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E-mail registration forms to Susan Chamberlain: email@example.com You can also reach her at 360-859-3740. Susan will send you the link to the Zoom Retreat after you register.
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.
United Methodist Women members give about $15 million a year for work with women, children and youth in the United States and around the world. UMW operates and/or owns the Church Center for the United Nations in New York City, a retirement home for deaconesses and missionaries in North Carolina, a publication and distribution network, and a series of mission education and leadership development events annually. Through these events and our connections around the world, UMW staff and members are inspired, prepared, encouraged and celebrated for their direct service and advocacy for justice.
A Harvard Law School graduate, Ms. Olson practiced real estate and environmental law (1983-96) at a N.J. law firm that is now part of Day, Pitney, before working for the church full-time. From 1996-2007, Ms. Olson was senior vice-president for publishing, editor for church school publications and United Methodist Church book editor at the United Methodist Publishing House in Nashville, TN.
Ms. Olson has a bachelor’s degree from Houghton College in Houghton, N.Y., where she serves on the board of trustees.
At our upcoming Mission u, we will examine anxiety, the culture of violence that impacts children in and out of schools, and how we as God’s people can deepen our moral witness and respond faithfully. Our 2021 Mission u in the Pacific Northwest Conference will offer the following studies Thursday through Saturday, July 29-31, online via Zoom:
• Spirituality Study: Finding Peace in an Anxious World, edited by Erin James-Brown, Taught by Rev. Joanne Coleman Campbell
• Issues Study: Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Monique Morris Taught by Donna Farrell, Nica Sy and Angela Reed
• Youth Study: Becoming Peacemakers in a Culture of Violence: A Curriculum for Youth Leaders by Jay Godfrey Taught by Abby Niehaus
• Children’s Study: Responding to Violence: A Curriculum for Children’s Facilitators by Sue Raymond Taught by Rudilyn Rush
Tentative Schedule Thursday July 29 (4 hours) 9:30-10:00 am Welcome, Singing and Opening Worship 10:00 -11:00 am Plenary plus Announcements and Introductions 11:00-12:00 Anxiety Study (All-School Spirituality Study) 12:00-1:00 pm Lunch and Break 1:00-1:15 pm Regathering, Singing and Video 1:15-2:30 pm Pushout Study Classes, Youth Study, Children’s Study
Friday July 30 (4 hours) 9:30-10:00 am Singing and Announcements 10:00-11:30 am Anxiety Study (All-School Spirituality Study) 11:30- 1:00 pm Lunch and Break 1:00-1:15 pm Gathering, Singing and Video 1:15-2:30 pm Pushout Study Classes, Youth Study, Children’s Study 2:30-3:00 pm Healing Service
Saturday July 31 (4 hours) 9:30-10:00 am Singing, Announcements, Video 10:00-11:00 am Pushout Classes 11:00-11:15 am Break 11:15-12:15 pm Anxiety Study (All-School Spirituality Study) 12:15-1:30 pm Lunch and Break 1:30-2:00 pm Pushout Classes, Youth Study, Children’s Study 2:00-2:30 pm Anxiety Study (All-School Spirituality Study) 2:30-3:00 pm Closing Service
Rev. Jenny Partch will be leading the music at Mission u 2020.
She currently serves the Highline UMC in Burien, WA. Prior to being a pastor, Jenny worked as a music therapist with special needs populations throughout the Puget Sound area. She also served as music director at Haller Lake UMC for 10 years. Jenny and her husband Andy live in Des Moines, WA with their two teenagers.
Donna is one of our leaders for Mission u 2019 Issue Study:Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Dr. Monique Morris.
Donna is an ordained Deacon in the California-Nevada Annual Conference. She currently serves as a pastor at the Church of the Mountains, Truckee United Methodist Church. Her desire to serve in ministry came from her experience of serving the sick and dying through her work as a Hospice Pharmacist in the early 2000’s. Her background as a critical care pharmacist has segued into following her passion for providing care to those that are suffering from spiritual dis-ease and distress.
