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More than 200 women from around the country will prepare for bold, faith-based justice action at “Interrupting Indifference: Jesus, Justice and Joy,” the quadrennial United Methodist Women National Seminar in Chicago, July 29 to Aug. 2. Workshops, site visits and joint actions with Chicago-area groups will equip participants with skills to effect change in their home communities.

The event will include workshops on spiritually anchored activism, climate justice, maternal and child health, economic justice, racial justice, mass incarceration and police brutality, organizing skills and more.

Participants will also join Chicago-area groups in site visits and actions:

•   July 31, 7-9 p.m. —Town Hall Meeting Action

Mass Incarceration and Criminal Justice Reform

University of Illinois, Room: Illinois AB, 750 South Halsted, Chicago

Panelists will include: United Methodist Bishop Sally Dyck; Page May of the         Village Leadership Academy/We Charge Genocide; Charlene Caruthers, Black       Youth Project 100; Lissette Castillo Vizcarra, Chicago Religious Leadership      Network on Latin America.

•   Aug.1 10:30 am-noon—Site Visit on Income inequality

UE Union Hall, 37 S. Ashland, Chicago

Participants will meet with members of Latino Union of Chicago/Chicago

Coalition of Household Workers, a part of the National Domestic Workers     Alliance, to explore how faith communities can support low-wage workers’           struggle for dignity, sick days and higher wages.

•   Aug. 1, 1:30-3:30 p.m. — Public Accountability Action on

Police Brutality and Mass Incarceration

Hartzell United Methodist Church, 3330 South King Drive, Chicago

Participants include: The Community Renewal Society, United Methodist         Women, United Methodists of the Northern Illinois Conference and community           organizations will address public concerns on policing and jails in Chicago.

Participants will also visit the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization to experience a sustainable community that promotes healthy development.

Celebrating 150 years in mission, United Methodist Women is an 800,000-member organization of women committed to putting faith, hope and love into action. Members raise more than $15 million annually to support ministries empowering women, children and youth. Its programs foster spiritual growth, leadership development, justice and peace.

Contact: Yvette Moore 212-870-3822/347-743-7027 ymoore@unitedmethodistwomen.org;

http://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/national-seminar

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