An Op-Ed story submission by Mrs. Cheryl Buchholtz
Photo courtesy of United Methodist Communications
When I was growing up in the 50’s, one of the fondest memories I have of Mother was when she left my sister and me with Dad so she could attend Circle or UMW (the women’s group formally called United Methodist Women) at our Methodist Church. I never did fully understand what the women of our church did during those meetings, but I know that Mother’s Dorcas Circle meetings were important to her.
When my husband retired from the Air Force, we started hunting for a new home church. The Methodist Church we joined had UMW, and I decided it was time to join.
Now, I wonder why it took me so long to join UMW. I honestly believe that God has been nudging me for years. Special friendships blessed me and my life has taken on new meaning. I believe in our purpose. It’s empowering to stand with other women. We are not alone, and we can make a difference for women, youth and children both here in the States and the global community. One of the things I have learned about United Methodist Women is that we are not afraid to speak up against injustice and for social justice.
I now realize just how wise my mother was all those years ago. She was involved in all aspects of the church we attended, but I know now why United Methodist Women played such an important role in her life. After all, Mother knows best.