LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The 19th Assembly of United Methodist Women was held in Louisville, Ky. from April 25 through April 27, and numerous women from First United Methodist Church of Morris attended.
The assembly is international in scope and is held every four years. The theme for 2014 for the 7,000 Methodist women attending was “Make it Happen – Turning Faith, Hope and Love into Action.” Women attending from the First United Methodist Church of Morris were Leann Hill, Judy Burns, Carol Jacobs, Alice Alperstein, Jean McKinney, Linda Klepp and Jane Hackett.
United Methodist women and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) announced a joint initiative on maternal health for the next four years, according to a news release. A quarter of a million women around the world die each year during pregnancy and childbirth, because they lack access to a proper health facility or health workers or even have no say in their own reproductive health.
Thousands of women left their meetings to join marchers in Baxter Square Park in Louisville who were rallying for economic justice.
The assembly was addressed by former U.S. Secretary of State and first lady Hillary Clinton. She spoke about the challenges facing many women and girls – growing inequality, human trafficking and lack of access to maternal and other health services.