Following her call to ministry led her to Claremont School of Theology, where she obtained her Master of Divinity degree, with an emphasis in Interfaith Chaplaincy. Four units of Clinical Pastoral Education brought her to the streets of the Tenderloin in San Francisco, the oncology unit of Sutter Roseville Medical Center, and the maximum and minimum yards of the California State Prison – Sacramento.
She recently sat before the Center for Spiritual Care and Pastoral Formation’s Chaplaincy Certification Board, and she is now a Board Certified Clinical Chaplain and Board Certified Pastoral Counselor.
Donna’s interest in prison came during her first year in seminary when she visited a restorative justice program at San Quentin State Prison. It was during this visit that she decided to pursue restorative justice programming facilitation as her way to make change in the United State’s broken system of mass incarceration. She has been a Spiritual Leader for a Kairos weekend at Dublin FCI – a women’s prison – as well as a sponsor for Kairos and Celebrate Life worship services at Northern Nevada Correctional Center (NNCC) in Carson City, Nevada.
She currently facilitates Houses of Healing, a restorative justice program, in both the California State Prison – Sacramento and NNCC. A hope she has for her future, at NNCC, is to become involved in the Hospice and Palliative Care unit. On the other end of the school-to-prison pipeline is an overwhelming number of aging prisoners who are sick and dying while incarcerated. Donna brings passion and a grassroots volunteer spirit to the prison system in hopes of “releasing the captives” through deep listening, restorative justice programming, and spiritual practices.
Donna feels one of her greatest accomplishments is raising four wonderful children, one of which has brought her the joys of her life, two very beautiful grand-babies.
Nica is one of our leaders for Mission u 2019 Issue Study:Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Dr. Monique Morris
Nica is an undergraduate student at the University of Washington (UW) studying law, societies, and justice; entrepreneurship; and gender, women, and sexuality studies. She serves as the Student Fellow for Advocacy and Activism at Wesley Club at UW and as the Youth Coordinator at Beacon United Methodist Church in Seattle. Nica is a lifelong United Methodist and third-generation United Methodist Woman, having started involvement in the mission of the PNW UMW from an early age. She is also an emerging leader of the Greater Northwest Area working to envision a more liberated Church.
A variety of educational opportunities and programs have led to Nica’s leadership in this year’s study on Pushout. She was a part of the 2018 cohort of the General Board of Church and Society’s Ethnic Young Adult internship, through which she experienced working at a national policy advocacy agency and developed an understanding of social justice issues and faith-based organizing work. In 2019, she participated in United Methodist Women’s Holy Disruption cohort. Holy Disruption brought together a group of young women from all over the United States to do a five-month-long educational intensive on Pushout and how the school-to-prison pipeline impacts Black and brown girls. She brings this training into her work of leading Mission u attendees through Pushout and inspiring them to disrupt the many manifestations of the school-to-prison pipeline in their communities.
Joanne will be leading our Mission u 2019 Adult Spiritual Growth Study: Finding Peace in the Midst of Anxiety (working title) by Erin Brown and contributors from Urban Village Church
Currently the District Superintendent and Missional Strategist of Seven Rivers Missional District, I have served PNW churches as an ordained clergy since 1996, and as an active laywoman since 1984. I am blessed to be married to John Coleman Campbell, also an ordained clergy, am the mother of five grown children and the grandmother of four. I grew up in various countries around the world, have moved multiple times throughout my life, and have had my share of challenges in life – all which have presented to me a multitude of experiences prone to anxiety! I came across the Serenity Prayer as a teenager, when I inherited from my grandmother a little porcelain angel holding the prayer. It has been my steadfast friend throughout the years, and I look forward to exploring it further at Mission u.
