Category Archives: Educate

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,,  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,, 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,; for inquiries, phone Judy at 208-859-2049.

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

Legislature website: 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

Registration for the Spiritual Retreat is open!

April 28-30, 2023

Join the Pacific Northwest Conference United Women in Faith as we look at the characteristics of women as thinkers, problem solvers, caregivers, feisty, strong, loving, made in the image of God. Rev. Shalom R. Agtarap, pastor and developer serving at First UMC Tacoma, will lead us.


Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center
16170 Manastash Rd., Ellensburg, WA 98926

WHAT TO EXPECT: Study, Worship, Music, Relaxation, Crafts, Walks & Massages


  • Skyline 2 nights/5 meals – $135.00 (Includes bedding and towels)
  • Ridgeview 2 nights/5 meals – $125.00 (Bring own bedding and towels)
  • Trading Post 2 nights/5 meals – $120.00 (Bring own bedding and towels)

Hope to see you there!

Registration Form

Scholarship Form

Mission u 2022

Please join us at Mission u 2022 as we reflect on the community that Jesus is calling us to be!

Schedule for livestreaming

Portions of the event schedule will be livestreamed on the Wesley UMC of Yakima YouTube Channel. The direct link is:

Friday, July 22 – All times Pacific

  • Opening Plenary and Worship: 3:00-5:00 pm
  • Mission Videos and Vesper Service: 8:30-9:30 pm

Saturday, July 23

  • Plenary: 8:45-9:30 am
  • Guest Speaker: 3:40-4:10 pm
  • Healing Service: 9:15-10:00 pm

Sunday, July 24

  • Closing Worship with Communion: 9:00-10:30 am

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.

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

Mission u Is Coming This July!

Please join us at Mission u 2022 as we reflect on the community that Jesus is calling us to be!

2022 Mission u, July 22-24, Yakima: Wesley UMC

Learning Together for the Transformation of the World.

Beginning in 2022, we are taking an exciting new approach to Mission u curricula. This means there will be one transformative biblical curriculum for everyone. One for adults, one for youth, and one for children – all focusing on a shared biblical theme: Luke 13. There is no registration fee for children 5-12 if they are with a parent or grandparent.

You should purchase your Spiritual Growth Study Book in advance as they will not be sold at Mission u. The curricula we will be using are available to purchase at our e-store or at books are $10 each.

This year, as we study Luke 13, we find ourselves in a period of disruption and uncertainty. In the midst of a devastating pandemic, divisive political climate, unaddressed systemic racism, ecological crises, and economic turmoil, we turn to the stories of Jesus that have anchored Christian communities for two millennia.

Our hope is that we will leave Mission u with a bigger and broader vision of the community Christ is calling us to be in times of loss, grief, and massive disruption. What would be possible if we tend to the needs of our communities in small yet radical ways, as Jesus did in Luke 13?

The Registration Form with the registration cost, deadlines, scholarship, and hotel information is available at our new PNW United Women in Faith website

We have two hotels reserved for Yakima.

1. Ramada by Wyndham Yakima
(509) 249-1000
1001 Stff Sgt. Pendleton Way
Yakima, WA 98901
Room Rates: $120.00 per night plus taxes
Group Name: PNW UWF
Mission u 7/2022

2. Best Western Plus
1 (509) 453-8898
1614 N 1st St.
Yakima , WA 98901
Room Rates: $129.00, plus taxes
Group name: United Women in Faith, Conf#1865

Meet Mission u’s Leaders

Adult Study Leaders

Yvonne Agduyeng was born in the Philippines, immigrated to the United States as a child, and grew up in Kent, WA. She holds a biology and anthropology undergraduate degree from Western Washington University and a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary. Yvonne was commissioned in 2016 as a Global Mission Fellow (GMF) of the Global Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) and served in Germany working alongside refugees and the migrant ministries of Bremen United Methodist Church until 2018. After her time as a GMF, Yvonne served as a local pastor for Vegesack United Methodist Church for one year. She hopes her experience as a missionary will bridge her passion for serving the local church and commitment to justice through mission work. Yvonne serves as pastor at Redmond UMC. During her free time, Yvonne enjoys yoga, hiking, reading, and calligraphy.

Lois Hines used her medical library degree from UCLA when, as a Board of Global Ministries missionary, she assisted with the library of the Mary Johnston School of Nursing in Manila, Philippines. She also worked in the library at Union Church of Manila. She homeschooled Kirsten and Adam for our first three years in Manila. For several years she was an officer in Seven Rivers District UMW. At their retirement community in Claremont, California, she’s still working in the library and serves as treasurer of the Woman’s Perspective group. She’s enjoying weekly ZOOM classes in watercolor. (Lois and Ron met at Westmar College, Le Mars, Iowa, where they both graduated.)

