The Church Center for the United Nations
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The Church Center for the United Nations

Blessed Are the Peacemakers After World War II it was all too clear to the nation’s churches that the world needed a viable institution to help avoid the horror of war. United Methodist Women predecessors sent cards to the U.S. State Department urging the United States to join a world peace organization founded in 1945...

Sunamoto, Teikichi
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Sunamoto, Teikichi

A Founder of Methodism in Japan [The Rev. Sunamoto was a Japanese Methodist pastor and evangelist working with members of the missionary Lambuth family and others in establishing the Methodist Church in Japan in the late 19th century. Following his death in May 1938, World Outlook magazine, then a publication of the Methodist Episcopal Church,...

Showers, Justina L.
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Showers, Justina L.

EUB Mission Leader (This profile is adapted with excerpts from a profile by Mary McLanachan in the November, 1983 issue of New World Outlook magazine.  Mrs. Showers was 98 years old at the time of publication. She was born on January 4, 1885, into the family of Dr. and Mrs. E. S. Lorenz, founders of...

Sheperd, Helen
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Sheperd, Helen

Pioneering Missionary to Mongolia Helen Sheperd was a Global Ministries missionary nurse from 1992 to 2015, specializing in hospice ministries, first in Korea, and from 2002 through her retirement in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, where she also founded the Mongolia Mission Initiative that developed into a network of congregations and social programs. A native of Ann Arbor,...

Savuto, Jerri and Bill
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Savuto, Jerri and Bill

Faithful Missionaries Jerri and Bill Savuto represent a pattern of United Methodist missionary service common in the late 20th and early 21st century: long years spent in a variety of places, with occasional time outs. Jerri was a registered nursed and Bill an educator and electronics technician. Their longest service was at Maua Methodist Hospital...

Willard, Frances
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Willard, Frances

Doing Justice: Women’s Suffrage, Workers’ Rights, Anti-Child Labor Efforts Courageous Methodist women, such as Anna Howard Shaw and Frances Willard, were leaders in the struggles for women’s suffrage and worker rights, including efforts against child labor. In 1904 Ms. Shaw became president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. She also pressed for women’s right...

Sawyer, Sallie
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Sawyer, Sallie

Co-founder of Bethlehem Centers of Nashville More than 100 years ago, Estelle Haskins, a white missionary with the Methodist Training School in Nashville, and Sallie Sawyer, an African American graduate of Fisk University, teacher and member of Capers Memorial Colored Methodist Episcopal Church, merged their services to start a kindergarten, well-baby clinic, sewing circle and...

Catchings, Rose
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Catchings, Rose

Listening to the Voices of Women From 1968 to 1988 Rose Catchings served as the first executive for international ministries with women and children for the General Board of Global Ministries, a position created to oversee United Methodist Women’s international work after The United Methodist Church was formed in 1968. In the World Division’s Oral...

Ames, Jessie
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Ames, Jessie

Lynching Is an Indefensible Crime In 1930 Methodist woman Jessie Daniel Ames gathered a small group of daring women together in Atlanta, Georgia, to form the Association of Southern Women for the Prevention of Lynching. The protection of white women had been a common excuse for white mob lynchings of black men, and so the...

Scranton, Mary
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Scranton, Mary

Educator of Girls in Korea In 1885, Mary F. Scranton became the first woman missionary sent to Korea by the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church (North). Ms. Scranton established Korea’s first girls school, Ewha School for Girls, shared the Gospel message with Korean women and helped them organize for Christian service. More...