Liberia Annual Conference
The United Methodist Church
Message For International Women’s Month
Rev. Dr. Samuel J. Quire, Jr., Resident Bishop
Liberia Area/The United Methodist Church
My brothers and sisters in Christ:
Grace and peace to you from the Liberia Episcopal Area.
As we commemorate this year’s International Women’s Day, it is very important for the Church to recognize the many sacrifices and contributions women have made and continue to make to the Church, Society, and the worldwide community.
I am deeply grateful to our mothers, aunts, wives, sisters and daughters for their inspiration and hard work to move our Church forward.
We know there are many discriminatory practices in our society against women. We need to genuinely work to remove all barriers so that we can have a more inclusive and prosperous society.
Women are important to the family. Women care for, nurture, and work hard for children to become successful and responsible citizens. In our Churches and Districts, the most vibrant organizations are women’s organizations.
As a Church, we should be the example of inclusiveness. The United Methodist Church will continue to support and empower women. I urge us all to eliminate those vices that have created divisions in our society.
I am therefore dedicating the Month of March to all women, and calling on all United Methodists in the Liberia Episcopal Area to commence all celebrations in our schools, Churches and Districts, and end on/before March 31, 2017.
In every United Methodist learning institution, I am directing that appropriate school-wide assemblies and/or devotions are held to discuss and highlight the work and achievements of women in our society with the focus on what students, parents, school administrators, and others must do to be respectful and appreciative of women.
Celebrating is only a first step, but we should create the conducive environments that will perpetuate the supportive setting for girls and women to thrive- free from all forms of harassment such as sexual favors, coercion to do favors that are not acceptable in Christian settings.
Churches should engage in worship services through teaching and preaching for all United Methodists to know, understand, and feel that our collective responsibility to women is not lip service. We need our clergy to foster, support and lead our congregations in ways that demonstrate to our mothers, aunts, wives, sisters, and daughters they are partners in everything we do.
We recall the faithful witness of Sarah, Rebecca, Hannah, and Mary of the Bible, as well as, the historic women such as Susannah Wesley and others, who led the struggle for social justice in Liberia and around the world.
Fellow United Methodists, our dedication of the month of March to women should be a new beginning that is manifested not only by words, but commitment to all girls and women throughout the Liberia Episcopal Area.
United together for a common purpose, we will together overcome barriers that our women are facing today.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Dr. Samuel J. Quire, Jr.
Resident Bishop, Liberia Area The United Methodist Church
Cc: District Superintendents
President, United Methodist University
Chairman, General Board of Education and Ministry
Director of Education
Director of Communication