Learning Together for Transformation of the World
What is Mission u?
Mission u is an annual event, held in every Conference, Cooperative between UMW and Conference Board of Global Ministries in PNWAC. Mission education is the focus with choice of two studies, geographic (The Roma of Europe) and social issue (The Church and People Living with Disabilities). Spiritual Growth is a major component with an “all-school” study, this year “How Is It With Your Soul?” Mission personnel are introduced in order to give participants a first hand account of their particular role in missions.
What will be happening?
Worship, music, hands on learning through crafts related to the current studies, an opportunity to contribute Health Kits for UMCOR and suppliles for Tacoma Community House, Program Resources, Meditation Room, classroom-setting learning from National UMW-trained study leaders (often with first hand experience with the topic), and connections with men, women and youth from all over our PNW Conference and beyond are all woven into a long Mission u weekend on a university campus. Emphasis this year is being placed on a disability-friendly setting.
The Mission u team has been hard at work getting everything in place for the Mission u event July 11-14, 2014. Though there are still lots to do, we think we have interesting and varied programs lined up. Besides the studies you can take, we have the book room and learning center. Education and Interpretation Coordinator, Marsha Aufenkamp has planned a selection of activities to give you a variety of hands on projects. She will have the squares to work on the quilt, like last year. This year she has added Health kits for UMCOR and School Supplies and gift cards for Tacoma Community House.
It is time to get the word out that Mission u is coming, so please print out and share the The registration and scholarship information with those that may not have access to them Or may not even know about Mission u. It is up to each of us to share this information.
And don’t forget there are Scholarships available and they can be found at http://www.pnwumw.org under events. The Conference Board of Global Ministries has added money to this scholarship, (Mission u) they are asking for this money to be used for those that come from a Church with no United Methodist Women unit or those that are under 31.
– Pam Serrano, Mission u Assistant Dean
This Year’s Courses
All School Study: How Is It With Your Soul?
Study Leader: Rev. Dr. Keith Hackett
Framed within four verbs, “pray,” “learn,” “mentor,” and “transform,” the study gives an overview of the setting for this question — “How Is It With Your Soul?” — in Methodist class and band meetings, and moves in a trajectory for the individual to the church to the world. Within this framework, the study seeks to discuss biblical text, Wesley and the early Methodists, faithful women past and present, and spiritual practices.
Geographical: The Roma of Europe
Study Leaders: Ja net’ Crouse, Kay Fischer
This study will introduce us to the Roma, with an emphasis on Eastern Europe. The first chapter will explore their history up to and including the twentieth century. Succeeding chapters will delve into the ways they are treated in contemporary European culture, introduce their lifestyle and spirituality, and investigate ways the church and other organizations are working alongside them. It will be an eye-opening journey that will, hopefully, offer a greater understanding of the Roma and opportunities for response and advocacy.
Social Issue: The Church and People with Disabilities
Study Leaders: Lynn Swedberg, Erica Lovchik, Cecille Corsilles-Sy, Rev. Karen Davison
The text increases awareness of issues around disability awareness by discussing attitudinal and architectural barriers encountered by individuals with disabilities. The book covers ways to enhance full participation of persons with vision and hearing loss as well as people with mobility loss. The book intends to lead readers to engage in advocacy to help the church become more welcoming and accessible to those with disabilities.
Youth: Disabilities and Our Response
Study Leader: Penny Wharton
The underpinnings of this curriculum acknowledge all as children of God, each created in God’s image, but unique. Each person brings different abilities and disabilities to the community. In God’s kingdom, everyone has a place, including persons with disabilities. We are all called to “fit together” much like pieces of a puzzle. When we come together as God’s children, we begin to see the bigger picture. When we join with one another, just like the completion of a puzzle, the result is a new perspective and a better understanding of what it means to be the body of Christ and live into the kingdom of God.