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.


Membership Census Link for local units. Due March 30, 2020

 The census process is as follows:

  • Conference Journey in Growth leader, Membership Coordinator, or President will share the census link with instructional video imbedded with the district Journey in Growth (MNO) coordinator or president.
  • District Journey in Growth Coordinator or president then sends it on to the local unit president. 
  • The local unit uses the census link to enter the data, which will come directly to the national office.
  • Conference and District Journey in Growth (MNO) are charged with assisting the local units with sending out the census link along with scheduling 1-3 interactive sessions to assist unit leaders who are not comfortable with computers.

Census Form Link:  www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/census2019

The final deadline for reporting will be March 30, 2020.

Video From Sept 20-21, 2019 Conference UMW Annual Meeting

(This appears on GP Connect from Todd Seifert, Conference Communications)

Karen Dunlap's INFOGrams

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2020 Great Plains UMW Conference Leadership Team

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2020 Great Plains Conference UMW Calendar

"Happy Birthday United Methodist Women-150 Years on March 23, 2019!"

Note: 2020 GP UMW Conference Annual Meeting will be September 18-19, 2020 at Garden City, KS! Shannon Priddy, National UMW President, will be our keynote speaker, so you'll want this on your calendar NOW!

150th UMW Birthday Video

Here is a link to a 4 minute video prepared by National UMW for use in celebrating our 150th either locally or at your district level meetings: https://youtu.be/h-WWKMFuG5s

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2020 Legislative Events

2020 L.E.A.F. (Legislative Event for Advocacy in Faith) February 16-17 in Topeka, KS "Breaking Chains of Oppression"

Those needing Child Care must have number and ages of children to registrar two (2) weeks prior to the event-- deadline Sunday, Feb. 2.
Safe Sanctuaries rules state that there must be two (2)  adults caring for children.   We must know number of children so we can hire care takers.  Email information to Rose Roberts, or call:  1 316-772-6811.   (Child care is free, but parents must bring each child's lunch/snacks etc.)

2020 Ecumenical Legislative Briefing Day February 8 in Lincoln, NE

2020 METour dates are set! May 30 - June 7, 2020 we are headed to Red Bird Mission, Upper Room, Cookson Hills Center, and more in the Southeast. Register NOW through April 1, 2020.

METour Graphic             METour facebook page

Dates are set! Put May 30 - June 7, 2020 on your calendar and travel with us to Red Bird Mission, Beverly, KY, Upper Room, & Cookson Hills Center, Cookson, OK. We will be leaving from and returning to Topeka, KS, again in 2020.

For more information, please contact the METour director, Venedith Vargas, or via phone at 308-352-8085.

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Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference Immersion Experience - March 11-15, 2020 - Oklahoma City, OK.

Register by February 27- $225 registration covers entry fee and meals. Rooms and travel to and from Oklahoma City not included. Special room rates through February 19th.


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER  | Deadline to register is February 27, 2020.

The Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference (OIMC) is now accepting registrations for its fourth annual Native immersion experience to be held March 11-15, 2020 in Oklahoma City. The experience provides history, context, and unique perspective on Native peoples in The United Methodist Church.  In addition, Oklahoma Natives proudly share their traditions and culture throughout the event.

“The immersion experience is important because it teaches you so much more than books can,” said the Rev. David Wilson, Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference Superintendent. Wilson says participants come from all over the United States to participate. “Meeting people face-to-face and learning about our ministries in the OIMC help people to better understand who we are as Native United Methodist.”

The experience is concentrated on three tribal areas which are within a two-and-a-half-hour radius of Oklahoma City.  On the first day, participants visit the Oklahoma History Center which includes information regarding the 39 tribes in the state of Oklahoma. The group then goes to Ponca City to visit the Standing Bear Park, which includes a 22-foot bronze statue of the Ponca leader.  The group will learn about Standing Bear’s role in determining the “humanity” of his people and Native peoples. The day wraps up with a panel discussion with tribal leaders from the Ponca Indian United Methodist Church.

