KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The public is invited to join United Methodist Women from the Kansas City Metro Area on Saturday, May 3 to learn more about maternal health on a local and global scale.
Every two minutes a woman or girl somewhere in the world dies from complications during pregnancy or childbirth. Nearly all of these women live in places where poverty exists and health care is inaccessible. Learn how we can work together to help create a world where this moral tragedy is dealt with through education, empowerment and mobilization.
Saturday’s program will be held at St. James United Methodist Church, 5540 Wayne, Kansas City, Mo. The Difference Makers, United Methodist Women from St. James United Methodist Church and The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, are hosting this event for persons of all faiths.
There will be coffee and a light breakfast during gathering time from 9:30-10 a.m. The featured speaker is Katey Zeh, executive director of the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society Healthy Families, Healthy Planet initiative. She was recently included among the top 14 faith leaders to watch by the Faith & Progressive Policy Initiative of the Center for American Progress (CAP). According to CAP, Zeh is an “emerging thinker and organizer around global maternal health and issues of reproductive justice in a faith-based context ... using her theological training and policy expertise to decry unfair policies that hurt women and to life up the stories of those affected.”
Included in the program is an informal panel discussion and dialogue, which will begin at 10 a.m., followed by action steps and sharing of resources that will focus on ways to change systems and remove barriers that prevent women from achieving healthy pregnancies and birth.
Registration, while preferred, is not necessary.