Rene Wilbur greets guests at the UMW 150th Birthday Celebration March 23, 2019 - 150 years to the day after the first meeting in Boston.
Boston University School of Theology Dean Mary Elizabeth Moore (right) and Rene Wilbur.
Betty Shippee, New England Conference UMW president (right).
Thomas Kemper, General Secretary of General Board of Global Ministries, which includes the UMW.
From left, Rev. Elizabeth Bachelder Smith and Rev. Jill Colley Robinson lead the opening worship.
Rev. Pat Thompson, NEAC historian, did presentations on the founding of the UMW and mission in Boston.
Performing the skit "That Handful of Women" are Marie MacDougall and Roxie Pin.
Dr. Dana L. Robert, BUSTH, spoke on the founding women and their relationship to Methodism in New England.
Leeda Marsh coordinated the celebration. She gave a presentation on Tremont Street Church and the stained glass windows honoring the founders of the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society.
From the skit "With Stethoscope and Blackboard" portraying the first missionaries: teacher Isabella Thoburn and Dr. Clara Swain.
New England Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar
UMW General Secretary and CEO Harriett Jane Olson.
Prayer shawls were given to some of the day's presenters.
Mary and Maurice Cottman, members of New Hope Baptist, formerly Tremont Street Church. They were instrumental in preserving the windows that are now housed at BU School of Theology.
Rev. Pat Thompson and Boston University School of Theology Dean Mary Elizabeth Moore at the dedication of the Tremont Street Church windows.
Stained glass windows from Tremont Street Church, where the women who would found the WFMS first gathered, honoring the women and the WFMS.
Window honoring missionary Isabella Thoburn was donated by alumnae of the college she founded in India.
The window honoring the Rev. Dr. William and Clementina Rowe Butler features the Taj Mahal.
These windows list the names of the founding women.
A dedication of the founders' windows was held on March 21, 2019 at Boston University School of Theology.
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