United Methodist Women

United Methodist Women


Turning Faith, Hope and Love into Action

United Methodist Women is the largest denominational faith organization for women with approximately 800,000 members whose mission is fostering spiritual growth, developing leadership, and advocating for justice.

We are The Great Plains United Methodist Women!

We officially became the Great Plains United Methodist Women on January 1, 2014. On that date the United Methodist Women of Nebraska, Kansas East  and Kansas West officially united to become the Great Plains Conference United Methodist Women. We have approximately 27,000 members. Click here to find out more about The Great Plains Conference United Methodist Women.


Welcome to our home page. All of the links on the left side of our home page are active, they are however still being created and updated. 

Items that appear in blue on this home page are clickable and will take you directly to that information/email. You can reach this home page directly by typing the URL www.greatplainsumc.org/umw into your browser. Take a look around the site. If you have questions, comments or items that need to be included on our web page, email Peggy Walters.


On this page you will find information about the following...

Items that appear in blue are clickable and will take you directly to that information/email.


Karen Dunlap's August 2018 JOYGram

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2019 Great Plains UMW Conference Leadership Team

New Conference Officers at LDD, Tempe, AZ

2019 Slate of Officers

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2018-2019 Great Plains Conference UMW Calendar

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2019 Mission u

  • Health Form for Mission u 2018
  • 2019 Mission u Studies include "The Gospel of Mark" and "United Methodist Women in Mission: 150 Years and Beyond". Save the dates July 26-28, 2019 for Kearney, NE. Watch for dates in Salina and Topeka, KS!

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Great Plains Conference Seminar - Mass Incarceration:              Re-member Those Who Are in Prison

December 3-5, 2018

Church Center for the United Nations, New York, NY

Let mutual love continue....'Remember those who are in prison, as though your were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured.    Hebrews 13:1, 3 (NRSV)

How is it that the United States with only 5% of the world's population incarcerates more than 20% of the world's prison population?  What does it mean as people of faith to actively re-member members of our family and society who are incarcerated, isolated, and removed from our communities?

You are invited to join United Methodist Women's Seminar Program in New York City to bring a faith lens as we critically explore our country's criminal justice system, the prison industrial complex and how our current "War on Drugs" and anti-immigration climate disproportionately incarcerate black, brown, and poor whites.  With Mass Incarceration as our current UMW priority issue, what might be our collective role as United Methodists in responding to this crisis?

Registrations are due November 1st. Scholarship applications are due October 1st.

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2019 L.E.A.F. (Legislative Event for Advocacy in Faith)

"Unity of Spirit" - February 17-18, 2019

Topeka First UMC, 600 SW Topeka Blvd, Topeka, KS

2019 Nebraska Ecumenical Legislative Day - February 9, 2019, Christ United Methodist Church, 4530 A St, Lincoln, NE

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2019 GP Conference Spring Spiritual Retreat

Camp Comeca, Cozad, NE -May 3-5, 2019

"Sensible Shoes" by Rev Billie Blair

South Central Jurisdiction UMW Meeting - March 26-29, 2020

Little Rock, Arkansas - Downtown Marriott & Little Rock Convention Center

Registration begins September 15, 2019
Save the Date!

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National Officers and Committee Chairs for 2016-2020:

  •    President: Shannon Priddy  (Indiana Conference)
  •    Vice President and Chair of Planning and Assessment Committee: Clara Ester (Alabama West Florida Conference)
  •    Secretary: Cindy Saufferer (Minnesota Conference)
  •    Chairperson of Governance Committee: Gail Douglas-Boykin (New York Conference)
  •    Chairperson of Finance Committee: Estella Wallace (Pacific Northwest Conference)

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The Great Plains Conference UMW Library

Notice! Library closing after October 30, 2018!

The Conference UMW Library has been a great tradition for our Reading Program readers since 1940, and we have had several librarians over the years. Most recently Mary Ann Bede has headed up the library housed at Christ UMC, 4530 "A" Street, Lincoln, Nebraska. Unfortunately, the decision has been made to discontinue the lending library. Any units/readers with books out on loan are being asked to return them to the library by October 30, 2018.

No new reading program books will be ordered, and a book sale will be arranged at a later date. The United Methodist Women Reading Program will continue with books available for purchase through your Journey in Learning officer or Mission Resource Center.

Many of the books on our reading program can also currently be found on Amazon, through a public library, or downloaded onto a Kindle. Thank you for your past support of our Conference Library, and KEEP READING!

To learn more, contact our Conference Librarian, Mary Ann Bede by email or by calling 402-421-8264. 

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Midwest Mission Distribution Center (MMDC) Mission Trip

Upcoming Dates in 2018 and 2019:

  • April 1-5, 2019
  • October 14-18, 2019

You too can experience MMDC by picking a trip date and make a non-refundable deposit of $20. The leader of our Great Plains trips is Teena Faubel.  Call 402-217-3775 or email her for answers to your questions. Send your $20 non-refundable deposit to treasurer, Teena Faubel at 5201 Bison Drive, Lincoln, NE  68516-2415. The cost of the supply fee, the housing fee, food at the dorm, office supplies and travel tends to be around $200.00.  Many women receive part of this cost from their local unit.

For additional information, go to www.midwestmission.org or e-mail them at office@midwestmission.org or find them on facebook at www.facebook.com/midwestmission.  Also by phone at 217-483-7911.

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Links to Other Sites/Resources:



 Click here to visit our Great Plains Conference UMW Facebook page.


Click here to visit the National United Methodist Women Pinterest online clipboard.


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