February 26, 2024 8:51 pm

March is “Women’s ‘Herstory’ Month,” and the theme for 2024 is “Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.” This theme captures the essence of BUMC’s Wash More Feet mission statement: “Our faith is deeply rooted in the Methodist tradition of social justice, and we support the inclusion of all in every aspect of the life of the church. We are socially, politically, and theologically diverse, yet we are one in the body of Christ.” A very small sampling of women who have advocated for equity, diversity, and inclusion includes Catherine Booth, co-founder of The Salvation Army alongside her husband William Booth; Susanna Wesley, known as the Mother of Methodism because her two sons, John and Charles Wesley, applied the example and teachings of their home life to the founding of the Methodist church; and Amanda Gorman, the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate, who focuses her work on issues of oppression, feminism, race, marginalization, and the African diaspora.