New Mothers' Union worldwide president appreciates Norwich prayers
11 October 2018
Mothers’ Union has made history this week in electing its first ever Worldwide President from outside the British Isles. A record number of Mothers’ Union leaders from across the globe voted for Mrs Sheran Harper, from Guyana, to represent and lead the movement’s four million members in 84 countries.
Mothers’ Union in the Dioceses of Norwich and Guyana were linked together through the Mothers’ Union Wave of Prayer initiative until 2016. “Sheran was in regular correspondence with our Trustees, still looks out for us at conferences and posts regular messages and prayers on our Facebook page,” explained Marguerite Phillips, current Diocesan President in Norwich. After the announcement of her election, Sheran wrote in an email: “Please can you ask your prayer team to keep me in their prayer diary? Norwich has such an awesome prayer team!”
Sheran was formerly Diocesan President of Guyana and until recently, she was the Worldwide Parenting Trainer where she rolled out Mothers’ Union Parenting programmes in 23 countries across the globe.
“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,” said Sheran, 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,” she said.
In addition, 11 Trustees have been elected from within 11 zones worldwide, five from the Provinces within Britain and Ireland and six from outside.
“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 includes a man,” said Mothers’ Union’s Chief Executive, Bev Jullien.