Mission u: Learning Together for the Transformation of the World.
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.
2016 Mission u ~
We gathered July 19-22 at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana for our annual mission education event. Now we take what we studied and share it in our local UMW organizations, our churches, and our communities.
The studies for 2016 are:
- Spiritual Growth: "The Bible and Human Sexuality : Claiming God's Good Gift" We will explore the complexity of the biblical text and our varied understandings of it in light of human sexuality. We will experience the influence theologians and church leaders throughout the centuries of Judeo-Christian history. We Will consider the influence of family systems, heritage, and changing gender roles along with the impact of race, class, age, ethnicity, and orientation and how each of us was reared and instructed in our Christian faith. Leaders: Rev. Derek and LaDonna Weber.
- Geographic: "Latin America: People and Faith" (2015 & 2016) This study will teach us about the history of Latin America from pre-Colombian times until the colonization. We will learn about the influence different religions and faith traditions have had on the area. The current challenges of Latin America will also be discussed as we explore art, culture, and contributions women have made in this region. Leaders: Sandra Ruby and Rev. Serge Monperous.
- Social Issue: "Climate Justice : A call to hope and action" (2016 & 2017) This study will deepen our understanding and awareness of climate change and its impact on God's creation. The study highlights justice, peace, and integrity of creation as important dimensions of partnering in God's mission today. It offers participants, biblical, theological, and ethical insights as the basis of their advocacy on climate justice in churches and in the public sphere. Leaders: Cassidhe Hart, Emily Hart, Pauline Neal, and Debra Poole,
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. Led by Adam Duell and housed at Gobin Memorial UMC. The title of the 2016 children's study is God's Extravagant Garden.
YoPeMiCa: Middle school and senior high youth have the opportunity to participate in the Joining Voices for Climate Justice mission study, share in meaningful worship, games, recreation and build friendships that will last forever. Leaders: Helene and Jesse Foust,
Hands-On Mission Project: For the 2016 project we are collected baby gowns or sleepers for UMCOR -- handmade or store bought. The gowns will be part of the Layette kits put together at the mission depots. This collection is now closed and donations are no longer being accepted. If you didn't get your gowns to Mission u please send them directly to the Midwest Mission Distribution Center in Illinois.
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).]
Sampler Day ~
A one day event with a "sample" of all three studies and some of the worship experiences.
2014 Hands-on Mission Project: The 2014 project was to collect money for "Money is the Mortar." UMW in the Democratic Republic of The Congo made 20,000 bricks to build a women's literacy center and this mission project provided money to purchase the mortar locally to put the building together. This is in connection with a North Central Jurisdiction young adult mission trip organized with Friendly Planet Missiology. To see Delaney's report about the trip, click here. Please note that donations are no longer being accepted.
The 2015 studies will continue to be used in the local churches and districts for programming and study. The 2015 studies were:
- Spiritual Growth: "Created for Happiness: Understanding Your Life in God" (Examine the understanding of happiness and how to live the life that God calls us to lead; led by Vickie Newkirk). Here are some resources that Vickie shared:
- Geographic: "Latin America: People and Faith" (2015 & 2016) (A look at Latin American history, culture and faith)
- Social Issue: "The Church and People with Disabilities" (2014 & 2015) (Promote awareness, inclusion, accessibility and advocacy for those with disabilities)
2015 Mission u Hands on Mission Project was an in-gathering of UMCOR Layette kits. We collected over 200 kits, materials for addition kits and about $2,000 for shipping. This project is now closed -- any remaining layette kits should be sent directly to the Midwest Mission Distribution Center.
Study books are available for purchase from the UMW Mission Resource Center.
Scholarships are available each year after January 1 and the deadline is April 15.
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.
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 and when completed should be returned to Barb Bugher by May 1, 2016. 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