UMFA Grant Allows First-Time Attendees to Experience Mission u at No Cost

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (March 23, 2016) – The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas recently made an $8,000 grant to Mission u for first-time attendee scholarships.  Mission u is an annual UMW-sponsored opportunity to study current issues impacting society with particular attention to the responsibilities of women in fulfilling the mission work of the church.  

We are appreciative of the grant from the Foundation,” said Mission u Dean Rosemary Kirby of First UMC, Sardis. “We hope to have a record number of women, men, children and youth from throughout the state come together for learning and fellowship.”  

This year’s session July 27-30 at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville focuses on Latin America, Climate Justice and, The Bible and Human Sexuality. The children’s study is God’s Extravagant Garden and the youth study is Joining Voices for Climate Justice. For a scholarship application, go to by June 27. To register, visit the same site by July 10.  

“Mission u participants grow in understanding the mission of the church in the current world context,” said Jim Argue, Jr., UMFA President and CEO. “We are excited about the opportunity to give those who have never experienced Mission u the opportunity to attend at no cost.”  

The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas manages $131 million in endowment funds and other charitable assets that benefit local churches and other United Methodist ministries. UMFA is one of the largest United Methodist Foundations in the country. Founded in 1963, UMFA is responsible for over 750 funds that support United Methodist ministries.