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September 2-5, 2020


Marriott Downtown

3 Statehouse Plaza

Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

Welcome to the Quadrennial Event page to find everything you need to know

to plan your trip to Little Rock for our gathering in 2020!


Your March registration will automatically roll over to September!

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.

Click below for a "green" copy of our event program book. Bookmark this link and access the program right from your smartphone. A limited number of printed programs will be available at check-in for $10.

Note: We are in the process of updating our program for our new conference dates.

Information is changing as we receive updates.




We are working on an updated itinerary and keynote speakers. The attached schedule is subject to change. 

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Marriott Hotel

New group rate reservations are not available at this time. We will let you

know as soon as the room block is available; Please do not call the hotel yet.

Hotel link coming...
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Little Rock, Arkansas

Local area info and things to do during your free time in Little Rock. Click here for a printable list recommended by our board.

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Event Speakers, Leaders, Presenters & Performers

We are in the process of confirming availability of our leaders for the new September conference dates. We will update as information is provided. 



Keynote Speaker

Darryl Burton, an innocent man, was wrongfully imprisoned for 24 years before he was exonerated in 2008. From the pit to the pulpit, Darryl now serves as an associate pastor of Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, and founded Miracle of Innocence (MOI), a non-profit organization to support innocent victims still in prison and those recently released. He raises awareness through his public speaking to bring about change, hope, justice and forgiveness.



National President United Methodist Women

Shannon Priddy’s life journey so far has taken her on multiple paths. Among them: a Peace Corps volunteer in Armenia, a flight attendant for Delta Airlines, a fundraiser for the Keep Indianapolis Beautiful nonprofit and an active church member. Now she’s taken on a role of a lifetime.



Music Director

An ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church serving as Pastor for Worship, Mission and Congregational Care at Westminster UMC in Houston, Texas, Suzi has Master's degrees in Vocal Performance, Vocal Pedagogy and Theological Studies. She is a worship designer, enlivener, clinician, and vocalist, Founder of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Hymns, and a composer, collaborating with contemporary hymn writers. Suzi is native German and lives with two teenage daughters in Katy, TX, where she also enjoys being a band and soccer mom.

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Workshop Leader

Executive for Community Action with UMW, Carol works with members across the US to link faith and action for justice, particularly around the UMW priority concerns, all through the lens of racial and gender justice. She leads the current justice priority on Economic Inequality with a focus on Living Wages for All.

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Workshop Leader

Emily is the Executive for Racial Justice with UMW and leads the campaign to interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline. She served as director and lead organizer for the Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty, program manager for an education non-profit, lay associate pastor for discipleship at a new church plant in Chicago, IL, and a labor organizer with a healthcare employees’ union in Connecticut.

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Workshop Leader


A member of the Program Advisory Group of United Methodist Women, representing the Great Plains Conference, Rose has a master’s degree in creative writing and women’s studies, with a background in child support enforcement. She is focused on education and leadership, with a passion for the purpose of United Methodist Women.

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Workshop Leaders

Yolanda Perry currently serves as an SCJ Guide for UMW’s “Be Just, Be Green” campaign, promoting wholeness and justice in the way meetings and events are planned. She resources Conference and District UMW Leadership Teams to reach climate justice goals through education and advocacy.



Bible Study Leader

An elder member of the Arkansas UMW Conference. Pastor of St. Paul UMC, Little Rock. Graduate of Ouachita, Vanderbilt, and Boston Universities. Pam taught and worked in libraries in AK, MO, TN and MA. She also served congregations in Massachusetts and Arkansas.  Life verse: 2 Cor. 5:20 - "We are Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God."



CEO United Methodist Women

Harriett Jane Olson has served as chief executive officer of the United Methodist Women’s national administrative and policymaking arm since 2007. United Methodist Women is a nearly 800,000-member organization within the United Methodist Church in the United States.




Valerie began her career as a pianist at an early age and was quickly recognized as having something special by her music mentor. The second of five children in a musical family to Civil Rights Activist and Pastor, Frederick D. & Alline C. Reese, Valerie studied classical piano at University of Montevallo, where she became an accompanist after graduation. Increasing lineages of musical partnerships have been formed in the area of instruction and accompaniment with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Tuskegee University, Alabama A & M University, 



Workshop Leader

Director of the National Board of UMW. Active in North Texas Conference UMW on all levels. She previously served as Central Texas Conference UMW President from 2009-2013. She sponsored the Tarleton State University UMW for sixteen years and champions efforts to encourage greater participation by young women in UMW.

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Workshop Leaders

Ellen Lipsey currently serves as a SCJ Guide for UMW’s “Be Just, Be Green” campaign, promoting wholeness and justice in the way meetings and events are planned. She resources Conference and District UMW Leadership Teams to reach climate justice goals through education and advocacy.

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Workshop Leader

Director of the National Board of United Methodist Women, Stacie serves on the Planning/Assessment, Reading Program, Property Task Force and 150thLegacy Steering Committees. She lives in Houston, Texas, where she works at Texas Southern University.  She holds several positions in her local church, the Texas Annual Conference, and the board of the Wesley Community Center-Houston.

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Yoga Instructor

Carolyn, a resident of Overland Park, Kansas, has been studying yoga for over forty years and is a Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor. She teaches gentle/basic yoga, intermediate and advanced yoga, and chair yoga to senior citizens. Her purpose is to empower everybody to be the best they can be and to find the joy and peace that a yoga practice can bring.

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