The public is invited to hear Katherine Parker, missionary with the ecumenical United Mission to Nepal, when she speaks twice at Community United Methodist Church in Cedaredge Sunday, May 5. Parker will speak during that morning's 10 a.m. worship service and again at about 11:30 a.m. following an 11 a.m. potluck lunch at the church to which all are invited.
That evening at 5:30 p.m., she will speak at the Delta United Methodist Church on the topic of human trafficking.
Parker serves on the health team of the mission working with adolescent empowerment, including menstrual hygiene and sexual reproductive health and rights; maternal and child health; and with a program called WASH, which stands for water, sanitation and hygiene.
The United Mission to Nepal, founded in 1954, works for community transformation in five areas: education, health, hospitals, peace building and sustainable livelihoods. Parker, a missionary commissioned through the United Methodist Church, has worked in three remote villages in western Nepal since 2013. She is passionate about engaging community groups in participatory research about their environment and in a process of identifying and linking values to action. She believes that through telling the stories of their lives, and exploring stories of faith, people are better able to articulate their shared values so they can engage in collective action across cultural and other divisive barriers.
Parker has been a missionary since 2007. Before serving in Nepal, she was in Cambodia with the Community Health and Agricultural Development Program of the Methodist mission there. She was a mission intern with the United Methodist Church from 2000-2003 serving 18 months each with the Asian Rural Institute in Japan and Practical Farmers of Iowa. A native of California, Parker is the fifth generation in her family to serve through the Methodist/United Methodist Church. She holds bachelors and masters degrees in biology from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California, and California State University in Sacramento, respectively. Her masters thesis was on bacterial contamination of drinking water in rural Ghana.
Community United Methodist Church is at the corner of NW 3rd Street and Aspen Avenue in Cedaredge. For information, contact Pamela Gubkin weekday mornings at Community United Methodist Church at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-856-3696.