Ron Hines has served as pastor at Seattle First (associate), Prosser, Tacoma Asbury, Puyallup First, and Yakima Wesley. He was superintendent of Seven Rivers District from 2001 to 09 and was PNW Conference missional church educator for part of that time. As a Board of Global Ministries missionary, he served as pastor at Knox Memorial UMC in Manila, Philippines, and the University Church in Cavite on the campus of Union Theological Seminary, where he taught many subjects from 1985 to 94. He has enjoyed his previous teaching in the Schools of Mission that preceded Mission U, and he teaches the Mission class for local pastors’ course of study. In retirement, he assists Dr. John B. Cobb, Jr., who recently launched the Living Earth Movement. Ron earned an M.Div. at United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio, and a Ph.D. in religious education at Claremont School of Theology.

Nica Sy (she/they) is a Seattle-based organizer who works within the UMC and in her local area to envision and create a life-giving community. They are also a third-generation United Methodist Woman. In the spring of 2021, Nica graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in law, societies, and justice; entrepreneurship; and gender, women, and sexuality studies. Recently, her work has involved leading abolitionist efforts for the liberation of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities in Kent, Washington. Nica is the Communications & Development Coordinator with API Chaya, an organization dedicated to educating and mobilizing South Asian, Asian, Pacific Islander, and all immigrant communities to end exploitation, creating a world where all people can heal and thrive. Nica is a featured author and publisher of Nourish: Seattle organizers document their histories through family recipes and food, which brought together her love of food and passion for community organizing.

Youth Study Leaders

Reverend Golden Neal is a lifelong Methodist. He grew up in the small town of Rochester, Washington where he now resides. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology and worked for twelve years for the Boeing Commercial Aircraft Company. Through his work, he developed an analytical and systems-minded approach to addressing issues of quality and performance. He has adapted these practices in his ministry. Golden has served the church from his youth in a variety of roles: church committees, associate lay leader, delegate to the annual conference, camping, chairing conference committees, and pastor. He went to seminary at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City Missouri to obtain a Master of Divinity degree and has attended the Two-Year Academy for Spiritual Formation. His academy experience sparked a passion for intentional outreach to underserved populations and alternative communities. With growing awareness of poverty, mental illness, and racial injustice he is emerging as an advocate for multicultural ministry. He currently works with the youth group at Rochester United Methodist Church. He divides his time between dementia studies, estate repairs, and multicultural ministry development and is exploring the possibilities of faith-based artwork.

Pastor Golden Neal enjoys spending time with friends, walking, reading, skiing, watching movies, science fiction, and making art. He is a life-long learner and likes conversing on a variety of subjects. He can help strengthen your faith through the discovery of your spiritual gifts and leadership abilities. He is currently focused on issues of diversity, equality, and inclusion. He currently works with the youth group at Rochester United Methodist Church.

Danielle Estelle Ramsay is a provisional elder in the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference. She currently serves as associate pastor at Pioneer UMC in Walla Walla, WA. She enjoys writing poetry, hanging out with her daughter, and walking her dog.

Children’s Study Leaders

Sue and Terry Raymond have taught the children’s mission study in their local church in Georgia since the 1990s. Sue taught the classes in the North Georgia Conference since they were first offered in 1997 and they taught the classes together after Terry retired in 2004. They have watched a couple of generations of young people grow in their commitment to God and to mission involvement. Terry served as the Conference Secretary of Global Ministries and Sue served as Conference UMW President. Together they served on the Disaster Response Committee and managed the conference Disaster warehouse. They moved back to their home state of Washington in July of last year and have enjoyed meeting and serving with a new group of mission-minded Methodists!

Lyn Rush is a first-generation Filipino Immigrant who has two children and married for 16 years to Erik Rush. Lyn is a former Amity English Teacher from 2000 to 2004 for 3 years in mainland China through the General Board of Global Ministries and freelance in that last year where her love for God remained strong and continue embodying the compassion and mercy she does wherever her feet take her. She is currently a Certified Lay Minister of the Crest to Coast District of Pacific Northwest Annual Conference staying a full-time mom, Vancouver Heights UMC Youth Leader, and Pulpit Supply when invited. She loves traveling, cooking, and enjoying the company of the millennials, Gen, Z and the Boomers too. Her motto is Peacemaking Without Limits

Assembly 2022

Assembly 2022

In 2022 we will reflect on today’s challenges and together find comfort and strength to move forward, building new ways for faith-filled women to make a difference in our communities and the world. We will recommit to our purpose, but also more. For such a time as this, we will TURN IT UP!

TURN IT UP! for spiritual healing and renewal
TURN IT UP! for rebirth in a new time
TURN IT UP! for women leaders
TURN IT UP!  for justice for women, children, and youth

Come to Orlando to care for your spirit, worship with your sisters, and celebrate the positive impact women create in the world.

