Registration for the United Methodist Women Assembly 2018 is officially open. The theme for Assembly is “The Power of Bold.” The event will mark the official celebration of the organization’s 150th anniversary and will also be a return to the location of the first Assembly in 1942 in Columbus, Ohio.
“Our movement was launched by the bold action of women who saw a need and claimed their power as disciples of Jesus Christ to address it,” said Harriett Jane Olson, chief executive officer of United Methodist Women. “They sent women leaders—Isabella Thoburn, an educator, and Dr. Clara Swain, a doctor—to India to serve women and children in 1869. This daring continued when leaders took a bold stand for racial justice and moved their first Assembly in 1942 from the then-segregated city of St. Louis to Columbus, where African-American women were welcomed at hotels and other public accommodations.”
The early registration fee for Assembly is only $295 USD until Nov. 30. After that date, regular registration is $330 USD. This fee includes two healthy lunches for attendees and a weekend of empowering worship, plenaries, music and performing arts, workshops, town hall meetings with renowned leaders, action opportunities and immersive educational encounters in the Experience Hall. Online registration is available here.
“The Power of Bold will be evident again at Assembly 2018, when 8,000 women come together in faith to address priority challenges of their day: mass incarceration, economic inequality, maternal and child health and climate justice,” Olson said. “We encourage our members to share the word, invite their friends and demonstrate that when women unite, bold and courageous actions occur!”