North Texas Conference (NTC) United Methodist Women (UMW): April 13, 2021
NTC UMW News: 04.13.21
Jesus: The Resurrection and the Life

John 11:25 (CEB): Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me will live, even though they die."

Peace be with you. Stay safe. Stay strong. Take care of one another.

Julie B. Noel, President, NTC UMW
Dallas Morning News 04.09.2021 Article by Corbett Smith: "Trustees Praise Dallas' Effort to Ban Most Out-of-School Suspensions and Rethink Its Discipline Policies" - CALL TO ACTION
According to an article by Corbett Smith and published online on 04.09.21 in the Dallas Morning News, "... Dallas ISD's Black students accounted for 4,409 incidents of out-of-school suspension - 51.7% of the total number of suspensions given - despite Black students only making up 21% of student enrollment" during the 2019-2020 academic year.

United Methodist Women is committed to advocating for racial justice and the reduction of racial disparities in school discipline.

RAISE YOUR VOICE!

Submit a letter to the editor of the Dallas Morning News and support the need for Dallas ISD to significantly improve and overhaul its district code of student conduct for implementation beginning with the 2021-2022 school year.

Are you the parent, grandparent, or aunt/uncle of a student who attends a school in Dallas ISD? Send your comments to Dallas ISD and stress the need to reduce racial disparities in school discipline as well as improve and overhaul its district code of student conduct for implementation beginning with the 2021-2022 school year.
Wednesday, 04.14.2021: UMW Climate Justice Federal Legislative Day - Advance Registration Required
Join UMW staff and members for UMW Climate Justice Federal Legislative Day on Wednesday, 04.14.21, to urge Congress to pass climate legislation that prioritizes just energy for all.

A pre-briefing will be held on Tuesday, 04.13.21. Times vary by state. The pre-briefing time for UMW members in Texas will be 12:15 p.m. CDT. An optional post-event debriefing is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. CDT on Thursday, 04.15.21.

UMW is partnering with the National Religious Partnership for the Environment (NPRE) who is coordinating training for UMW members and organizing meetings with congressional members and/or staff.
Thursday, 04.15.2021, 1:00 p.m. CDT: "Faith Talks: Gun Violence Prevention & Intervention" Live Broadcast
Gun violence and mass shootings continue to rise in the United States. Join "Faith Talks" host, Jennifer Farmer of Spotlight PR, as she explores the many forms of gun violence and related issues, policy proposals to help keep communities safe, and next steps people of faith can take now to make a difference. This episode's panelists feature:

Amber K. Goodwin: Executive Director of the Community Justice Action Fund

Rev. Rhonda Thomas: LIVE FREE Florida

Oresa Napper-Williams: Not One More Child (and the parent of a son who died by gun violence)
Sunday, 04.18.2021: Native American Ministries Sunday
Sunday, 04.18.21, is designated as Native American Ministries Sunday.

Designated as one of six special church-wide Sunday offerings, the Native American Ministries Sunday Offering supports Native American Outreach within annual conferences and provides seminary scholarships for Native Americans.
Monday, 04.19.2021, 7:00-9:00 p.m. CDT via ZOOM: "Words Matter: The Intersectionality of Race, Religion and Public Policy" Webinar
You are invited to examine the impact of the power of words through the lenses of race, religion, and public policy. Guest panelists include:

Dr. Evelyn Parker: Susanna Wesley Centennial Professor of Practical Theology, SMU Perkins School of Theology

Dr. Alberto Pastor: Assoc. Professor of Spanish, Dept. of World Languages and Literature, SMU Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

Bill Holston: Executive Director, Human Rights Initiative, Dallas, TX

Rev. David Wilson: Asst. to the Bishop, Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference

Shellie Ross: Executive Director, Wesley-Rankin Community Center, Dallas, TX

Emily Timm: Co-Executive Director, Proyecto de Defensa Laboral/Workers Defense Project, Austin-Dallas-Houston
Wednesday, 04.21.2021, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. CDT: Hattie's Cookout and Backyard Tour
The Wesley-Rankin Community Center's annual Hattie's Luncheon is a time-honored tradition for Wesley-Rankin. This year's event will be a drive-through/to-go BBQ experience featuring meals provided by Kent Rathbun of Rathbun's Curbside BBQ and a self-guided tour (map provided) of West Dallas.

Sponsorship opportunities available. Registration required. Proceeds benefit the Wesley-Rankin Community Center.
Saturday, 04.24.2021, 10:00 a.m. CDT via ZOOM: "Tending Your Garden" Spiritual Growth/Climate Justice Event
The North Central District NTC UMW invites you to examine the connection between spiritual growth and climate justice in a virtual morning-apart event. Featured guest speaker: Nora Cunningham, National UMW Executive for Spiritual Growth.
NTC UMW 2021 Annual Mission Project: Help End Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Kenya & Give Girls a Safe Refuge When Refusing the Tribal Procedure of FGM -- Learn More & Donate Online/Mail
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF (2016), it is estimated that at least 200 million girls and women (and 44 million of these are girls below age 15) in 30 countries have been forced to endure the painful procedure of female genital mutilation (FGM). FGM is recognized internationally as a "violation of the human rights of girls and women."

Despite laws prohibiting the practice as a method to "keep girls and young women from straying outside of marriage," many villages outside Kenya and across Africa still practice FGM. Females refusing the procedure are banished from their local tribes and forced to survive with little or no family/community support or resources.

Pauline Ntombura of the Methodist Women's Conference of Kenya and wife of Bishop Joseph Ntombura of the Methodist Church of Kenya, is reaching out to UMW units, districts, and conferences with a call for financial assistance to support the creation of a safe refuge in Kenya -- the Girls Rescue Centre -- for girls refusing the FGM procedure.

This project was adopted and approved by the NTC UMW 2021 Leadership Team in March 2021 as the conference UMW's 2021 Annual Mission Project. Donations may be made either online or by mailing checks directly to the NTC UMW treasurer.
Can You Help? Diapers, Etc. @ Owenwood Farm & Neighbor Space in East Dallas Requests Donations of Diapers, Baby Wipes, & Pull-Ups
Owenwood Farm & Neighbor Space is White Rock UMC's second campus. One of Owenwood's programming partners which serves the neighboring community is Diapers, Etc., and its purpose is "to provide diapers, feminine hygiene products, and other important goods not covered by government programs or other service providers" to needy families. Distribution of diapers, wipes, etc., is the last Saturday of every month on-site at Owenwood.

NTC UMW has received word that Diapers, Etc. is in need of diapers (size 1-5), baby wipes, pull-ups, and adult diapers. Diapers and/or supplies can be mailed, dropped off, or ordered on the Amazon.com registry. Amazon.com gift cards are also welcome.
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