The official emblem of the United Methodist Church combines the cross and a flame symbolizing the Holy Spirit. The emblem for the United Methodist Women likewise includes the cross and flame.
The cross and flame are ancient symbols of the church dating back to the days of Christ and Pentecost. Each evokes image of sacrifice, witness, and service. They remind us of both the opportunities and obligations of discipleship. Paul’s ancient words to Timothy have fresh and contemporary meaning: “...I now remind you to stir into flame the gift of God which is within you....”. (II Timothy 1:6)
As part of the emblem for United Methodist Women these symbols remind us of our Purpose, that of helping women to grow in their understanding of and willingness to participate in the mission of the church. These also remind us of our heritage, of women who pioneered in the service for the church at home and abroad and in organizing women for mission service and support in many areas of need.
The shape of the emblem is likewise symbolic. It is fluid and free-flowing, suggesting change and mobility. As organized groups of women, this has been our heritage. Often at the forefront of movements for change, at times supporting the projects initiated by others, but always aware of the times and striving to move with them rather than be overwhelmed by them.
The cross, the flame, and the individual with her abilities and opportunities...all elements of a 21st century movement for United Methodist Women.
- Education & Interpretation - Joyce Dean
- Spiritual Growth - Joyce Hancock
- Membership Nurture & Outreach -Doris White
- Social Action - Wilmeta Chance
Nominating Committee - Bonnie Thompson, Melissa Bradford, Carol Batterton, Sharon Ferguson
Ways and Means - Donna Hindle, Linda Rollins, Lesa Richardson
Communications & Holiday8 Bazzar - MaryVance