The official women’s organization of the United Methodist Church is known as United Women in Faith. The name was changed in 2022 from United Methodist Women. Founded in 1869, the organization now boasts nearly half a million members. Its purpose is to promote the unity and growth of the Methodist faith. The organization helps its members in a variety of areas, including business, education, and community outreach.
Methodist women played an important role in the church’s early years. Women were allowed to preach as early as the 1760s, but the church’s leaders did not approve their work. Despite restrictions, some women did preach publicly. One notable female preacher was Mary Barritt-Taft, who converted many later Wesleyan ministers.
United Methodist Women aims to develop female leaders through service and advocacy. It is an organized organization with over 900 local churches in North Carolina. Members come from all walks of life, and many are young women. It also has programs that help women in crisis situations. It also offers a variety of retreats for women to nurture their minds and bodies.
MUMW has three different circles for women of different ages. The Metropolitan Young Women’s Circle is comprised of mostly single women and young moms. The group discusses topics such as faith journeys, parenting, and work-life balance. They also help with various social outreach activities.