United Methodist Women will turn their faith, hope and love into action at four action events related to its service and advocacy on Economic Inequality and Climate Justice leading up to and throughout its “The Power of Bold” quadrennial Assembly in Columbus, Ohio, May 18-20.
We invite you to cover these events impacting people in your service areas.
Action Event #1
When: May 14, 2 pm
What: Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival Launch
United Methodist Women will join with ecumenical and community leaders to launch this campaign with rallies and civil disobedience for just and compassionate public policies to address poverty and help children and families.
United Methodist Women is a national co-sponsor of the campaign. Advocacy for living wage legislation is one of United Methodist Women’s mission priorities.
Where: U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. and
Ohio State Capitol Building in Columbus, Ohio
Action Event #2
When: May 17, 9 am-3 pm
What: United Methodist Women Ubuntu Day of Service
Nearly 600 United Methodist Women members will start their Assembly experience volunteering at local organizations in the spirit of ubuntu, an African word meaning, I am human because you are human.
Where: Buses will leave from the Greater Columbus Convention Center to community organizations around the city at 9 am.
Action Event #3
When: May 17, 4-5 pm
What: Ohio Needs a Living Wage Rally
United Methodist Women will stand with members of Ohio’s Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the Columbus Council of Churches and more in a public witness urging the state legislature to pass Ohio’s Living Wage bill (HB 576) to help families and individuals who are working yet poor and unable to cover daily living expenses.
Where: Ohio State House
1 Capitol Square, Columbus, Ohio
Action Event #4
When: May 18-19
What: Chevron Letter-writing Campaign to Cut Methane Emissions
Throughout Assembly United Methodist Women participate in a special letter-writing campaign to Chevron urging the company to invest more in renewable energy and cut its methane emissions and sign on to the Guiding Principles on Reducing Methane Emissions across the Natural Gas Value Chain developed by a coalition of industry, NGOs, and academic community and signed by at least eight oil and gas companies thus far.
Where: The Assembly Exhibit Hall Priority issues “work station”
For press credentials, please visit umwassembly.org/press/
United Methodist Women is a nearly 800,000-member organization of women turning their faith, hope and love into action for 150 years. Members raise more than $12 million annually to support ministries empowering women, children and youth. United Methodist Women’s four mission priority issues are Climate Justice, Economic Inequality, Maternal and Child Health, and Mass Incarceration and Criminalization of Communities of Color.