INDIANAPOLIS - For the past three decades, clergy and laity, youth and adults have been coming to the University of Indianapolis campus for mission education opportunities provided by the South Indiana Conference United Methodist Women's School of Christian Mission.

The University's Office of Ecumenical & Interfaith Programs was pleased to honor these women for the work that they have been doing across the past four decades at UIndy (since 1977), as well as at the University of Evansville (1974) and DePauw University (1973, 1975-76).

Year by year, the School of Christian mission has equipped leaders by educating them about the various mission endeavors of the United Methodist Church and in turn making it possible for participants to foster conversations in their home congregations.

During the recent 2008 Showers Symposium: "Christian Mission in the United Methodist Church: Past, Present & Future" at UIndy, the Rev. Michael Cartwright, on behalf of the University, recognized the work of the South Indiana Conference UMW's School of Christian mission on March 27. To honor the UMW, UIndy's office of Ecumenical & Interfaith Programs arranged for contributions to be made to the UMW for the program support coordinator in Freetown, Sierra Leone and to the Lucille Raines Residence in Indianapolis.

The Rev. Dr. Lang Brownlee and Ms. Laura Steed will be leading a group of UIndy students on a work project to expand and rehabilitate the library for Koidu School in Sierra Leone. This project of Operation Classroom will make it possible for the almost 1,500 students to have access to a library facility for the first time since the beginning of the Civil War in the 1990s. If you would like to contribute to the costs of materials for the construction of the Library at Koidu in Sierra Leone, please contact Lang Brownlee at or call 317-788-3382.