“Honoring our Past, Engaging our Present, Looking Forward to the Future” is the theme of this year’s Western PA Conference UMW Annual Meeting which will be held Saturday, October 26, from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church in Bethel Park.
Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi and Pittsburgh District Superintendent Dawn Hand will lead morning and afternoon worship.
UMW members and friends will “Honor our Past” with remembering their foremothers’ call to action 150 years ago.
Representatives from local agencies will share how they are engaged in ministries, potentially sparking ideas to engage the present by beginning something new in communities related to the current initiatives of United Methodist Women (Criminalization of Communities of Color: Interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline; Maternal and Infant Health; Economic Inequality and Climate Justice).
In her keynote address, Ebony Diaz, the UMW National Executive for Nurture and Development, will explore the future of United Methodist Women, and discuss ways to engage new women to carry on the legacy and purpose for the next
Ebony Diaz is a wife, mother of three, and a seasoned business professional with 20+ years of experience in engagement, human resources and leadership. She is a Brooklyn, NY native who was raised in Dekalb County, GA. However, she currently resides in Danbury, CT with her family.
As the Executive for Nurture and Development at the United Methodist Women national office, Ebony is tasked with creating new and sustainable pathways for membership, and strategies that foster belonging, stronger communications and membership growth.
With degrees in Communications/Marketing and Finance, she is also a certified Spiritual Transformation Coach and obtained a certification in Positive Psychology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
In her spare time, Ebony is dedicated to working with young adults and businesses to develop positive solutions and tools for positive change and actions.
During the conference, there will be a collection of items for both the Ruth M. Smith Center in Sheffield and and Hope-Filled Relationships in Johnstown, splitting the donations equally between the two groups.
Ruth M. Smith Center is a National Mission Institution of UMW and ministers to individuals and families through its personal care home and licensed daycare and preschool. Most of the residents at the personal care home receive benevolent care. The Center has morphed from its original use as an orphanage through accommodating youth with behavioral, emotional or psychological problems to today’s programs.
Hope-Filled Relationships is a partnership between Global Ministries, the Western Pennsylvania Conference and Grove Ave. UMC in Johnstown. Located in the Moxham neighborhood, they are committed to building relationships and walking with each other in this broken world. Every week at their Free Store, they provide items for over 50 families
including clothing and household items. This program is not about projects; it’s about wholeness in body, mind and spirit. It is about being Christ’s presence in the world.
Items needed are: wipes, deodorant (men and women), soap/body wash, disposable razors, shampoo/conditioner, toothpaste and feminine hygiene products. Monetary donations also may be made by check made out to UMW WPA with “Annual Meeting Ingathering” on the memo line.
See brochure and register at ChristUMC.net/UMW