Norwich links to historic Mothers' Union president
This week, for the first time, the Mothers’ Union elected a Worldwide President from outside of Britain, voting for Sheran Harper from Guyana who has worked closely, in the past, with the Mothers’ Union Diocese of Norwich.
The Mothers’ Union Diocese of Norwich is delighted that Sheran Harper has been elected as the first ever Worldwide President from outside the British Isles. Sheran, who had been the Diocesan President of Guyana, has links to the Mothers’ Union Diocese of Norwich.
The diocesan branches of the Mothers’ Union in Norwich and Guyana were linked together in the Mothers’ Union Wave of Prayer initiative until 2016. The Wave of Prayer encourages members to pray for each other around the world. Eunice Norwood from Mothers’ Union Diocese of Norwich explains: “Sheran was in regular correspondence with our Trustees and still looks out for us at conferences to exchange information on both dioceses.”
A record number of Mothers’ Union leaders from across the globe voted for Sheran Harper to represent and lead the 142 year old movement’s four million members in 84 countries.
Sheran said: “I am delighted to accept the role of Worldwide President for the new triennium. I feel very excited and privileged and I extend my heartfelt gratitude to our members who voted to make this dream a reality,” says Mrs Harper, who will take up her new position in January 2019.
“Mothers’ Union is as relevant today as it was 142 years ago as the call to support families globally is now even greater. We are working alongside governments and other organisations in tackling issues which affect families wherever they are. In remote areas, where there is no access to social services, it is often Mothers’ Union that is leading the way.”
Bev Jullien, Mothers’ Union Chief Executive said: “We are extremely excited with the results. Not only will Sheran bring her global expertise, but we have a Board that is rich in diversity with eight different nationalities and also for the first time the Trustee Board includes a man.”