Laity and clergy are invited to participate in a special conference Nov. 14 focused on “Toward An Inclusive Church” with Bishop Charlene Kammerer as our keynote speaker and Bishop Karen Oliveto preaching the closing worship. Sponsored by the Association of Retired Clergy (ARC).
Register for two of the eight “focused conversations” of your choice. Details of the workshops and the leaders are included in the registration information. Cost is $20. Register here.
Six United Methodist bishops to speak on church unity and inclusiveness.
Scheduled to share their visions via short videos are:
Baltimore-Washington Area Bishop LaTrelle Easterling,
Iowa Area Bishop Laurie Haller,
Wisconsin Area Bishop Hee-Soo Jung, and
Northern Illinois Bishop Sally Dyck.
Preaching the closing worship will be the spiritual leader of the Mountain Sky Area, Bishop Karen Oliveto.
Conference co-chairs, Dr. Donald E. Messer and Dr. Harvey Martz, indicated the one-day seminar was “Designed to encourage dialogue among United Methodists on how to attain Christian unity without sacrificing God’s inclusive love in Jesus Christ for all people. We hope laity and clergy can find answers to their questions about a variety of topics, ranging from dismantling racism, avoiding church schism, becoming reconciling congregations to understanding the Bible and same-sex relationships.
The conference will offer eight “focused conversations” on topics such as racism, homosexuality, church schism, the Way Forward Commission, the Wesleyan Covenant Association, the United Methodist Discipline, reconciling congregations, and the future of United Methodist seminaries. Leadership will be provided by Rev. Gil Caldwell, Dr. Harvey Martz, Dr. Don Messer, Dr. Charles Schuster, Dr. Janet Forbes, Rev. Brad Laurvick, Rev. Paul Kottke, Richard Marsh, Rev. Jamie Nieves, and Dr. Thomas Wolfe.
Hosted by senior pastor, Rev. Mark Feldmeir
Conference cost will be $20 per person, including lunch.