United Methodist Women

United Methodist Women (UMW) is an agency of the United Methodist Church and has oversight of the denomination’s deaconess and home missioner programs within the new national United Methodist Church's organization. UMW advocates for the oppressed and dispossessed with special needs of women, children, and youth; works to build a supportive community among women; and helps foster growth in the Christian faith, mission education, and Christian social involvement. Each conference UMW group is a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.

Visit the Minnesota Conference UMW website / View 2017 UMW standing rules / View the April 'Fresh Connection' Minnesota UMW newsletter

Talking about Race in Your Neighborhood/Church/Community: June 19, 1-8:30 p.m., Best Western Kelly Inn, St. Cloud

The Minnesota Conference's Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW), Commission on Religion and Race (CORR), Native American Ministry Action Team (NAMAT), and United Methodist Women (UMW) have partnered to create a pre-conference workshop that has the potential to change your corner of the world.

We will collaboratively explore:

  • How we got the way we are and what we can do about it.
  • How our baptism vows call us to be people who stand up to racism in whatever forms it presents itself.
  • How our living into sanctification matters for our community.
  • How we can change who we are through the power of the Holy Spirit.

People who live, work and minister in Minnesota will lead us throughout the day:

  • Julia Mann Gunderson will present a one-woman performance about growing up in a multi-racial household.
  • Shawn Moore and Richard Webb and Bill Konrardy will be presenting.

All participants will form plans of action for their own neighborhoods and contexts for ministry.

Register here (you can register as part of your Annual Conference registration or separately).

Emma Norton Scholarship Available

Each year, scholarships are awarded to deserving women who are enrolled in seminary. Now is the time to apply yourself or share this information to someone who may be interested. The amount of each scholarship depends on the money available and the number of applicants who qualify. Typically, the scholarships awarded range between $500 and $1,000. The scholarship money comes from Emma Norton herself! Concerned about the struggles of young women to obtain education in the early 1900s, Emma Norton gave $25,000 in stocks and bonds to the Women’s Home Missionary Society. Her stipulation with this generous gift in 1912 was that the money was to remain intact and half the interest be used as a scholarship for women going into full-time Christian vocations. The other half of the interest is to be used for a national mission. The stock amount has grown since 1912 and hundreds of scholarships have been awarded. The fund is administered by the Designated Fund Committee of the MN Conference United Methodist Women. Women with college degrees and United Methodist backgrounds who are currently enrolled in a course of study for full-time Christian vocations are eligible to apply for Emma Norton scholarships. These scholarships are given annually. Previous applicants and recipients are eligible to apply again.

Download scholarship application

Or, after March 15, you can contact Linda Brinster, chair, Emma Norton Designated Fund Committee of MN Conference, United Methodist Women (218-841-0504). Two letters of reference are required. Please don’t send your application until after April 25. The deadline is June 15, 2017.

Resources for UMW Sunday

Minnesota UMW encourages all congregations to host an annual UMW Sunday, which provides a wonderful opportunity to share how God is working to further the well-being of women, children, and youth around the world. Here are some resources for UMW Sunday:

Sample Sunday service

Sample children's message

Sample message


Sandy Meyer

presmnumw@gmail.com / 952-270-1157

Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404


(612) 870-0058