UMW advocates for the oppressed and dispossessed, supports the needs of women, children and youth, seeks to build a supportive community among women, and helps foster growth in the Christian faith, mission education, and Christian social involvement.
The purpose of United Methodist Women remains essentially the same as it was over 100 years ago. We are organized for mission. We seek wholeness for ourselves and for others, especially women, children, and youth. We seek to be followers of Jesus Christ as we live our faith in acts of justice and mercy. We are catalysts for needed change. We are mobilizers of human and material resources. We are creators of new arenas of participation throughout the church and the world. Ours is a “sisterhood” of Faith, Hope, and Love in Action.
Historically, United Methodist Women has been a branch of the Women’s Division of the General Board of Global Ministries. However, UMW is undergoing some changes. We are moving from a structure-oriented organization to one that is program focused. The Women’s Division, the policy-making body, will now be known as United Methodist Women, an incorporated organization. UMW will continue to be a voting member of the General Board of Global Ministries.