Mission U

Learning Together for the Transformation of the World

Join us July 17-20 , 2018 at DePauw University

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Online Registration
Early Bird Registration ends June 15. 
Registrations received online or post marked after July 1st will be an additional $25 per person.


Mission u (formerly known as the School of Christian Mission) is the primary mission education event for the Indiana Annual Conference and is planned and implemented by United Methodist Women of Indiana. In addition to the adult programming for ages 17 and up, there are two components: 

  • ChiMiCa (Children's Mission Camp) for ages 3 through 5th grade completed (childcare is provided)
  • YoPeMiCa (Young Peoples Mission Camp) for middle and high school aged youth

The youth and children's studies parallel the adult studies to create an intergenerational program. Studies are always Biblically-grounded, promote spiritual growth, educate and challenge participants to become more actively engaged in mission.


Hands-On Giving Opportunity

The Hope Center in Indianapolis is working to rebuild the lives of young women who have escaped human trafficking. One of their vocational programs is to train these women as beauticians.

Monetary gifts are preferred to kick off their Beauty Training Classes! Make your checks payable to UMW Mission u and put "For Hope Center" on the memo line.

2018 Studies

  • Spiritual Growth: "Embracing Wholeness" is the second in a two-part series about covenantal living. Part 1, Living as a Covenant Community by Evy McDonald explores the scriptural definitions covenant in order to bridge these definitions with their application and their implications for the modern church. Part 2, Embracing Wholeness is designed to build on this work it explores the ways God has called us to live in covenantal relationship with all of creation and challenges readers to work toward stronger and healthier relationships with creation, their communities, themselves, and God. Leader: First Lady Racelder Grandberry-Trimble
  • Geographic: "Missionary Conferences of The United Methodist Church in the United States" The aim of the study is to give an overview of the three missionary conferences in The United Methodist Church, the contexts out of which they grew and their current engagements: The Alaska United Methodist Conference, Red Bird Missionary Conference, and the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference are a hybrid of home and international missionary work. Leaders: Kathie Clemenz and Patsy Fleener
  • Issue: "What About Our Money?" A Faith Response explores how we relate to money within the context of our faith. Through this connection between our faith and our money, readers discover how to live closer to God and God’s people, even in our North American culture that is so deeply defined by money. Leaders: Carol Hancock, Rev. Mary Ann Moman and Kathy White

ChiMiCa:  This is an exciting opportunity for children ages 3 through 5th grade (completed) to go to camp with mom or grandma and learn about mission. Children enjoy crafts, games and indoor and outdoor learning activities, while adults are in their studies. The title of the 2016 children's study is Money Matters. Money Matters teaches children about the concept of money, the importance of generosity, and how God intends for us to use money as an expression of love for others. Over the course of the four sessions, children will learn through biblical examples how to be responsible custodians of money and how they can use their resources to be a part of God’s plan. Leaders: Miranda Cruz and Pauline Neal

YoPeMiCa:  Middle school and senior high youth have the opportunity to participate in the Is It just Money? issue study, share in meaningful worship, games, recreation and build friendships that will last forever.  Is It Just Money? is designed to engage youth in an exploration of money as it relates to faith and justice. Leaders: Jennifer Casper and Adam Duell

During Mission u you will also have an opportunity to complete a commitment card or make a contribution to the Legacy Fund. [We are hopeful that every member of United Methodist Women make a gift to the Legacy Fund of at least $18.69 per year over and above her Pledge to Mission for five years (2015-2019).]



Scholarships are available each year after January 1 and the deadline is May 18th. Completed forms should be sent to Martha Lewis, Conference Coordinator for Education & Interpretation at 931 East Highway 150, Hardinsburg, Indiana 47125-8539 or candymaker65@gmail.com. Her telephone number is 812-620-3492.

Scholarship form for ChiMiCa and YoPeMiCa should be sent to the conference Mission Coordinator for Education and Interpretation. The address is on the form which can be found HERE.  The United Methodist Women of Indiana has received a grant from the Indiana Conference Bishop's Christmas Offering to offer inclusion scholarships.  Click here for more information.

Scholarship forms for women attending Mission u for the first time -- Young Women ages 18-40 are especially invited to apply. The form should be sent to your district Mission Coordinator for Education and Interpretation. The form is HERE.

Many local churches and UMW organizations provide scholarships for camping and Christian education events. Be sure to check with your pastor or Christian education leader.

The Loren Maxwell Scholarship is available to clergy, deacons, and clergy students who wish to attend Mission u events for the first time. The brochure with application is HERE. Some districts have access to scholarships for clergy to attend continuing education events.  Check with your district office.

Website and Social Media

Look for "Indiana Mission u" on Facebook for updates and information throughout the year.

The UMW, National Office website includes information on Mission u -- http://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/mission-u

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