available at www.pnwumw.org/missionu.html We hope to see you there!