WI Conference ENews: Asian Heritage Month, Baraboo Talks, 2020 State of the Church, UMW Newsletter

Conference News



Pray and Act with the Hmong Community

In the month of May, which is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, you are invited to lift up prayers that are offered by the three caucuses among us: Hmong, Korean, and Asian Caucuses. You may use it in corporate worship or share it with others so that they can use it in their personal prayer time. This week’s prayer is written by Rev. Jay Xiong, chairperson of our Hmong Caucus.

Rev. Jay Xiong provides a prayer and AAPI clergy speak out #StopAsianHate.

Baraboo Talks: Uncovering Anti-Asian Racism and Xenophobia

In response to the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes in the U.S. and in commemoration of May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, a free virtual Baraboo Talks event will take place over Zoom on Thursday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m. The event’s keynote speaker will be Hee-Soo Jung, Bishop of the Wisconsin Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Bishop Jung will speak about Uncovering Anti-Asian Racism and Xenophobia. Read More

2020 State of the Church Report: Blessed is the Church

Nashville: The United Methodist Church has continued to carry out its mission despite the unique challenges and uncertainties of 2020. That’s according to the new 2020 State of the Church Report produced by the Connectional Table and United Methodist Communications, themed “Blessed is the Church.”  Read More


UMCOR's Response to Covid-19 

The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected health systems globally, crippling service delivery in both high and low-resource countries.  Global Ministries is again promoting its UMCOR COVID-19 Response Fund (Advance #3022612) to allow those throughout the church to share in this outreach. Gifts can be made online at https://umcmission.org/advance-project/3022612/ or sent by mail to Global Ministries/UMCOR, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087-9068. (“Advance #3022612” should be written on the memo line.)  Read More  Donate Now

Wisconsin Council of Churches Covid-19 Vaccine Outreach
The Wisconsin Council of Churches (WCC) has entered into partnership with the State of Wisconsin to address barriers to COVID-19 vaccination through a community outreach program focused on all people who interact directly or indirectly with a church or faith-based nonprofit in our network, with particular attention given to marginalized and rural communities. In particular, the project aims to reduce barriers in information, access and hesitancy. Read More


Methodist Federation for Social Action Gathering
The Methodist Federation for Social Action – Wisconsin Chapter is inviting you to a Zoom gathering on June 17th at 7 p.m.  The guest speaker will be Dan Schwerin, first elected clergy in Wisconsin's current General and Jurisdictional Conferences Delegation and lead pastor at Waukesha First UMC.  Read More


United Methodist Women Program Advisory Group Hold First Meeting of 2021-2024 Quadrennium

The 2021-2024 United Methodist Women Program Advisory Group gathered via Zoom for its first annual meeting March 11-13, 2021. This global gathering included national director Heidi Careaga representing the Wisconsin conference. The group members met for orientation and preparing for their work throughout the next four years. Read More

Mission News & Information

#Stillinmission -  Meet the Missionaries, May 27th

Despite the pandemic, United Methodist missionaries remain deeply engaged in work around the world.  Covid-19 has put a stop to most travel but that doesn't mean the missionaries aren't available to meet virtually!  Join them on Zoom on May 27th.  Registration is required.  Read More

Other Resources

Seeking to Become an Antiracist Church?
The Lakelands Institute is offering a new study for churches, small groups, Sunday school classes, and committees.  In seeking to build an antiracist church, words are important, and what we mean when we use them matters even more.

Join Rev. Neal Christie for a fascinating exploration of words and concepts that define and shape our work together. Hold conversations around words like: Bias, Inclusion, Race, Anti-Oppression, Polarization...along with many other words we use to better follow Jesus's commandment to "love your neighbor as yourself."  Read More