Women and Children

God unconditionally loves women and children of all nationalities, ethnicities, races, abilities, socio-economic statuses, gender identities and sexual orientations.

“We understand our gender diversity to be a gift from God, intended to add to the rich variety of human experience and perspective; and we guard against attitudes and traditions that would use this good gift to leave members of one sex more vulnerable in relationships than members of another.”

Jesus honored women and children throughout His ministry often challenging the laws and norms of his time. As Disciples of Christ, we are expected to do the same.

Women and children are made in the image of God, and that means that they must be valued as such. Rather than enhance the quality of life for us and our communities, women and children often have to:

  • navigate systems of oppression
  • mitigate harm being done to us, our children and the community
  • create and gather resources for survival, and
  • cope with trauma

Women and children often become vulnerable because of sexism, poverty, sexual and gender-based violence, war and conflict, climate change, and media portrayals and cultural beliefs that denigrate women and children.

The United Methodist Church, “affirm[s] with Scripture the common humanity of male and female, both having equal worth in the eyes of God.” (Social Principles, 161.F) Our work is grounded in a desire to cultivate a world in which women and children flourish and live abundant lives as our Creator intended.

Sacred Worth Books

It is critically important for a child’s self-worth to see others like themselves and their families in media. Children of color and girls are underrepresented in children’s books. That’s why we’ve created this list to help you find books that help every child in your family, congregation, school and community see themselves as valuable.

Click here for the Sacred Worth Books

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  • Two people read the Social Principles.
    Domestic Violence

    Domestic violence robs women, children and families of the dignity and life that God wants for each of us.

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    Human Trafficking

    We seek to provide pastoral care for individuals, while also working to end the supply and demand of trafficking.

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    Reproductive Health

    Policies that get in the way of our health are not part of God’s hopes and desires for us.

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    Education

    All children have the right to a quality education that utilizes the best educational techniques and insights.