UMW Assembly Update

WPa United Methodist Women



From Diane Miller, Conference UMW President

You are important messengers!  Whether or not you attend Assembly (Columbus, OH May 17-20, 2018), the gathering of United Methodist Women held every four years, you can invite and enable others to attend – with information, encouragement and assistance in finding funding.  You might even register for someone who doesn’t have a computer or is uncertain about how to register online.  (If not you, Faith Geer or Diane Miller will gladly perform this service!)  Western PA UMW are at 66% of our goal of 73 registered from our Conference.
WPA Conference UMW has 40 hotel rooms reserved in the Ramada Inn, Columbus North, located at 6767 Schrock Hill Ct, Columbus, OH 43229 (in the Polaris Shopping area just north of Columbus). Cost of the hotel rooms:  $84/night.  Faith Geer is also setting up car pools. To join us in that block, register using this WPA UMW Planning Form.  

PLEASE DO NOT MAKE YOUR OWN HOTEL RESERVATIONS!  We need an accurate accounting of everyone who is going to be at the hotel so transportation can be arranged. The National UMW will provide a coach bus for us to go between the hotel and the Conference Center.  (The cost of daily parking at the conference center could be over $20 a day.)
Although we’ve passed the deadline, there still may be scholarship help for young women (age 14-25) from unstoppable.  Connect with Denise Nicole Stone to ask about this (

You may also apply for a Conference Laity Scholarship ($100):  Download Lay Scholarship Grant application

If you have not made your reservations for assembly yet, please do so at The early bird discount runs through Dec. 31, 2017.

Two of the featured speakers for Assembly have been announced:   

  • Michelle Alexander is author of the critically acclaimed “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,”

  • Leymah Gbowee received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for her work in leading a women’s peace movement that brought an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003.


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