Social Action


There are more than 100,000 members of United Methodist Women in Texas. At their annual legislative conference, UMW members from all six of Texas’ United Methodist Annual Conferences adopt a consensus legislative agenda reflecting their priority legislative concerns. United Methodist Women was established in 1869. United Methodist Women place particular emphasis on issues impacting the well-being of women, children and youth. Texas United Methodist Women affirm the dedication of every member of the Texas Legislature. We thank you for your service to our state and we look forward to thanking you for your good work in the 87th legislative session. The following represent our consensus legislative priorities for 2020: National UMW Priority Area: Economic Inequality Texas Legislative Priorities ● Increase funding for public education ● No tax subsidies to private schools National UMW Priority Area: Climate Justice Texas Legislative Priorities ● Mitigate climate change by advancing renewable energy and reducing support for and reliance on fossil fuels ● Maintain and enforce existing environmental regulations National UMW Priority Area: Criminalization of Communities of Color Texas Legislative Priorities ● Repeal SB4 and prohibit all forms of discriminatory enforcement including racial profiling ● Increase transparency and accountability in detention centers National UMW Priority Area: Maternal and Child Health Texas Legislative Priorities ● Expand Medicaid as provided under the Affordable Care Act ● Strengthen the existing Medicaid program by implementing 12-month continuous eligibility for children and 12-month postpartum coverage


Charter for Racial

Justice: Sing A Rainbow
“The School to Prison Pipeline”
February 16 th , 2019
Cogdell Memorial Methodist Church

Emily Jones, the United Methodist Women Executive for Racial Justice,

was our guest speaker for our Charter for Racial Justice Event. Emily explained the term “the school-to-prison pipeline” and how children and youth of color are being rerouted by
school systems and taken from educational success to the criminal justice system.

She shared links from school district reports and the data center for kids count which showed many factors that result in this pipeline. This included racial and
gender biases, excessive out of school suspensions and expulsions, zero tolerance
policies, and status offenses.

Emily presented a 75-90 minute workshop which 
included role plays, practice scenarios and a 30 minute Bible study, we did in groups at our tables. 
She spoke on structural injustices, racism and how to equip ourselves for action based
on Ephesians.
Wesley Kids from Wesley United Methodist Church in Waco, Texas opened our program after a short video from . We were also
Blessed again by the singing of Joi and Jocelyn Hobdy.

In the afternoon a speaker from
the Bill Logue Juvenile Detention Center in Waco, Texas shared with us how we may
be involved in their volunteer/mentoring program for youths on probation and help them
stay in school.

For more information on The School to Prison Pipeline

To access the School to Prison pipeline information in Spanish Download the translated document  here.



Not sure how to be a Charter for Racial Justice Unit?

First United Methodist Church of McGregor, King Memorial United Methodist Church, China Spring First United Methodist Church, and First United Methodist Church are the UMW to ask! They renewed their charters again for another year.

Check with your District President or District Social Action Coordinator for more information. They have a copy of the application in our 2019 Resource Book and pages 50-51 has the directions for application. You can also check out . The scenarios start on page 72 of the manual.



Susan Torpy


Social Action Coordinator


More resources are available on our Advocacy issue pages:  

   Human Trafficking
Global Migration
                                      Domestic Violence
                                  Climate Change
                                  Gender Justice
                                Racial Justice
                                    Economic Justice
                             Health Care
                              Food Justice




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