Meridian District UMW retreats

5/1/2007

Forty women, took part in an April 12 retreat sponsored by the Meridian District United Methodist Women. 

Organized by Frances Gail Jones, spiritual growth officer, “Women’s Stories” focused on women’s problems in the world today and how each person can do her part to help overcome them. Harriett Touchstone read the scripture from Luke 10:38-40. The group sang songs that were lead by Jones on the piano. 

The litany was read by Touchstone, Iris Boggan and Sarah King. Madeline Strahan read the poem Awakening. 

The litany called on participants to remember women who are raped, poor, homeless, landless, isolated, second class, battered, hungry, exploited, tromped on, shot and burned. Christian women can touch lives by what they do. 

Each group of participants discussed concerns in the world and then shared personal pain and degradation caused by systems of government, churches and institutions that value money and power. Each concern was prayed about by the group. 

Gloria McAlpine read A Prayer for Wisdom. A play, A Woman’s Place, was performed by Mary Simpson, Marcia Murray and Diane Willis. Final remarks were by Kay Risher, district president.