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Faith Talks are monthly conversations with United Methodist Women exploring themes and resources that empower us to put faith, hope, and love into action.

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Do you know what it’s like to live on minimum wage? Can you imagine earning just $2.19 per hour as a waitress yet still be responsible for clothing, feeding and caring for a family? Have you ever imagined having to stretch such limited resources and being forced to choose between health care and food or food and clothes? We are saddened that this is the situation in which far too many women find themselves. Join us for a Faith Talks event with Carol Barton, the United Methodist Women executive for community action, who will talk with us about Women, Labor, and Living Wage.Barton is leading our organization’s fight for paid parental and family leave as well as the fight to ensure a living wage for all God’s children. In her capacity as executive for community action, she partners with UMW women across the country as well as social justice advocates. Visit to find out more about United Methodist Women's Living Wage for All Campaign.---Faith Talks is hosted by Jennifer R Farmer, Spotlight PR.Visit to find out more.
Even before the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, where the accused shooter voiced anti-immigrant sentiments, there were concerns about the treatment of migrants at the border. Our hearts broke when we heard stories of children separated from their families, and when we saw images of children held in cages and sleeping on concrete, shielded by nothing other than a flimsy aluminum blanket. You’ve seen the pictures and heard the stories. Now, we’d like you to hear directly from a deaconess with the Office of Deaconess and Home Missioner, Cindy Johnson.Deaconess Johnson is a consultant for the Office Deaconess and Home Missioner. She has lived in Brownsville, Texas her entire life and has made service to migrants a staple of her ministry. Deac. Johnson has worked at respite centers, volunteered at shelters for refugees and even traveled to Mexico to food and medical care to people imprisoned there. Her ministry is one of service, service to those in dire need. Deac. Johnson is the tip of the spear when it comes to serving our immigrant sisters and brothers. Many of you have served as well or know of others who serve. We now want to provide a platform to share the stories of those who have sown seeds of compassion and love.During this special United Methodist Women Faith Talks, Deac. Johnson will discuss the calling women of faith have in this moment. She will discuss how the training United Methodist Women provides enables our members to serve at such a time as this. She will discuss what is needed to address global migration and offer tips on what each of us can do to help; whether we live in a border community or not.You do not have to have loved ones who are immigrants to imagine the desperation of people at our borders. You simply must have the capacity to see the humanity of others.Visit to find about more about United Methodist Women's Living Wage for All Campaign.---Faith Talks is hosted by Jennifer R Farmer, Spotlight PR.Visit to find out more.
Carolyn Poling is currently serving at Monroe First United Methodist Church in Monroe, Georgia, as the Minister of Christian Programs and Activities. She is a deacon in the North Georgia Conference and serves on the Conference Committee on Religion and Race. She has served in many churches of various sizes in children's and youth ministry in Georgia, Texas and Virginia throughout her career since going into ministry in 1996.---In Who do you say that I am? Meeting Jesus Through the Eyes of Mark, Carolyn Poling guides youth through the Gospel of Mark, helping them to define who Jesus is to them, who he says he is in scripture, and how this impacts how we live our lives.The goal of this study is to help youth explore scripture in new ways so they can develop their own faith and put it into action. This is the mark of a true disciple.In Mark, Jesus models for us how to live our lives as Christians, reaching out to those who are left out, offering compassion and healing. The author of Mark not only describes God’s kin-dom through Jesus’ teachings, but also models it for us. Through his actions, Jesus shows us that he has come for everyone. Therefore, God’s kin-dom is for everyone. The author’s message offers a chance to those who feel left out, cast aside, and forgotten. It offers belief to those who need physical, emotional, and spiritual healing.As youth unpack the Gospel of Mark through the four sessions, they’ll encounter the following guiding principles: Jesus stands firm in his teaching and ministry, even in the face of opposition; Jesus heals others physically and spiritually; Jesus continues to love and teach his disciples, even as they repeatedly misunderstand and misinterpret him; and Jesus’s ministry, death, and resurrection offers hope for us today—particularly those who are suffering, marginalized and forgotten. In each session, youth will take what they’ve learned and explore how this applies in their own lives and how they live out their faith.---Faith Talks is hosted by Jennifer R Farmer, Spotlight PR.Visit to find out more.
Faith Talks with Janet Wolf