Lyn will be the Mission u 2020 leader for the Children’s Spiritual Growth Study: Finding Peace in the Midst of Anxiety (working title) by Erin Brown and contributors from Urban Village Church Managing Our Emotions: A Children’s Study
I am Rudilyn Raguindin Rush, going by Lyn. I grew up in a small fishing and farming village on an island in the Philippines. I am the oldest of two brothers and two sisters and because I was the oldest, I was given many responsibilities at a young age. I have such fond memories of childhood days roaming the beach for clams, collecting firewood, and climbing guava trees. I was always involved in church, Sunday school and Vacation Bible School.
I received my BA in English and Christian Education at Asbury College, Luzon, Philippines in 1998. I was taking my Masters in Administrative and Supervision in the Philippines when I was recruited for a China mission opportunity through the UMC Global Ministries. In August 2000, I went to China as an Amity Foundation English Teacher to college students for two years, then freelanced additional year at a middle school. It was during this time I met Erik Rush from Washington State. USA. We have been married for 13 years. We live in Vancouver, WA and are blessed with a daughter and son.
I started Pinoy Van-Port Multicultural Ministries three years ago. It was meant to empower the laity of the church as I did volunteer work in my first year reaching intergenerational Filipino immigrants and friends for spiritual formation and nurture beyond the church walls. It is still the focus of the ministry to pursue and teach radical love with young adults who are ”nones and dones”. It is my personal vision to share with some collaborators to live as peacemakers as it says in Matthew 5:9: Blessed are the peacemakers for they are called children of God. In the continuing work on peacemaking without limits, we envision vulnerability, the bridge, becoming connectors to put spiritual disciplines and faith in action despite age, race, gender, sexual orientation with or without faith.
In May 2019 after an interview with the DCOM (District Committee on Ministry) and series of trainings I was awarded the Certified Lay Minister certificate at our Crest to Coast Missional District of the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference. I joined the United Methodist Women and am holding the office of Membership, Nurture and Outreach Coordinator in my local unit. My greatest spiritual renewal was to be invited to attend the 2017 “Mission U”, by the Dean of the School, Joan Hackett. This experience inspired me to pursue the call to ministry with the full support of these women of God. I have attended each year since 2017 and part of that vision in the ministry is empowering women at an early age to being elders as pioneers of our faithfulness in our gracious Creator God. Let’s not waste time and let’s do this together.
Abby will be the leader of the Mission u 2019 youth Spiritual Growth Study: Finding Peace in the Midst of Anxiety (working title) by Erin Brown and contributors from Urban Village Church Managing Anxiety: A Youth Study
Hi my name is Abby Niehaus and I am 21 years old. I am an advanced home care aide specialist and work with young adults who have physical and/or intellectual disabilities. I have been attending Vancouver Heights UMC since I was a baby and have become more and more involved. When I was in high school I was on the Vancouver district youth team and now I help with the youth group. I really enjoy working with people of all ages and sharing our experiences and knowledge of Christ. When I’m not at work or church I’m out hiking through God’s creation with my dog, Seamus.
Angela is one of our leaders for Mission u 2019 Issue Study:Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Dr. Monique Morris
My name is Angela Reed, I am a global mission fellow (US-2) of the United Methodist Church. My placement site is as community organizer at Tacoma Community House for a service term of 2 years. I grew up in Maine and moved to Maryland when I was 18 to find my father and to start a new chapter.
After a five year search to find my father, my newly found brother, encouraged me at the age of 24, to go back to school and further my education.
During my college years, I was the Vice President of United Campus Ministry (UCM) where I would coordinate mission trips to aid with various community disasters in areas such as West Virginia, Kentucky and Philadelphia.
While I was Vice President of UCM, my passion to actively seek social and racial justice grew to put my faith in action. In May of 2018, I graduated as first generation with a bachelors in Exercise Sports Science. Some of my hobbies include writing power poetry for my blog, recording videos of my poems and actively calling out racism. It was my passion for justice that lead me to the global mission fellow program and Tacoma Community House.
You can find some of the work I have done so far and my poetry on my Facebook blog: Sun Flower Reed