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Ministries of Faith in Action

Adapted from the Book of Discipline

The Desert Southwest Conference Lay Leader is the elected leader of the Conference laity and is responsible for fostering awareness of the role of the laity within the church and beyond while working to achieve the mission of the Church. The Lay Leader also has general responsibility in:

  1. developing the advocacy role for laity in the life of the Church;
  2. increasing the participation of laity in the sessions and structure of the annual conference;
  3. encouraging laypersons in the general ministry of the Church.

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What is your passion?

What is your passion?

As I was preparing for the sermon I’ll deliver on Sunday, the 14th, I was struck by Luke 12:49, “I have come to bring fire to the earth, how I wish it were already kindled!” Fire can be both destructive and beneficial, it burns trees and brush, but that fire also...

God Moments

God Moments

I had a “God Moment” during the church service a few Sundays ago. That isn’t unusual, God moments are supposed to happen during the service. The pastor and the worship team work hard to create openings for “God Moments” to occur. A God Moment is that personal...

Hard Choices

Hard Choices

By Alberta Farnsworth, Conference Lay Leader I remember very sanctimoniously saying, “I would never, ever have an abortion. Maybe it is OK for someone else, but not me.” I never did have an abortion. I never got pregnant by being raped. I never had an ectopic...

Turn! It! Up!

Turn! It! Up!

As I reread an article in our North Country Breezes by Allie Lakey back in June 2014 I was reminded of the assemblies I attended in the past. At this year’s Assembly 2022 my experience was exhilarating to see the diversity and inclusion again gathered from those around the country. Singing along with the all women band was great knowing that it was their first time altogether in person. 

Turning It Up Against Gun Violence

Turning It Up Against Gun Violence

t the United Methodist Women’s Assembly, “Make It Happen!” in Louisville, Kentucky in April of 2014, Hillary Clinton spoke; later that morning, Deaconesses and Home Missioners were consecrated. Fast forward to United Women in Faith’s “Turn It Up!” Assembly in Orlando, Florida, in May of 2022, and 26 Deaconesses and Home Missioners were consecrated – this time in a hybrid ceremony. Watching virtually, one felt as if there in person. Maybe virtually is the way to go until the gun violence in the United States is resolved……eradicated…..

Assembly Stories

Assembly Stories

More than 3,000 gathered in Orlando, Florida, and online for United Women in Faith’s Assembly 2022, held May 20-22 at the Orange County Convention Center. Twenty-four countries and all 50 states were represented at the event with the theme “Turn It Up!” Read more on our blog, and check out the photos of this inspiring event on our Flickr page! Many of our own Desert Southwest Conference women attended. Here are some of their stories.


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Trinity Donovan

Dave Kopecky

Kari Cozine Butchko

Deborah Williams

Jeannie Ward

Sandy Kerr

Joyce Trevolt

John Huie

Susan Bowers

Philip Tesarek

David James

Gracie Campbell

Bishop Grant Hagiya


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