United Methodist Women

Reading Plan

Encouraging women to think critically about current issues through an annual selection of member-reviewed books.

For 140 years, United Methodist Women have been involved in mission that includes prayer, study and action. The Reading Program is a study opportunity, but it should also lead to action. The purpose of the program is to encourage United Methodist Women members to:

  • Expand understanding of and participation in God’s mission.
  • Increase sensitivity to all human beings—their needs, interests and concerns.
  • Encourage critical thinking about issues facing humanity today.
  • Grow in understanding of Scripture as it relates to Christian faith in contemporary life.
  • Enhance self-knowledge and act from that knowledge.
  • Strengthen involvement in local and global Christian mission.

2018 Reading Program

The list of 2018 books for the United Methodist Women’s Reading Program is now available online. Click to join the morning or evening book club groups that meet at church.

The 2018 list includes 50 Women Every Christian Should Know by Michelle DeRusha and The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu.

Mission Studies

Each year United Methodist Women focus on certain areas of study. You will see books on the Reading Program that highlight and expand on those subjects.

The areas of study for 2018 are:

  • Spiritual Growth: Embracing Wholeness
  • Issue Study: What About Our Money
  • Geographic: The Missionary Conferences of the U.S.
  • Children’s Study: Money Matters
  • Youth Study: Is It Just Money?

Follow along with the mission studies of the UMW reading plan with others – find a circle to join!