COLUMBIA, Ky. -- It was a new name
but the same good work was done last week at Lindsey Wilson
For more than a decade, Mission U. -- formerly
known as School of Christian Mission for the Women's Division of
The United Methodist Church -- has held its annual four-day meeting
on LWC's A.P. White Campus.
Mission U. is an opportunity for people of faith to
learn about the historical implications of The United Methodist
Church as well as reflect on spiritual issues of the
Debbie Rowley, dean of the United Methodist Women
of Kentucky, has been involved with the group for more than 20
years and has served in many roles.
"I have helped offices in my local unit, the
district and conference levels," Rowley said. "I was the assistant
dean in 2011 and 2012, and I'm currently serving as the Dean of
Activities at Mission U. included children's study
(ages 6-11) and geographical and social issues studies for adults.
The all-encompassing nature of the program is designed to reach as
many groups as possible.
"United Methodist Women has been on a mission for
more than 140 years," Rowley said. "We are organized for mission,
and our members are committed to growing as disciples of Jesus
Christ in a community with other women and building the lives of
women, children and youth. Mission U. allows us to come together
and learn about the issues we face both locally and around the
Rowley noted that United Methodist women have often
led the way in several important areas.
"We have a history of being ahead of the pack when
identifying issues that impact communities such as immigration, the
political struggles in the Middle East, globalization and climate
change," she said.
Rowley said the LWC campus has played a role in the
program's success because the college has provided a home-like
atmosphere for comfortable study and reflection.
"We have been to other campuses, but Lindsey Wilson
College is so welcoming, beautiful and accessible," she said. "And
did I mention the meals are wonderful?"