On day two, participants are scheduled to visit the Washita “massacre” Battlefield Site in Cheyenne, Oklahoma. This is the place where General George Armstrong Custer massacred 30-60 Cheyenne, mostly women and children. The events took place two years after the massacre at Sand Creek where Col. John Chivington, a Methodist clergyman, ordered the cavalry to charge on 160 Cheyenne and Arapaho women and children.  Participants will tour the cultural center and take a guided walk through the area where the massacre took place, which is about 1.5 miles. The group will also visit the Clinton Indian Church and Community Center to hear a panel on the Washita massacre and what is currently happening among the tribal people in that area.

“It was emotional to remember the history and the people who died,” said Glenda Hill from the Desert Southwest Conference who participated in the immersion experience in March 2018. “The culture that they come from still continues today. It’s 150 years later and, thankfully, we are still honoring that culture.”

On the third day, the group will travel to an OIMC church for a traditional and authentic “wild onion dinner”. For generations, Native people have gathered wild onions in the spring and mix them with fried scrambled eggs along with several other traditional dishes. Sunday morning will be reserved for participants to visit churches in OIMC.

The registration cost for the event is $225.00 per person which will cover all of the meals and entry fees. OIMC provides a chartered bus during the area tours. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from Oklahoma City as well as booking their rooms at the Best Western Plus Saddleback Inn and Conference Center, 4300 SW 3rd in Oklahoma City. The costs of the hotel is separate from the registration fee. The number to the hotel is 405-947-7000. The rate is $69.99 for a single and $74.99 for double occupancy. Ask for the “OIMC Immersion event.”  The deadline to reserve rooms at this rate is February 19, 2020.

“We have had a wide variety of participants including both lay and clergy, volunteers, and United Methodists who just have a heart for Native ministries,” said Wilson.  He says if any participant needs assistance with the fee to contact the OIMC office. “Everyone is welcome to come and learn more about Native United Methodists and experience our culture and traditions.”

The deadline to register for the immersion experience is February 27, 2020. For more information contact the OIMC office at 405-632-2006 or via email at Dwilson@oimc.org.

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

Little Rock, Arkansas - Downtown Marriott & Little Rock Convention Center - Register Now! See link below.

NOTE: January newsletter contains photos and background information on nominees for Director from each conference in SCJ, as well as nominees for SCJ offices for review by those attending as voting delegates.

  • SCJ Newsletter January 2020
  • SCJ Newsletter Sept 2019
  • SCJ UMW Calling Logo
  •   Registration is OPEN on South Central Jurisdiction webpage below:


    Scroll down the web page, just past the promotional video you can use, to the button labeled “Registration Info” to find the latest news about the event. On the information page, find the button labeled “Register Here” and it will take you to the online registration form. Fill out the registration form as directed.  There are noon workshops to select, and other options you may want to choose.  You can pay online or mail in your check.  All the instructions are there.  Once submitted, you will receive an email confirmation, containing your confirmation number.  Use this number to re-enter your account to update your travel information.  The hotel will provide complimentary transportation from and to the airport, but we need to know your flight information in advance.

    Notice:  all registration is online.  If you know someone for whom this is a problem, please assist them to register.  Be a friend, or make a new friend, and help a sister experience the Quadrennial Event!

    The registration deadline is February 25, 2020.  The registration fee includes breakfasts Friday through Sunday and lunch Friday and Saturday.

    Also, if you are on facebook,  look on the website for the link to the new SCJ facebook page as another way to stay up to date with future developments.

    We look forward to seeing you in Little Rock in 2020.

    Barbara Mobley and the Leadership Team

    South Central Jurisdiction United Methodist Women

    *A block of rooms is being reserved at the Marriott for $139 per night, and will be available at that rate 3 days prior to and three days after the event. Room registration information is available on SCJ website.

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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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Midwest Mission Distribution Center (MMDC) Mission Trip

Upcoming Dates in 2020-2021:

  • March 30-April 3, 2020
  • October 12-16, 2020
  • April 12-16, 2021
  • October 4-8, 2021

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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