UCWF wrapped up 9th regional conference

BY MAVIS N PODOKOLO

The United Church Women’s Fellowship (UCWF) of the Eastern Islands Region recently concluded its 9th regional conference with great success.

The conference took place at the compound of Wesly United Church and brought together members from across the region for a time of fellowship and collaboration.

Led by Regional President Venina Bird, the event saw participation from seven circuits spanning the Eastern Islands Region, including Guadalcanal, Marovo, Honiara, Emac, Kongukolo, Rendova, and Roviana circuits.

“The primary objective of the conference was to foster unity among women leaders across the New Georgia and Eastern Islands Region, facilitating collaborative decision-making and resolution-building for the advancement of UCWF and its members,” she said.

Bird emphasized the significance of empowering women leaders through life skills training and informative sessions on relevant topics.

One notable aspect of the gathering was its inclusivity, providing a platform for United Church Ministers’ wives (Maramas) to actively participate in church decision-making processes, she stated.

Bird highlighted the necessity of such gatherings, given the often-marginalized role of women in decision-making bodies.

Under the theme “The Gospel that Empowers Women in Leadership,” inspired by Luke 1:46-56, the conference underscored the transformative power of gospel messages for women, drawing parallels from the narratives of Mary and Elizabeth.

Looking ahead, Bird rallied all UCWF members across the four regions to sustain their collaborative efforts, emphasizing the progress made and the importance of upholding the dignity of women within the church.

The successful conclusion of the 9th UCWF regional conference sets the stage for the upcoming 10th conference, slated to take place in 2026 at the Marovo circuit.

“As UCWF continues to gather momentum, it reinforces the pivotal role of women in leadership within the church, promising a future marked by unity, empowerment, and progress,” she said.

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