Register Now!

Assembly 2022 will be in Orlando, Florida at the Orange County Convention Center.

The Assembly dates are May 20th through 22nd, 2022. There will be an optional, pre-event Ubuntu Day of Service on Thursday, May 19th. Assembly officially begins at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, May 20th with a Community Gathering Opening Worship, followed by the opening of the Experience Hall, pre-registered workshops, and another Community Gathering at 7 p.m. The Assembly ends at approximately noon on Sunday, May 22nd.

Vision: Faith is our foundation and our future. A faith-driven future needs women leaders.

The 2022 Assembly will focus on:

1. Fostering just and healing relationships

2. Celebrating our identity in a new time

3. Building the future

This is our chance to continue building on our more than 150-year heritage as women leaders who know how to organize and serve.

Come ready to learn more about the exciting refreshment of the organization’s brand and how to take it home!

LDD at Assembly

For the first time, Leadership Development Days will take place at Assembly! All conference officers at any stage of their term are invited to come together to share updates, best practices, and network within officer groups and across jurisdictions.

Legacy Banquet:

Optional Legacy Banquet will be held on Saturday evening as a fundraising dinner for the Legacy Endowment Fund.


Registration for Assembly opened September 1st, 2021

  • Paper mail-in form – $365.00
    from September 1st, 2021,
    to April 11, 2022
  • Ubuntu Day of Service (optional) $75.00

Hotel Information:

Marilyn Reid requested room blocks for Assembly. Please contact her at if you and your unit/district are going.

  • Hilton Orlando* –$178 single/double
  • Rosen Centre+ – $174
  • Rosen Plaza + – $158

* Shuttle service will be provided between the hotel and the convention center

+ Pedestrian sky bridge available to the convention

Mission u 2022

July 22-24, Yakima: Wesley UMC

Learning Together for the Transformation of the World

Each year, United Methodists prepare for faithful living and action by participating in Mission u, a transformative education program that offers a study on biblically grounded curricula. These curricula are intended to motivate, inform and enrich our commitment to be in ministry for a more just and equitable world, locally and globally.

Using a train-the-trainer model, study leaders attend national training events to prepare to facilitate curricula at the United Methodist regional (conference) level. Those who attend these conference Mission u events are then encouraged to lead the curricula in their district and local groups.

Luke 13: A Transformative Biblical Curriculum for Adults, Youth and Children

In 2022, all three curricula (adults, youth, children) will be on the topic of Luke 13.

Beginning in 2022, we will introduce a new model of Mission u curricula. Instead of creating separate studies that examine spiritual growth, justice, and national and global social issues, we are integrating these commitments into one curriculum. This means there will be one curriculum for adults, one for youth and one for children.

Our goals are to make this curriculum widely adaptable and easy to use in districts, units, and local churches, as well as to create intentional opportunities for intergenerational learning.

Curriculum for 2022

A Transformative Biblical Curriculum for Adults, Youth and Children

Context We find ourselves in a period of incredible disruption and uncertainty.

In the midst of a devastating pandemic, a divisive political climate and economic turmoil, we are turning to stories of Jesus that have anchored Christian communities in challenging times for over two millennia.

Some of these stories of Jesus are found in the 13th chapter of the Gospel of Luke. The chapter opens and closes with a community trying to make sense of and navigate their way through times of turmoil and tragedy. However, the chapter centers on a story of Jesus teaching in a synagogue on the Sabbath when a woman suddenly appears. Jesus makes the choice to “set [her] free from [her] ailment” (Luke 13:12) which causes a great deal of commotion among the leaders and crowd gathered there. In this context, Jesus likens the kingdom to a mustard seed and yeast (Luke 13:18-21).

What did those images evoke for Jesus’ first-century Jewish audience? And what possibilities might seed and yeast hold for us today? At the end of this study our hope is that participants will leave with a bigger and broader vision of the kind of community Christ is calling us to be in times of loss, grief and massive disruption. What would be possible if we tend to the needs of our communities in small and often disruptive ways as Jesus did in Luke 13? May we do so with the faith that a multitude of small actions, like seeds, can activate a community’s healing and renewal.


  • Experience spiritual practices that support us through uncertainty, loss and grief
  • Develop the capacity to interpret Scripture in multiple ways
  • Build our biblical and theological understanding of key metaphors in the parables of the mustard seed and yeast
  • Deepen our learning through intergenerational conversations and connections
  • Engage in community conversations to explore which small actions to heal and restore can be activated locally and globally in connection with the justice priorities of United Women in Faith

Justice Priorities of United Women in Faith for this quadrennium:

Maternal and child health

Economic justice

Climate justice

Criminalization of communities of color

Downloadable Mission u Overview