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Mission u is an opportunity to study current issues impacting society based on recent mission study topics. Mission u is open to members and non -members of United Methodist Women. At Mission u: Learning Together for Transformation of the World you grow in understanding of the mission of the church in the current world context. The studies give particular attention to the responsibilities of women in the fulfillment of the mission work of the church. Mission u is blessed to have wonderful study leaders again for 2017. Learn more about them and sign up for Mission u today.

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Rev. Ida E. Easley – Missionary Conference of the United Methodist Church – all three locations
Ida is a ‘cradle’ Methodist raised in Indianapolis, Indiana and a member of United Methodist Women since she was a young adult. She is a retired elder from the Indiana Annual Conference serving as a district superintendent and churches in Connersville, Rushville, Indianapolis, Columbus and Nashville, Indiana.
Rev. Easley has facilitated several Schools of Mission prior to Mission u. She has assisted in the formation of several Emmaus communities in Indiana and currently serve on the Board for the Southern Nevada Emmaus Community.
Upon retirement in 2014, Ida moved to Las Vegas to be near her son, Christopher. She attends Desert Spring UMC where she coordinates the Prayer Ministry, sings in the choir, serves on the Missions Committee, attends Ruth Circle and occasionally has the opportunity to preach.
Ida find the areas of study for Mission u to be challenging and transformative and hopes those who participate are able to witness to the continuing grace and power of God in our lives as we seek to be disciples of Jesus Christ.

Portrait of Rev, Evy McDonaldRev. Dr. Evy McDonald –  Living as a Covenant Community – South Districts
Evy is a member of the New York Annual Conference who now resides in Tucson, Arizona. Her love for the Southwest led her back to what she calls her “spiritual home.” While in New York she led small village churches and larger inner city congregations. Her passion has, always, been to make each church as welcoming as possible. This happens when everyone is seen as a needed and valued part of the community. This is what led her to say “yes” to becoming the author of ‘Living in a Covenant Community.”
Throughout her ministry career Evy has always been part of United Methodist Women. She has served as a study leader two times previously. As a former co-chair of the United Methodist Association of Ministers with Disabilities she helped craft the proposal for what became The Church and People with Disabilities in 2014.
She earned a Master in Nursing degree from the University of Arizona, a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from Drew University.

Portrait of Rev. Khalif Smith Sr.Rev. Khalif Akil Smith Sr. – Living as a Covenant Community – North District and East/West District
Raised in New York City from birth until age 18 as the child of a United Methodist pastor, where he served numerous positions in the Church from acolyte to Sunday school teacher. As a young adult he worked at United Methodist Church camps as a counselor, served community youth as a mentor, served as a youth delegate at New York Annual Conference and worked with homeless shelters and senior living facilities throughout the New York metropolitan area. He moved to Georgia in 1991 to pursue a college education.
Khalif attended DeVry University where he completed an undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Telecommunications Management. He returned to DeVry University to complete another undergraduate B.S. in Information Technology, and went on to complete a M.I.T (Master of Information Technology) degree at American Intercontinental University.
Khalif decided to answer God’s calling on his life in 2006 after serving Grayson United Methodist Church as a Sunday school teacher for adults and Senior High youth. He is a graduate of Candler School of Theology at Emory University having completed a Master of Divinity degree in May of 2011.
Khalif has served as the lead pastor of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, as Associate Pastor of Dacula United Methodist Church, and as lead pastor of Clarkston United Methodist Church, in the North GA Conference. He is currently the Pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Las Vegas, Nevada. His family consists of his wife Nikki and his children Cassie, Khalif II, Asti, and Zoe, who are all very supportive and active in his ministry. Khalif has a strong sense of purpose and passion for spreading the Gospel, as well as a deep dedication to God, family and community.

Alberta FarnsworthClimate Justice – South District
Alberta Farnsworth was born in Missoula, Montana and grew up mostly in Illinois and Colorado. She did not grow up Methodist, but has embraced the United Methodist Church as home since 1969 having been a member of United Methodist churches in Phoenix, AZ, Beverly, MA, Columbia, SC, Fort Collins, CO and since 1985, Tucson, AZ. She is a member of the United Methodist Women of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church and has served on both the District and the Conference teams. She is an avid reader (Plan IV every year!) and very interested, as a lay person, in caring for our natural resources. Taking an early morning walk each day reminds her of how we are all part of God’s creation. Living in the desert, (she and her husband, David, have a 3 acre “yard”) keeps her focused on the needs of the desert critters and plants as well as the wants and needs of humans.

Sarah KingClimate Justice – East/West District
Sarah is Chair of the Arizona Faith Network Earth Care Commission and board member of Arizona Interfaith Power and Light. She also chairs the Earth Care Subgroup for the Desert Southwest Conference, United Methodist Church Board of Church and Society. Ms. King earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Illinois College in 1973 and a Master’s in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago in 1976. She has worked as a counselor and social worker, freelance writer and steel drum music teacher. A passionate earth care advocate, Sarah has also volunteered for over 30 years with various faith-based and secular environmental groups, devoting many hours to educating faith groups and members of the general public about environmental issues. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, biking and playing the tenor pan in her steel drum band. Sarah is married and resides in Flagstaff, AZ with her husband and dog.

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