Tuesday, April 24, 2012

We paid a visit to the display area at General Conference this morning, and were intrigued to discover this booth-less booth, created by the United Methodist Women. The display, pictured here with UMW President Inelda Gonzalez and Director (and Nebraska delegation member) Marilyn Zehring in the foreground serves as a creative piece of advocacy. I found it quite powerful.

The booth, which appears rather empty, is bounded by a plain rope. In the background is a sign (pictured below)
which reads,
In 600 square feet it is impossible to show 143 years of women in mission, the work our members are doing in their churches and communities every day, the lives transformed through the global ministries of the Church, and all the ways United Methodist Women will move into the next 143 years.
So, instead, we used the money to fully fund the seminary education of two female local pastors in Cameroon.
Turning faith, hope and love into action.

I  have a deep appreciation for UMWomen and their long history of advocacy, compassion, and justice-seeking. I thought this booth was a creative way to tell their story while continuing to advocate for women. Nicely done!

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