Category Archives: Action

Interfaith Advocacy Day

Ready to raise your voice?

Register soon for Interfaith Advocacy Day in Olympia, Thursday, February 9, 9am-3pm. Please register by January 29 at this link so we can arrange legislative meetings for you.

You can view the recordings of our 2023 legislative preview and Advocacy 101 Zoom trainings at our YouTube channel. The slide deck from Advocacy 101 can be viewed at this link. We will be updating our legislative agenda with bill numbers as legislation continues to be introduced.

2023 Idaho Legislative Event

Dear fellow Idahoans*, please mark your calendars for this very important opportunity to learn about two impactful issues, healthcare choices in Idaho and Idaho public education.

*Not just for women and members of United Women in Faith. As the 2023 Legislative Session begins, we all need to be informed about important issues in our state.

Sunday, January 22, 2023, 7 pm MST, Zoom

Women’s Reproductive Health with Rev. Sarah LaWall, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, https://boiseuu.org,  will speak about how Idahoans can join in the critical conversations about reproductive health issues.   Choices in health care are essential to all Idahoans and women with daughters and granddaughters. Our legislators should trust and respect Idahoans regarding personal medical decisions with their providers.

Sunday, January 29, 2023, 7 pm MST, Zoom

The State of Idaho Public Education with Rod Gramer, Idaho Business for Education, https://www.idahoednews.org, will discuss the education bills before the Idaho legislature. This past election portends a change in Idaho’s education philosophy and policy. Your participation in your Oregon Idaho Conference legislative events will offer you differing points of view so that you can feel confident in contacting your local legislators regarding how you wish to have them represent you.

Register for Zoom with Judy Halverson, judybhalverson@gmail.com; for inquiries, phone Judy at 208-859-2049.

Who is your legislator? Contact your county clerk or check the Idaho

Legislature website: www.legislature.idaho.gov. Opportunities to meet your legislators will be announced at a later date.

Local Housing in Boise can be arranged as needed for attending committee hearings. It is important to note if transportation will be needed and any allergies to pets, no stairs, or other special needs.

Collectively, Idahoans can make a difference by informing our local legislators of our political positions as full Idaho citizens and as taxpayers. Your State Senators and Representatives don’t know where you stand if you don’t tell them.

A few legislative policy positions to consider:

Should our Idaho healthcare policy be restrictive or supportive of women and families?

Should Idaho health care policy support or restrict treatment options considered between a woman/girl and her health care provider? Should Idaho health care policy restrict or support treatment options for fathers?

Should healthcare providers be restricted in healthcare treatment for Idaho women and girls?

Should long-term Idaho health care policy include support for maternal care, pediatric care, and reproductive health care for men and women?

Should Idaho education policy support state funding of public school buildings?

Should Idaho education policy include state funding for semi-public charter schools and private schools?

Should Idaho education policy follow the Idaho constitution on public school funding?

These questions are just a few of the important issues facing our Idaho State legislature and our policy-making committees. Registering for and attending our Idaho Legislative Event sessions will be an opportunity for you to learn and to ask questions, and then enable you to have informed communication with Idaho lawmakers from your district. As pointed out earlier, if you don’t let your Idaho legislators know what you want, they can’t represent you.

Peace be with you, and may your new year be blessed! United Women in Faith, Oregon Idaho Conference

Become Part of the United Methodist Creation Justice Movement

With the UM Commission on Religion & Race recently deciding to try to reach net-zero emissions by the year 2050, I have created this chart loaded with real actions we all can take in support of this goal. Please share this poster with anyone who wants to work toward a healthy and just world!

I would also like to recommend people look into becoming a UM EarthKeeper and read these creation justice books:

  • “All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis” by Ayena Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine Keeble Wilkerson
  • “Climate Justice: A Call to Hope and Action” by Pat Watkins
  • “Inconspicuous Consumption: The Environmental Impact You Don’t Know You Have” by Tatiana Schlossberg
  • “Regeneration: Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation” by Paul Hawken“Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World” by Katharine Hayhoe
  • “The Better World Shopping Guide” (latest edition)
  • “This Is Climate Change: A Visual Guide to the Facts…See For Yourself How the Planet is Warming and What it Means For Us” by David Nelles and Christian Serrer

I would like to invite all interested in joining our new GNW / PNW Creation Justice Movement Team on the first Wednesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. PT via Zoom. People should be directed to contact me if they are interested.

Blessings,
Elizabeth Williams
UM Commissioned EarthKeeper
UM Creation Justice Movement Leadership Team
PNW United Women in Faith Social Action Coordinator

Day of Giving 2022:
Embracing the Future

On Day of Giving, March 23rd, you can ensure that future generations of women can continue this vital legacy. Let us put faith, hope, and love into action on behalf of women, children, and youth in our communities and around the world.

Embracing the Future

Day of Giving Facebook Live Event

This year our theme is “Embracing the Future”, we will have a very special 6-hour Live Day of Giving Facebook Event. Programming was specifically chosen to cover the full breadth of our work as United Women in Faith.  Viewers will be able to watch panelist discussions, specialists on justice issues, uplifting speakers, meaningful worship, live music and much, much more!  See more information here.

We will hear from our National President and our Chief Executive Officer as they speak on “Embracing the Future”.  We will also have the opportunity to hear how your Day of Giving promotions are going throughout your conferences, answer your questions, interview faithful donors, and check-in live with those who are taking giving calls throughout the day.  Invite your friends and join us on March 23rd on Facebook at 10:00 am EST and stay with us throughout the day to experience meaningful connections to your donations at work. https://fb.me/e/Tp00GXU9

We ask that you join us in embracing the future for women, children, and youth and contribute to The Legacy Endowment Fund. Any amount is welcome before, during, and after the Day of Giving on March 23, 2022, Embrace the Future!

Give: 

Or Text “Legacy 150” to 41444 on your mobile device