Indiana United Methodist Women are asked to bring knitted or crocheted preemie baby caps, small dolls and shawls of any construction (knit, crochet, woven) to the School of Christian Mission. The weekday event is July 13-16 and the one day Sampler Event is Saturday, July 17; both will be held at Anderson University in Anderson, Ind.

Pattern instructions and information regarding this project are available online at and at:

The only request is that somehow the element ‘3’ be incorporated into the shawl, as a symbol for women of the three Abrahamic faith traditions (Jewish, Christian, Muslim) and also a symbol for 1) the woman creating the shawl, 2) the woman receiving the shawl, and 3) the Divine Creator. The emblem ‘3’ may be represented in a variety of ways: craft a triangular shawl, use three colors of yarn, select a pattern based on ‘3’ (K3P3, for example).

As the shawl is crafted, please pray for the woman who will receive it and for a future in which the communities are knit together in peace as one global family. Likewise, as the hats and dolls are knitted, please pray for the babies and children who will receive them and that they too will live together in peaceful communities. Many of the items collected will be shared with women from the Sudanese region.

The collection will be prayed over at both School of Christian Mission events prior to being sent to women living in the Abrahamic communities. All women are invited to join United Methodist Women of Indiana as they mobilize for peace through this effort, and give witness to this year’s theme: FAITH • HOPE • LOVE IN ACTION.

This year’s studies include: For the Love of God: John’s Letters; The Beauty and Courage of Sudan; and Joy to the World: Mission in the Age of Global Christianity.

For more information about the School of Christian Mission, visit

Carolyn Maxey serves as the communications coordinator for the Indiana United Methodist Women.