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WFMUCW 14th World Assembly

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The 14th World Assembly of the World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women

Theme: ‘Go and bear fruit - fruit that will last’.

Date:  9th – 14th August 2022


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The World Assembly normally occurs every five years. It is a gathering of women from more than 70 nations, including around 80 official World, Area and Unit delegates but many others attending at their own expense because they value the opportunity to meet with their Federation sisters from other parts of the world.  However this Assembly will be different. Aware that the global pandemic is severely restricting travel, the bold decision was made by the World Executive to hold our 14th World Assembly in 2022 as a virtual, online event.

The theme for 2022-2026, that will be launched at our Assembly, is taken from the words of Jesus recorded in John 15, in which he describes himself as the true vine and his disciples as the branches, urging us to abide in him so that we can be effective in our service. He warns, ‘Apart from me you can do nothing’ v 5.  Yet following the example of Jesus to love one another, we become not just servants, but friends of Jesus, appointed to ‘go and bear fruit – fruit that will last.’ (see John 15:16). Therefore our theme is a call to spirituality, productivity and sustainability

Our online Assembly will be streamed live over several days and registration will be open with a small fee of USD$50 to cover our costs.  Translation will be available in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Korean, Mandarin and German. It would also be possible for women to register individually but gather as a group in a venue with internet. Separate business meetings will be open to those with voting rights as participants. Workshops will be pre-recorded as video presentations, with suggestions for group discussion. 

Our emblem, the Tree of Life, bears twelve fruits described in Revelation 22:2. During the last 20 years we have used the United Nations Goals as the basis for our priority actions. We aim to bear fruit in our work in health, education, alleviating poverty and hunger, addressing gender-based violence and social injustice, and learning to care for creation.  In Area Seminars during this quinquennium we have heard about the particular concerns facing women today. These topics will inform us as we choose our workshops.

11 workshops will address the following issues:

  • Reducing Poverty (SDG1) - through skills training and income generating initiatives
  • Gender Equality (SDG5) - empowering opportunities for women, providing training in leadership, communication and technology as well as access to education in schools and colleges. 
  • Health and Well-being (SDG3) - of body, mind and spirit, including music, prayer and nutrition.
  • Eliminating Violence (SDG16) - against women in the home and in wider areas of conflict.
  • Care for Creation  (SDG13) - recycling, reducing, restoring, planting, growing, to combat climate change.

Click here to view more comprehensive information on each workshop.

Workshop leaders come from a variety of backgrounds and include:

  • Dr Muriel Nelson - Advocating project proposal writing: reducing poverty through spiritual, social, and economic growth
  • Jessica Solar - How do you understand this phrase: ‘Poverty at every step often has a woman’s face . . . ‘
  • Emma Cantor - Gender Justice
  • Julie Caddick - Equality: Reconciling the reality and the practice
  • Carolyn Lawrence - Building Good Relationships
  • Melanie Douglas - Living in Abundant Health
  • Rev Angleena Keizer - Eliminating Violence, Working Towards Peace & Reconciliation
  • Mollie Pugmire - A Reflection on COP26
  • Caroline Pomeroy - Why care about carbon footprints?
  • Naomi Allison - Making the most of websites and social media
  • Rev Dr Amelia Koh-Butler - How shall we sing in many strange lands at once?

Our Assembly will also include:

  • Daily worship, in a variety of styles, supported by our music director, Rev Amelia Koh-Butler (Uniting Church in Australia).
  • Bible study, led by Jill Baker (Methodist Church in Britain).
  • Inspirational speakers including Amanda Khozi  Mukwashi, currently CEO of Christian Aid.
  • Presentations from the nine Areas, United Nations representatives and Helen Kim Memorial Scholars.
  • Creation of an Action plan based on the workshop topics.
  • Commissioning service: Bishop Rosemarie Wenner (World Methodist Council/World Council of Churches/UMC Germany).
  • Business meetings for voting delegates and elections of new World Officers for 2022-2026.

Breakout rooms on Day 2, 3 and 5 will enable you to share with others in your language

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