Liberia United Methodists Encouraged to Support Women

The Resident Bishop of the Liberia Episcopal Area, Rev. Dr. Samuel J. Quire, Jr is calling on all United Methodists in Liberia to be an example of inclusiveness in the execution of its programs and other activities that will include women. “The United Methodist Church should continue to support and empower women in all of its structure,” Quire said.

Bishop Samuel J. Quire, Jr and wife Richlain K. Quire
Bishop Samuel J. Quire, Jr and wife Richlain K. Quire

In an Episcopal Message dubbed Message For International Women’s Month, Bishop Quire has directed the entire church to dedicate the Month of March to all women, and called on all United Methodists in the Liberia Episcopal Area to commence all celebrations in their schools, Churches and Districts throughout March 2017. “Women are important to the family, Women care for, nurture, and work hard for children to become successful and responsible citizens,” he asserted. He also pointed out that in the Churches and Districts, the most vibrant organizations are women’s organizations, adding, “I urge us all to eliminate those vices that have created divisions in our society including those impacting the lives of women.” The United Methodist Bishop further pointed out that there are many discriminatory practices in the society against women.  “We need to genuinely work to remove all barriers so that we can have a more inclusive and prosperous society,” he cautioned

The episcopal leader has directed that appropriate school-wide assemblies and devotions be held to discuss and highlight the work and achievements of women in the society in every United Methodist learning institution. “Focus on what students, parents, school administrators, and others must do to be respectful and appreciative of the role of women,” Quire affirmed.

Though less than ninety days into office, Bishop Quire reminds the conference that celebration is only the first step. The church should create conducive environments that will perpetuate 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.

He urged churches to 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, adding “We need our clergy to foster, support and lead our congregations in ways that demonstrate to our mothers, aunts, wives, sisters, and daughters that they are partners in everything we do.”

(Link to Bishop Quire’s Episcopal announcement)

Reporting and photos by E. Julu Swen.
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Clergywomen at LAC-2017 (l-r) Revs. Nelly Wright, Clarrisa Robertson, Anna Kpaan, and Anna Tarr-Sayeh
Clergywomen at LAC-2017 (l-r) Revs. Nelly Wright, Clarrisa Robertson, Anna Kpaan, and Anna Tarr-Sayeh
Lay members at the 184 Annual Session of the LAC-UMC held in Ganta City, Nimba County, Liberia
Lay members at the 184 Annual Session of the LAC-UMC held in Ganta City, Nimba County, Liberia