GCChristian women leaders coming for dialogue

METHODIST and other Christian women leaders from Asia and the United States of America will gather in Singapore at the end of the month to pick up leadership skills and to discuss societal issues and the role of Christian women.

They will be here from July 29 to Aug 3 also to reflect on Biblical teachings as the foundation for mission, to address gender issues from an Asian Christian woman’s perspective and to strengthen the network among Asian Methodist women for continuing mission work together.

The Asian Christian Women’s Leadership Training and Dialogue is sponsored by the Women’s Division of the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) of the United Methodist Church in the United States, the Global Women’s Leadership Center-Korea and the General Conference Women’s Society of Christian Service (GC-WSCS) of The Methodist Church in Singapore, The theme is “The Spirit of the Lord Came upon Me.” (Luke 4:18a). The GC – WSCS is hosting the event, which will be held at Hotel Royal.

There will be about 80 participants from 12 countries. All participants are elected leaders or potential leaders of their respective national women’s organisations.

The GC-WSCS will be represented by 20 participants. The speakers are: The Rev Kim Hea Sun, Executive Secretary of International Ministries, Women’s Division, GBGM, and Director of Global Women’s Leadership Center (Korea); the Rev Dr Yoo Yani, Associate Director for Programme of the Global Women’s Leadership Center (Korea); Ms Andris Salter, Assistant General Secretary of Membership and Organisational Development, Women’s Division, GBGM; Ms Emma Cantor, Regional Missionary, GBGM; Dr Oh Jong Nam, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American- Methodist Korean Women’s Mission Foundation in Korea; and Ms Park Jung Haek, a lawyer.

The Women’s Division of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church is the national policymaking body of the United Methodist Women. The United Methodist Women is an organisation of about 1 million members whose purpose is to foster spiritual growth, develop leaders and advocate for justice.

Its members raise about US$25 million (S$37.75 million) a year for programmes and projects related to women, children and youth in the US and in more than 100 countries.