United Women in Faith

United Women in Faith is the largest denominational faith organization for women with approximately 800,000 members whose mission is fostering spiritual growth, developing leaders and advocating for justice.
Members raise up to $20 million each year for programs and projects related to women, children and youth in the United States and in more than 100 countries around the world.
United Women in Faith and The United Methodist Church's principles and values include:
  • Promoting the empowerment of women, children and youth.
  • Promoting anti-racism and multiculturalism.
  • Promoting inclusion and equity.
  • Promoting fair labor practices.
  • Promoting economic and environmental stewardship and sustainability.

Click here to contact Donna Palmer and connect with United Women in Faith at First-Centenary

Click here to visit uwfaith.org


Mission U

July 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
July 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
at First-Centenary United Methodist Church

 Join us at Mission U as we explore what it means to draw closer to God and  one another.
Jesus told his followers the kin-dom was among them (Luke 17:21). What does  that mean? Who does Jesus say will inherit the kin-dom? How do we transform  ourselves and our communities in ways that bring us closer to the kin-dom and  the kin-dom closer to us? Dive into these questions and more at Mission u 2024  as we examine Scripture together and join in worship, fellowship, and action.  

Mission U 2024 offers three exciting curricula on this theme:
Adult — Welcome Home by Neomi Fletcher  
The adult curriculum uses the image of home to explore how living in close  proximity to the kin-dom is like making a home with God. Participants are  invited to develop practices for building healthy, welcoming communities as  a result of being anchored in the abiding love of God.  

Youth — Cultivating Symbiosis: The Nature of God’s Kin-dom by Nica Sy
In Creation, we see the power of symbiosis, or interdependent relationship.  The youth curriculum explores the idea of symbiosis between our relation ships with one another and our relationship with God. By drawing closer to  one another and our world, we draw closer to the kin-dom.
Children — Me in the Kin-dom by Kathy Cook
The children’s curriculum uses the Lord’s Prayer as a lens to help us see that  we are all members of the family of God. Children will begin to understand  that the kin-dom is living with Christ and one another on earth as in heaven.

Registration deadline: July 5th

Clergy Spend Day with Bishop on the Way to Ordination

May 20th

19 Holston clergy spent a day with Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett this week as they prepare for commissioning and ordination. Our own Caroline Archer is featured in this article.

Lori Sluder as Deaconess

April 29th at General Conference

On April 29th, Lori Sluder, a longtime United Women in Faith member and leader in Holston Conference, was consecrated to a lifetime of service as a deaconess and home missioner by Bishop Karen Oliveto in front of thousands of United Methodists attending General Conference. Lori was one of 26 persons consecrated early Monday morning, kicking off the second week of The United Methodist Church’s meeting in Charlotte Convention Center. Congratulations Lori! 

Chris Bowles Circle

Every 4th Tuesday, Starting March 26th, at 10:30 a.m. in the Morgan Classroom.

The Mary Martha and the Chris Bowles Circles of United Women in Faith have officially merged. The Circle’s next meeting will be at 10:30 AM, on Tuesday, March 26th, in the Morgan Classroom. We will fellowship, share light refreshment and review John Wesley’s approach to Bible Study.

Chris Bowles invested her life’s energies in her relationship with Christ and in her devotion to discipling others. Our circle bears her name to honor her memory and to be our reminder of her beautiful witness as we seek to deepen our Christian discipleship and to emulate her Christian servanthood. Please come prepared to share your ideas for our future Scripture and service adventures.

A membership list is available by request.
Martha Payne: mppayne66@gmail.com, text or call 423-316-0606
Sally Richardson: cavesallyr@gmail.com, text or call 423-785-7748

Join A Small Group

Women Like You Change The World

Put your talents, energy and ideas to work. You’ll find flexible opportunities for spiritual growth and ways to act for social justice, support your community, live your faith and enrich your life right here at First-Centenary United Women in Faith in our small groups/Circles.

What is United Women in Faith?

United Women in Faith is a faith-based membership organization of laywomen within
The United Methodist Church. We are organized for mission and our members are
committed to growing as disciples of Jesus Christ in community with other women and
building the lives of women, children and youth. United Women in Faith has been in
mission for 150 years.

What is the vision?

United Women in Faith is turning faith, hope and love into action on behalf of women,
children and youth in the world.

Who is a member?

Any woman who wants to belong to and participate in the global mission of the church
through United Women in Faith and who commits herself to the purpose can
become a member of United Women in Faith.

What is the purpose?

The organized unit of United Women in Faith shall be a community of women whose
purpose is to know God and 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.

Your 2024 Leadership Team is listed below. Please support and pray for them as they lead in the coming year.

  • President: Donna Palmer
  • Past President: Martha Payne
  • Secretary: Pat Strange
  • Treasurer: Sally Richardson
  • Nominations Committee Chair: Cheryl Powell
  • Nominations Committee: Jessica Johns, Jeannie Robinson
  • Local Church Responsibility: Dianne Lizarraga
Mission Coordinators:
  • Membership, Nuture, and Outreach: Denise Bell, Deborah Seke, Page Houseman
  • Social Action: Caroline Archer