Historical Timeline of United Methodist Women

1856

Methodist Mission in India established

1869

The Heathen Women’s Friend was published in November

1869

Isabella Thoburn and Clara Swain sent to India

1869

Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society, Methodist Episcopal Church

1875

Woman’s Missionary Association, United Brethren Church

1878

Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society, Methodist Episcopal Church, South

1879

Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society, Methodist Protestant Church

1880

Woman’s Missionary Advocate published by the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society, Methodist Episcopal Church South

1880

Woman’s Home Missionary Society, Methodist Episcopal Church

1881

Mission Bands for young people ages 6-16 established

1882

Woman’s Evangel published by the Women’s Missionary Association of the United Brethren in Christ Church

1884

Woman’s Home Missions published by the Woman’s Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church

1884

Woman’s Missionary Society, Evangelical Association

1884

"A Woman’s Missionary in Every Congregation and Every Woman a member" became the motto for the Woman’s Missionary Society

1886

"Mother’s Jewels," a Mission Program for children under one year of age was founded

1887

A reading course for members of the Woman’s Home Missionary Society was started

1890

The first president of the Woman’s Home Missionary Society was Lucy Webb Hayes, wife of the President of the United States

1890

Woman’s Home Missionary Society, Methodist Episcopal Church, South

1891

Belle Harris Bennett was instrumental in establishing Scarritt Training and Bible School, Kansas City, MO

1891

Woman’s Home and Foreign Missionary Society, United Evangelical Church

1891

Woman’s Missionary Society, Evangelical Association

1893

Woman’s Home Missionary Society, Methodist Protestant Church

1896

The first retirement home for missionaries and deaconesses opened in Ocean Grove, NJ in 1896 (Bancroft Rest Home)

1910

Woman’s Missionary Council

1911

First Bethlehem Center established in Augusta, Georgia

1914

Ethel Harpst established the McCarty Settlement Home for children in Cedartown, Georgia

1917

Fenton Memorial Rest Home established exclusively for deaconesses

1922

Woman’s Missionary Society, Evangelical Church

1932

World Outlook published by the Board of Missions of the Methodist Episcopal Church South

1939

Woman’s Society of Christian Service Wesleyan Service Guild, The Methodist Church

1939

The Methodist Uniting Conference created the Central Jurisdiction

1939

The Uniting Conference created The Methodist Church and The Woman’s Society of Christian Service and Wesleyan Service Guild was formed

1940

The Methodist Woman published by the Woman’s Division of Christian Service, The Methodist Church

1942

The first Assembly of The Woman’s Society of Christian Service and Wesleyan Service Guild, St. Louis, MO

1942

1st Assembly Woman’s Society of Christian Service, The Methodist Church, Columbus, Ohio, Mrs. J.D. Bragg President, "Facing This Hour"

1946

2nd Assembly-WSCS Mrs. J.D. Bragg, President, "He is Our Peace"

1946

Women’s Society of World Service, Evangelical United Brethren

1949

Ellen Barnette and Pearl Bellinger first Black women missionaries sent to India

1950

3rd Assembly - WSCS Mrs. Frank G. Brooks, "Christian Faith for a World in Revolution"

1950

1st Quadrennial Convention, Evangelical United Brethren Women’s Society for World Service, "Declare His Glory"

1951

States Laws on Race and Color , by Pauli Murray published by Women’s Division

1952

The first Charter for Racial policies adopted

1954

Support for the historic Supreme Court decision (Brown vs. Board of Education)

1954

2nd Quadrennial Convention, WSWS

"Ye Shall Be My Witness"

1954

4th Assembly - WSCS Mrs. Frank G. Brooks, President, "Jesus Christ...The Way"

1955

Policy statement on school desegregation adopted by The Woman’s Division of the Evangelical United Brethren Church

1958

3rd Quadrennial Convention, WSWS

"Him We Proclaim"

1958

5th Assembly - WSCS Mrs. J. Fount Tillman, President, "Christ’s Message for Today"

1961

Purchased site at First Avenue and 44th Street, New York City

1962

6th Assembly - WSCS Mrs. J. Fount Tillman, President, "The Church in the World"

1962

4th Quadrennial Convention, WSWS

"Clothed With Power"

1962

New Charter for Racial Policies adopted

1963

The Church Center for the United Nations dedicated

1964

Restructure of the Board of Missions, reorganization of the Woman’s Division

1964

The Charter for Racial Policies for The Methodist Church adopted by General Conference

1966

5th Quadrennial Convention, WSWS

"Remember Jesus Christ"

1966

7th Assembly - WSCS and WSG, Mrs. Glenn E. Laskey, President, "Called to Renewal and Service"

1968

Women’s Society of Christian Service Wesleyan Service Guild, United Methodist Church

1969

Successor to World Evangel and The Methodist Woman, Response Magazine was published in January 1969

1969

Passed resolution in opposition to the Vietnam War

1970

8th Assembly - WSCS and WSG, The United Methodist Church, Mrs. Eunice Harrington, President, "Choose Life"

1972

United Methodist Women

1972

Organized around the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment

1972

General Conference established the Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSRW)

1973

Al Carmine wrote, "Many Gifts, One Spirit" for the 1974 Assembly

1973

Division approved an amendment calling for the impeachment of President Nixon

1973

Tenth Anniversary of The Church Center for the United Nations

1973

9th Assembly - United Methodist Women, Mrs. C. Clifford Cummings, President, "Many Gifts, One Spirit"

1974

Dedication of the bronze monument honoring Mary McLeod Bethune, Washington, DC

1974

Joint Seminars on National and International Affairs program authorized

1975

Law of the Sea Project began

1975

Barbara E. Campbell’s, The Middle of In Tomorrow published

1976

Ministries To Women and Ministries To Children: A Policy Statement adopted

1978

To A Higher Glory published by the Task Group on the History of the Central Jurisdiction

1978

A Charter for Racial Justice Policies in an Interdependent Global Community adopted

1978

Thelma Stevens’, Legacy For The Future published

1978

10th Assembly -UMW, Mrs. Mai H. Gray, President, "A New People for a New Age"

1981

Women’s Division initiated an Oral History Project

1982

"Christ Our Hope--The Journey Our Life" Assembly in Philadelphia

1982

Alma Mathews House was rededicated to a new ministry as a meeting and housing facility

1982

11th Assembly - UMW, Mrs. Ruth A. Daugherty, President, "Christ Our Hope--The Journey Our Life"

1983

Theressa Hoover’s "With Unveiled Face" published

1984, 1988

Sent resolutions to General Conference in opposition to apartheid in South Africa

1984

"Share the Vision--Say Yes!" district mission team training design launched

1986

"Into the Future by Faith" Assembly in Anaheim, California

1986

This is Our Song: Employed Women in the United Methodist Tradition by Ann Fagan was published

1986

12th Assembly - UMW

Mrs. Carolyn M. Marshall, President, "Into the Future By Faith"

1986

Encyclopedia of One Hundred Women in Mission published

1987

United Methodist Women’s Campaign for Children launched

1988

Centennial celebration of of the office of deaconess in the Methodist tradition

1988

Women’s Division assumed ownership of the Scarritt Graduate School property and organized the new Scarritt-Bennett Center Board

1990

Transfer of the administration of Response to the Women’s Division

1990

Delivered 10,000 postcards signed by Assembly participants requesting President Bush to sign the child care bill

1990

13th Assembly- UMW

Mrs. Sally G. Ernst, President, "Witnesses for a New World"

1990

Theressa Hoover Community Service and Global Citizen Award established in 1990

1990

"Witnesses for a New World" Assembly in Kansas City, Missouri

1991

Transfer of the administration of the Service Center to the Division

1992

Robincroft and Brooks-Howell retirement homes consolidated

1992

The 20th Anniversary of United Methodist Women

1994

14th Assembly- UMW

Dr. Carolyn E. Johnson, President, "Count Me In"

1994

"Count Me In!" Assembly, Cincinnati, OH

1995

"Speaking Out In The Public Space" by Peggy Billings was published

1997

The New Structure for United Methodist Women

1998

"Make Plain the Vision" Assembly in Orlando, FL

1998

15th Assembly - UMW

Mrs. Sara Shingler, President, "Make Plain the Vision"

1982-1985

Centennial Era Celebration

1984-1986

Political Skills Emphasis

1996-2002

Yes! Count Me In Membership Campaign