Bev Jullien to speak on MULOA

Bev Jullien to speak on MULOA

14th October, 11am

“I am so looking forward to coming to St Georges on 14th October and meeting you all,” says Bev Jullien, chief executive of Mothers’ Union, who will be speaking during the 11am service, laying out the plans and hopes for the organisation up to 2020.

Here she describes her “unusual journey” into Mothers’ Union: “For most of my career, I worked in the pharmaceutical industry. I always knew that one day I wanted to move into working with a charity.”

“A few years ago, I was given the wonderful opportunity of being seconded into the British Olympic Association to set up partnerships between industry and sports, helping them to professionalise their ways of working in the build-up to the 2012 Olympics.”

“Whilst there, I was invited to go and work as deputy vice chancellor of a university, which focussed on enabling people from disadvantaged backgrounds to build professional careers.”

“One day, someone said, ‘What about Mothers’ Union?’ I held a stereotypical view of Mothers’ Union of old ladies meeting together and drinking cups of tea. I also wondered what someone like me could offer to them. I decided to find out more and was amazed!”

“Yes, like many longstanding organisations, in places it needed a good spring clean, but the scope of the work of members across the world was truly humbling – and it seemed that maybe my industry skills could be of some use with that spring clean.”

“Now, after three years, I am more and more inspired by what I see, as our members, quietly and without fuss, step out in faith to listen to what is really needed around them, and then do something about it.”

To mark her third anniversary with Mothers’ Union, Bev took part in a 100-mile charity bike ride (pictured above). She succeeded in raising enough money to train 100 volunteers to teach transformational literacy and numeracy in Ethiopia. This is just one example of how Mothers’ Union works today.

The work of Mothers’ Union includes:

  • challenging domestic violence
  • embracing difference in relationships
  • building community cohesion
  • helping refugees
  • connecting with church and community (health education, supporting the elderly and children, visiting prisons, etc)
  • enabling sustainable transformation by partnering with programmes overseas in community development of all kinds: economic, relational, personal and spiritual.

Mothers’ Union is currently undertaking a strategy-building and envisioning process. As implied by the name MULOA, which stands for Mothers’ Union Listens Observes Acts, the process is built on three principles:

LISTENING

  • to God
  • to each other
  • to the marginalised
  • to learning from others
  • creating a safe space

OBSERVING

  • identifying and celebrating what we have
  • looking to the future

ACTING

  • taking responsibility
  • feeding back honestly

This process is designed to enable all 600 dioceses in which Mothers’ Union works globally to listen to each other, to the people they serve and to partners, in order to co-create the future together.

Ahead of the service, it would be helpful to think of a story of outreach and reflect on the following questions:

  • Who do we serve?
  • Who is left out?
  • What do we do best?
  • What is unique about what we do?
  • Who or what helps or hinders us?
  • How can we overcome challenges and build on strengths?

At St George’s, Nkechi serves as Branch President, Esther as Secretary and Brenda as Treasurer. It is hoped that they can be officially commissioned in 2019 when the Mothers’ Union Diocesan President Tonie Chandler can be present.

For more information on MULOA go the website https://muenterprises.org/europe/ where Revd Deborah Chapman posts monthly reflections.

Pictured: Church of England chaplains (including Revd Deborah Chapman, centre) gathered at Hayes Conference Centre in Swanwick, England, in early 2018 to discuss future directions for MULOA.

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