The UMW Assembly begins Friday, April 25, at 9 a.m. (EDT) with their Kick-Off event. After the Kick-Off, join the UMW as they host the first of three town hall meetings. You can join either via live streaming or in person as day passes are still available for purchase at the Kentucky International Convention Center for Friday and Sunday.
The three town hall meetings are as follows:
Charting a New Course: Letting Younger Women Lead
Town Hall Meeting, Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30
Leader: Meghan Waddle, United Methodist Women Program Advisory Group.
Young women are ready and willing to join United Methodist Women! Young women are asking for mentoring, nurturing and support as they take on leadership roles. Come hear from young United Methodist Women members and mentors about models like Limitless and experiences at the conference level that affirm young women in leadership. What are some of the obstacles young women face? What is working and where are signs of multigenerational leadership in United Methodist Women? You'll leave with ideas of how to step up as a young woman or how to open doors and nurture young women leaders.
What Are Our Grandchildren Inheriting? Faithful Living in a Climate-challenged World
Town Hall Meeting, Friday, 3:30 to 5:30
Leader: Bill McKibben, of 350.org
, via video. Bill McKibben has gone from small-town, United Methodist Sunday school teacher and journalist to an internationally prominent expert and eloquent champion of climate activism. What can we learn from him about successful organizing and working with young adults? How does his faith sustain him in the face of daunting scientific evidence? What can one person really do? Join us for a lively video conference with audience participation, followed by updates on ways you can be a part of United Methodist Women's exciting new climate justice programming!
Behind the Kitchen Door: Restaurant Workers Organizing for Dignity and Justice
Town Hall Meeting, Saturday, 3:30 to 5:30
Leader: Saru Jayaraman of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and author of Behind the Kitchen Door
There are 20 million workers throughout the U.S. food system who harvest, process, ship, sell, cook and serve the food we eat. More than half of them work in restaurants in the lowest-paying jobs in the United States. They include immigrants, women and mothers raising children in poverty. They receive little pay or sick days, often working in dangerous conditions. Come hear nationally renowned advocate Saru Jayaraman share the stories of women restaurant workers, their organizing efforts for decent wages and dignity, and how consumers can support restaurants that do the right thing for their workers.
Live Stream Assembly 2014!
If you are unable to make it to Louisville, Ky., for Assembly, you can watch key events live on the United Methodist Women website. Check out the entire live stream schedule at Assembly2014.org/live