January 01, 2019 | United Methodist Women by Betsy Creamer
UMW Reading Program
A unique, educational aspect of the United Methodist Women is its Reading Program. The purpose of the Reading Program is to encourage United Methodist Women members:
- to expand understanding of and participation in God's mission
- increase sensitivity to all human beings-their needs, interests, and concerns
- to encourage critical thinking about issues facing humanity today
- to grow in understanding of Scripture as it relates to Christian faith in contemporary life
- to enhance self-knowledge and to act from that knowledge
- to strengthen involvement in local and global Christian mission
Among the reasons for such reading is to encourage critical thinking about issues facing humanity today, to inform and strengthen involvement in local and global Christian missions, to enhance one's understanding of scripture as it relates to Christian faith, and to increase sensitivity relating to human beings' needs, interests and contemporary life. Reading at least one book in every category each year will award the reader a UMW District certificate. Reading at least three books in any category will assure the reader an invitation to the Fall tea at one of our UMW member's home. This year's report announces that over 100 books have been read this past year! We applaud our readers for broadening their exposure to a variety of concepts.
A special shelf area in our church library is set aside for books on the reading program list which are in five different categories:
- Leadership Development
- Social Action
- Education for Mission
- Spiritual Growth
- Nurturing for Community.
Participants in the reading program may choose to earn an annual recognition certificate by completing a Reading Program Plan. More information may be found on the Virginia Conference UMW website.
In addition, Leesburg United Methodist Women celebrate women who read at least 3 books from the UMW Reading Program Book List with a “Reader’s Tea”, held each Fall. The books read must be recorded by the LUMW Secretary of Program Resources.
Books currently on the list that are especially interesting are: Eleanor (about E. Roosevelt's spiritual life), "Up..A Mother and Daughter's Peakbagging Adventure", and "Kind of Kin" (about undocumented immigrants). See Amber King, Secretary of Program Resources, for a recommendation!