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United Methodist Women


Rescheduled for September 2-5, 2020

Dear Calling u Participants, 


We are pleased to announce that Southcentral Jurisdiction United Methodist Women Calling u Event has been rescheduled for Sept. 2, 2020, through Sept. 5, 2020, at the Little Rock Marriott in Little Rock, Arkansas.


SCJ registrants have already received many of the below recommendations.  We are just repeating information.


Flight reservations: Change or cancel and rebook your flights now.

  • Most airlines are not charging change fees right now.

  • Several airlines are not charging cancellation fees, but this is determined by your ticket type and airline. 

Hotel reservations: No action needed at this time.

  • The Doubletree Tempe Hotel will cancel all reservations made at the Calling u group rate. You do not need to personally call the hotel to cancel your reservation unless you booked at something other than the group rate/outside our room block.

  • New group rate reservations are not available at this time. We will let you know as soon as the room block is available; do not call the hotel yet.

We thank you again for your patience as we try to care for all our members across the country. Below are answers to other questions you might have at this time. 


Why are jurisdiction teams rescheduling these events?

Presidents met and decided that bringing United Methodist Women leader members together in this time in The United Methodist Church and after the COVID-19 global health crisis was critically important for our women to feel unified and connected nationally and across jurisdictions. We remain unified as bold, Christian women putting faith, hope and love into action for women, children and youth!


What happens to my jurisdiction event registration?

Your current United Methodist Women jurisdiction event registrations will automatically roll over to the new event dates. If you cannot attend the new date, you can transfer your registration to someone else. We recommend you offer this as a scholarship to a new woman whom you feel would greatly benefit from our deep, rich worship and spiritual growth experiences, our cutting-edge workshops, our riveting speakers and the chance to be with other bold, Christian women leaders. In future communications we will explain how to transfer your registration. 


Why is it not possible to offer a refund to our event registration?

Please know we are working diligently to keep United Methodist Women jurisdictions and national office from owing hundreds of thousands of dollars in cancellation fees to the hotels. For some hotels, this is a full 80 percent of what we promised. This is a critical piece of this puzzle and how the hotel industry works. This is one of the many reasons we cannot offer refunds but only transfer options. We are deeply sorry that this is the case and hope you understand during this difficult time for all of our communities.


Have other jurisdictions been notified of their reschedule event dates yet?
We are working diligently to reschedule the other jurisdictions but are not yet able to share those new dates. 


When will you send out next steps information to attend the rescheduled event?

Once new dates have been set and announced for all jurisdictions, we will send out next steps regarding attending the rescheduled jurisdiction event.


Are you monitoring the health crisis?

We are in continuous contact with the national office events department as we continue to address new information coming from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and official health experts, and we are following governmental safety regulations. If additional guidance is issued impacting the rescheduled event, you will be notified in a timely fashion and in accordance with our contract with the hotel.

Thank you again for your patience and calm during this complex situation. The primary concern for United Methodist Women is that all United Methodist Women members and their families and friends and all peoples remain safe and healthy. 


Your Jurisdiction Team



Charlotte Morrow



Charlotte became an active member of United Methodist Women in 1968.  She has served as an officer on the local church, district and conference levels. She is a past conference president. 
Her first 'official' job was dishwasher for women's dinners. Therefore her motto:  

"If a job needs to be done, just ask the United Methodist Women.
It will be done!"


Carolyn Schumacher

Vice President

Proud to be a member of  United Methodist Church since 1955 and an official member of United Methodist Women since 1967, Carolyn has served as Circle Chair, various positions on local, district, and conference Leadership Teams.  She is proud of her children, Scott and Jill, along with a wonderful daughter-in-law, Rachel, and two grandsons, Connor and Zachary.

Barbara Mobley


Barbara first joined UMW in 1973, and has been part of three different annual conferences in two jurisdictions, serving as a leader in local, district and conference settings.  She has three grown children and five brilliant, beautiful grandchildren.  She is a lifelong Methodist, and now lives in Portland, Texas.

Carolyn Celestine


Carolyn has been an active leader in UMW for over 30 years.  She currently serves on the MO Conference Green Team, St. James Finance Committee, and St. James UMW as Treasurer. She is a retired legal secretary, certified Yoga teacher, and co-owner of an airport limo service.  Married with 4 adult children, 4 grandchildren, and 4 great grandsons.

Louise Niemann

Nominations Chairman

Louise has been a member of UMW for 40 years, serving in various roles, including President of the Nebraska conference.  She is from David City, Nebraska.  

Helen Emerson


Alicia Almanza-Leyva


Alicia and her husband live in San Antonio, TX. She has held many positions in UMW for 25 years. She is the Admini Assistant for the Board of Ordained Ministry for the Rio Texas Conference and the Episcopal Office. She is Treasurer of the Jireh House Community Development and Research Center.

Jo Ellen Reed


A lifelong Methodist, Jo ellen joined Sunny Lane UMC in Oklahoma City in 1972.  She's been active in UMW since 1982 holding various local, district, and conference leadership positions.  Currently she serves as Dean of Mission u for the Oklahoma Conference.

Alexis Robinson


Hazelwood, Missouri

Helen Emerson a member of the St Luke United Methodist Church

Pine Bluff, Arkansas and serves as president of her local unit. A UMW member for over 25 years, she has actively served at both the district and conference level. She is also active in several civic and social community organizations that deal with helping the needy and under privilege. Helen is a retired Social Worker for the State of Arkansas after 30 years of services.


The organization of United Methodist Women within the bounds of a jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church implements the election process for the United Methodist Women's national board of directors and is responsible for special programs. United Methodist Women equips women and girls around the world to be leaders in communities, agencies, governments, and churches. South Central Jurisdiction is one of five that comprise UMW and SCJ leaders serve four year terms. These leaders create opportunities for members to connect through seminars, educational events, and leadership opportunities.



September 2-5, 2020

Statehouse Convention Center

Marriott Downtown

Little Rock, Arkansas

Click below for info regarding conference schedule, speakers, registration, hotel, transportation and more.


United Methodist Women is pleased to announce the Legacy Fund Endowment Campaign Goal of $60 million. The Legacy Fund will undergird the capacity of future generations of United Methodist Women to carry forward our mission of service and advocacy with women, children and youth in the United States and around the world for the next 150 years.

click here for the

National UMW website



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