Thursday, January 1, 2015


This is another handout about the Legislative Event.... two-columns, back-to-back.

UMW Legislative Event 2015

January 24-27

“I want to be like you.”
Scary words. Regardless of whether someone actually says that to us, we need to remember that we are likely to be examples... role models, if you will. At some time. someone may look to us for guidance. And scripture tells us we are to be examples and witnesses.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matt. 5:14-16
But we must be prepared. In line with being prepared, the UMW purpose says, among other things, that we are “to know God”….To know God we must study and pray. As we observe the world around us, we become aware of policies and laws that are not fair, that oppress the weakest among us. We study God’s word; then we study those social issues and problems and we learn ways to address them. Then, as John Wesley said, there is a burden in knowing, for knowing demands action. Therefore, we must witness!
Study and witness are what the Texas Legislative Event is all about. United Methodist Women from all over the State of Texas gather to be “inspired, informed and equipped” to share with our legislators our position on issues and then to share with our units in our local churches the information that we have learned.
In this one way, we are more nearly prepared to be examples.

United Methodist Women
Texas Legislative Event
January 24-27, 2015
Austin Holiday Inn-Midtown

Register online at
Check-in begins at noon Sunday, January 25th.  The event formally begins at 1 p.m. with several workshops that won’t be repeated and that are building blocks for the rest of the presentations.
 As always,  the Event will be packed with expert policy presentations, practical advocacy training, conversations with top Texas lawmakers and religious leaders—and time at the state Capitol with a special tour.

Texas Impact, the organizing group, has made a video about the Texas Legislative Event. You may see it on YouTube.

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