Over 6,000 United Methodist Women attended the 2018 United Methodist Women Assembly in Columbus, OH from May 18-20. The theme was “The Power of Bold.” 90 Women of Wisconsin attended. Ruby Dow called it, “a wonderful weekend with inspirational worship services.” Keynote speakers were Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Prize winner from Liberia; Michelle Alexander, author of “The New Jim Crow”; and Marian Wright Edelman, Children’s Defense Fund.

The Columbus Dispatch covered the event in the article “Methodist women from around the globe descend on Columbus, hoping to leave lasting impact.” The article discussed the goals of the Assembly, saying, “Most of all, the assembly attendees want to leave Columbus — and the other cities where it hosts its gatherings every four years — with tools that it didn’t have before to help the community and to spur local churches to continue the cause. In Columbus, the women joined community leaders on Monday to relaunch the Poor People’s Campaign in Ohio by rallying on the Statehouse steps and calling for lawmakers to work to end poverty and racism. The rally was held almost 50 years to the day after the original Poor People’s Campaign marched on Washington. On Thursday afternoon, the group rallied again at the Statehouse with other organizations to implore the legislature to pass Ohio’s Living Wage bill. They also spent the day volunteering throughout the city.”