Faith Talks with Janet Wolf


Janet Wolf is director of Children’s Defense Fund Alex Haley Farm and Nonviolent Organizing, in Clinton, TN; national organization working toward justice for children and the poor led by Marian Wright Edelman who worked as a young lawyer with Dr. King in MS and on the Poor People’s Campaign. She is also an ordained elder in the Tennessee Annual Conference.---In Mark and Radical Discipleship, author Janet Wolf explores what it means to live a life of radical discipleship today using the Gospel of Mark as the foundation. Wolf explores the timeless issues of poverty, gender, justice, liberation, equality, and others using Mark as a guide. The stories of the women in Mark are a particular focus in this study and how, although often unnamed, they are prominent among Jesus’ followers and in Mark’s recounting of the gospel story. Mark, the earliest of the synoptic Gospels, was written almost forty years after the crucifixion. A time when the early church was struggling, troubled, and traumatized. Many of those who had walked with Jesus were now imprisoned or dead. The Jewish-Roman War of 66–70 C.E. ended with a destroyed temple and a fractured and frightened community. And then, as now, Christians were asking, what does it mean to be a disciple of this Jesus, crucified and raised? Wolf explores this question in five chapters that walk the reader through the Gospel of Mark, with each chapter exploring a different section of scripture. Throughout the text, Wolf tells of her own experiences as a pastor and community organizer, recognizing the power of these and other stories to heal, transform, liberate, and unshackle. In Mark’s day and now, Christians are caught in a world of crisis and confusion, a time of uncertainty and fear. There’s a struggle going on and evil appears to be winning: injustice reigns, money and greed measure our living and our dying, divisions deepen and hope is sometimes hard to find. Then and now, part of the crisis is the church’s complicity, complacency, and silence in a world where so much has gone wrong. And both then and now the gospel proclaims it is right here and now when the struggle is fierce and the clamor is loud; when our hearts are heavy, and our bodies weary; when we’re tempted to give up, to give in to the cynicism of our age. Here and now proclaims the gospel, in the fear and the uncertainty and the anxiety of living in our age, God comes singing to our souls, inviting us to be partners in the new creation, in God’s kingdom, kin-dom, realm, and rule. Caesar’s kingdom is already coming undone, the powers cannot stand, God’s kin-dom, realm, rule, breaks in to here, to now. “The kingdom of God has come near” (Mark 1:15).---Faith Talks is hosted by Jennifer R Farmer, Spotlight PR.Visit to find out more.
Faith Talks with Ellen Blue

Faith Talks with Ellen Blue


Ellen Blue is the Mouzon Biggs Jr. Professor of the History of Christianity and United Methodist Studies at Phillips Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is also the coordinator for the D.Min. degree in Transformational Leadership for Women. Blue is also an ordained elder in the Louisiana Annual Conference.---United for Change by Ellen Blue is the first in a two-year study commemorating United Methodist Women’s 150th anniversary in 2019. It will provide a historical survey of United Methodist Women and its predecessor organizations and amplify the voices that shaped the work through an overarching story of United Methodist Women changing the fact of mission. This study is about women who established vibrant societies to support mission. First organized in the United States, those societies sent missionaries overseas and later engaged in mission at home. Each was a heroine who was willing to stand over and against what her culture—and sometimes even her church—expected of her. Learning about the early female leaders who created what would become today’s United Methodist Women can help us understand who they truly were beyond who we expected them to have been.Every woman who “stepped out of her place” to participate in mission societies at the turn of the 20th century was part of a movement that brought women into the forefront of Christian ministry. Ever since the Roman Empire co-opted the faith in the fourth century and woman were pushed out of leadership roles, female leadership had almost always been subtle, behind the scenes, and accomplished through quietly influencing men who had power. Through the new mission societies, large numbers of women learned leadership skills and found the courage to use them. They were empowered in large part by knowing that many of their sisters near and far were also answering God’s call to be in mission.The women who have chosen to devote themselves to United Methodist Women and its predecessors have contributed mightily to God’s work in the world. They have been responsible for positive change within the church itself, in their own communities, and all around the world. To know a little about the stories of even a few of them is to enrich our lives and our understanding of who we are as an organization. When women dared to change the world for the better, they discovered that they too were changed.---Faith Talks is hosted by Jennifer R Farmer, Spotlight PR.Visit to find out more.
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