United Methodist Women of Indiana are joining hands with the women4women – knitting4peace initiative. Women are asked to bring knitted or crocheted baby preemie hats and small dolls, and shawls of any construction with them to School of Christian Mission at Anderson University in July. 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:
- The woman creating the shawl;
- The woman receiving the shawl; and
- The Divine Creator.
The emblem ‘3’ may be represented in a variety of ways: craft a triangular shawl, use three colors of yarn or 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 three Abrahamic 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. Pattern instructions and information regarding this project are available online: www.gbgm-umc.org/indumw/preemie_cap_dolls.pdf and at: www.gbgm-umc.org/indumw/peace_shawls.pdf.
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 school will be at Anderson University. The week-day event is July 13-16, and the one-day Sampler Event is Saturday, July 17. The Sampler Event is what was known as Super Saturday to United Methodist Women of the former South Indiana Conference and Drive-in-Day to the former North Conference.
The school always offers wonderful worship experiences, mind and heart-expanding mission education studies, and warm supportive fellowship with United Methodist Women. Anderson University offers participants use of its swimming pool, basketball and tennis courts, state-of-art wellness center, campground and other amenities.
All participants will experience the Spiritual Growth Study, For the Love of God: John’s Letters, led by the Rev. Derek Weber, pastor of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Fort Wayne. In addition, participants choose either the geographic study, The Beauty and Courage of Sudan or the social issue study, Joy to the World: Mission in the Age of Global Christianity.
The Beauty and Courage of Sudan study leaders are: Beth Ferrell, former missionary to Sierra Leone; the Rev. David Jennys, pastor of the Wolcott UMC in Wolcott, Ind.; the Rev. Fernando Siaba, pastor of the Humboldt Park UMC in Chicago; Mavis Streyffeler, former missionary to Zimbabwe and Senegal; and Marlene Cummins from Troy, Ill.
Study leaders for Joy to the World: Mission in the Age of Global Christianity are: the Rev. Dr. Don Griffith, retired Indiana Conference pastor, former assistant to Bishops White and Coyner and leads yearly medical mission trips to Sierra Leone; the Rev. Susan Jennys, pastor of the Francesville and Medaryville congregations; Dr. Carolyn Johnson, former president of former North Indiana United Methodist Women and Women’s Division; John Nuessle, General Board of Global Ministries program division on Mission and Evangelism and author of Faithful Witnesses; and the Rev. Alan Streyffeler, former missionary to Zimbabwe and Senegal.
Chi-Mi-Ca (Children’s Mission Camp) is available for children ages three through the fifth grade. Yo-Pe-Mi-Ca (Young Persons Mission Camp) is available for youth sixth grade through high school.
Carolyn Maxey serves as the Communications Coordinator of the United Methodist Women of Indiana.
This year’s events are at Anderson University.