United Women in Faith

Spiritual growth, leadership development, transformative education, and service and advocacy

About United Women in Faith (UWF)

United Women in Faith (formerly known as United Methodist Women or UMW) is the only official organization for women within the United Methodist Church (UMC). Founded in 1869, it is “the largest denominational faith organization for women with approximately 800,000 members”. UWF offers all women opportunities for spiritual growth, leadership development, transformative education and service and advocacy. Its current advocacy priorities are climate justice, economic inequality, maternal and child health, and ending criminalization of communities of color and mass incarceration. At First UMC, UWF is focusing on Maternal Health.

United Women in Faith (UWF)

For almost 150 years, United Women in Faith (formerly United Methodist Women or UMW) members have been in mission to women, children, and youth down the street and around the world.

The Purpose of United Women in Faith states that:

The organized unit of United Women in Faith shall be a community of women whose Purpose is to know God, to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ, to develop a creative, supportive fellowship, and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.

Membership is open to any woman who indicates her desire to belong and to commit herself to the Purpose.

At FUMC Austin, United Women in Faith members gather on a regular basis and are involved in a variety of mission projects. We:

  • Provide dinner once or twice a year for students at the Wesley Foundation at UT
  • Conduct mission studies
  • Participate in the Reading Program
  • Sponsor a cookie-decorating table at First Church’s annual community Easter egg hunt
  • Participate in the annual Texas UMW Legislative Event
  • Develop and support other ministries as needed

Members gather from time to time in a unit meeting. Much of the creative, supportive fellowship of United Women in Faith happens in monthly circle (subgroup) meetings. 

United Women in Faith support mission through regular, voluntary giving. Until we have the capability to receive contributions online, please mail your mission gifts to Unit Treasurer, Caroline Jones (8100 Marble Ridge Dr, Austin, TX 78747).

If you’d like to learn more about the work of United Women in Faith, about becoming a part of this fellowship yourself, or about starting a new circle or new ministry, please contact Patricia Kenrick, UWF president, at


The First UMW unit officers are: