Women’s Ministry

UMW Local, District and National Activities 

Sisterhood of Grace

Theme for 2018-2019 Year: “Sisterhood of Grace  celebrates United Methodist Women’s 150 years of women organized for mission.  We are a sisterhood of grace. As a community of women organized for mission it is important that we be the creative, supportive fellowship espoused in our Purpose. In that spirit, we offer this covenant as a guideline for interactions in our programs. These ground rules provide us with a framework to ensure that dialogue and participation is open, respectful and brave as we share, pray, learn and listen together.

Sisterhood of Grace Covenant:
• Listen actively—with head and heart.
• Speak from your own experience.
• Be aware of body language.
• Respect confidentiality.
• Respect personal space.
• Own your intentions and your impact.
• Practice sustainability.
• Expect unfinished business—both discomfort and joy.


SUMW Job Readiness Workshop

for the Shelter residents on November 18.


SUMW Fall Study

What about our Money; a faith response

by Susan Taylor

April 21, 2018 District Spring Meeting,

9:00-noon, Resurrection UMC

Resurrection United Methodist Church
5717 W 63rd PI, Chicago, IL 60638

Rev. Taekhwan Lee, Hemenway UMC Pastor
Guest Speaker
TOPIC: MISSION – “Is Jesus Enough?”

Featuring: The Olivet United Methodist Church Children and Youth Choir

*Save empty medication bottles with caps for Hemenway UMC’s Mission Project to Haiti

United Methodist Women of the Chicago Northwest District
Northern Illinois Conference

Annual Fall Meeting Celebration September 23rd
“Telling Our Stories”
Acts 26

Elston Avenue UMC (5850 N. Elston Avenue, Chicago IL 60646.)

News of United Methodist Women

SUMC’s Mildred Carter represented the North Central Jurisdiction, NIC as a member of the Program Advisory Group (PAG) at a conference held at the Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville, Tennessee March 2-4.  Priority issues were: mass incarceration, climate justice and maternity and child health. She heard discussions on UMW’s historical work for racial justice, the school to prison pipeline, criminalization of dissent and immigrants and of the Muslim communities.

UMW National Assembly 2018

was held in Columbus, Ohio, May 18-20th, 2018.  This Assembly marked the official celebration of our 150th anniversary and a return to the location of the first Assembly in 1942. The Power of Bold was the theme and  focused on revisiting the journey of Mary, who answered “yes” to God’s call to service.

Sherman’s Women’s Day June 10, 2018 —Theme: “Embracing Wholeness.” Guest speaker, Dr. Cynthia Wilson, Associate General Sec’y (AGS) of Discipleship Ministries United Methodist Church.  Her message was entitled: “I’m Ready for Something Better!”

See more about Women’s Day on our Women’s Day page.

SUMC Women’s Day Speakers have included:  2017, Helen Roberts-Evans Our missionary to Liberia with the theme “Seeking Justice for Those Who Have No Justice,” 2016 – Rev. Dr. Karen Mosby,  Rev. Michelle Watkins-Branch in 2015; Rev. Dr. Sally Dyck, Bishop of the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church in 2014; Mrs. Jamell Meeks, first lady of Salem Baptist Church of Chicago in 2013; and Rev. Dr. Cynthia Wilson then Dean of Students and Vice President of Student Affairs at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 2012.