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Michigan women invited to ‘Turn It Up’

Women from Michigan pose for a photo during Assembly 2022.

All women of faith are invited to connect with a local and global sisterhood by attending the fourth annual United Women in Faith of the Michigan Conference’s annual celebration on October 22 in Kalamazoo.

Calling all women of faith throughout the Michigan Conference!

Would you like to connect with a local and global sisterhood? Do you have a desire to act for justice, with a focus on women, children, and youth? Is the Holy Spirit leading you to step out in faith to transform your community and the world?

If so, you’re invited to attend the United Women in Faith (UWF) of the Michigan Conference’s annual celebration, which will be held on Saturday, October 22, at Westwood United Methodist Church in Kalamazoo. This one-day celebration begins at 8:30 am and will end at 3 pm.

Register by October 7 by completing this online form. The $18 fee covers lunch and childcare, if needed.

The theme for this fourth annual celebration—“Turn It Up!”—mirrors the theme of the international assembly, which was held in May of this year in Orlando, FL, and asks women of faith to amplify their voices and increase their witness on issues that matter to them. There will also be a time to honor and celebrate our new name change—United Women in Faith.

Even if you are not a member of a local UMW/UWF unit, all women are welcome to join this celebration. This year’s program will give opportunities for worship, spiritual growth, mission education, celebrating achievements, and action planning for the coming year. Business items related to the health and vitality of the organization will also be discussed and voted on.

Special speakers will be from Justice for Our Neighbors-MI, Kalamazoo, and United Methodist Community House in Grand Rapids.

Jody Hillman, attorney; Chris Schlegal, outreach; and Anne Sweeney, clinic coordinator, from JFON-MI, Kalamazoo, will share about their pro bono legal services to low-income immigrants living in Michigan communities.

United Methodist Community House speakers will be Carla Moore and Eric Williams, co-CEOs. They will give updates on the current work of UMCH, serving children, youth, and seniors in the greater Grand Rapids community, and details on the upcoming project to build a new facility with low-income senior housing and significantly expanded childcare and child development center programming space.

The in-gathering for this celebration will be personal and feminine hygiene items.

Lodging recommendations are included on this downloadable form. You will be responsible for reserving your accommodations.

Masks are optional, but if you have been exposed to COVID-19 within 14 days of the event or are experiencing symptoms, please do not attend to keep others safe.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Julia Paradine-Rice
President, Michigan Conference UWF

WalthaGaye Leavitt
Vice President, Michigan Conference UWF

Last Updated on October 31, 2023

The Michigan Conference