“The world’s greatest women’s group”
That is how the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, (pictured left with World Wide President, Lynne Tembey) described Mothers’ Union last week in his sermon in Winchester Cathedral.
More than 2,700 people gathered for two services of commemoration at the Cathedral in the city of Winchester, where Mothers’ Union was founded by Mary Sumner in 1876. Archbishop Justin described Mary Sumner as a prophetic voice and he paid tribute to the work of Mothers’ Union around the world. He went on to say “The Mothers’ Union campaigns excellently, it nurtures wonderfully, but above all and beneath all, it prays – thank God.”
Mothers’ Union Chief Executive, Beverley Jullien, said that the organisation is alive. It is very different compared to Mary Sumner’s time, but it is thriving and it’s as meaningful as it was when it was founded.
Mothers’ Union, Diocese of Leeds, has 2,850 members (including an increasing number of men and clergy) across the five Episcopal Areas and supports Christian family life through prayer and action. Twenty-four members from the Diocese attended the service and the General Meeting including Diocesan President, Jean Thurman, Area Presidents, Elaine Swinhoe and Mary Thorpe and Cynthia Osborne, Campaigns Officer.