"Towards an Inclusive Church" Conference

This one-day event is 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.  

The conference, held at St. Andrew UMC on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 8:30am to 4:30pm, will offer "focused conversations" on topics such as racism, homosexuality, church schism, the Commission on a Way Forward, the Wesleyan Covenant Association, the United Methodist Discipline, reconciling congregations, and the future of United Methodist seminaries. 

Conference cost is $20 per person, including lunch. 

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Multiple focused conversations will be offered. All will be available twice, except the seminary conversation led by Dr. Thomas Wolfe which will only take place in the morning. Please choose a session for morning and afternoon.  

Focused conversations - Morning Session

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Understanding UM Discipline & Judicial Council—Richard Marsh. Examining the provisions of the United Methodist Discipline and decisions of the Judicial Council regarding homosexuality.
Commission on a Way Forward—Janet Forbes & Brad Laurvick. Understanding the Commission on a Way Forward process and how its recommendations will impact the future of United Methodism.
The Bible: Inclusion and Same Gender Relationships—Harvey Martz. Focusing on how we understand the Bible as we look at passages on same gender behavior and inclusiveness.
Unfinished Task of Dismantling Racism—Gilbert H. Caldwell. Doing what we have not yet done to dismantle racism in church and society.
United Methodism: Is Schism Inevitable?—Don Messer & Charles Schuster. Exploring how United Methodism’s history, theology and polity have contributed to pushing the church to the precipice of schism.
Why Reconciling Congregations?—Jamie Nieves. Seeking to help churches understand why some become reconciling congregations and how this happens.
Understanding the Wesleyan Covenant Association - Paul Kottke, Randy Jessen, Bob Kaylor. Looking at what Wesleyan revivalism could look like as well as a realistic review of what may happen in our church.
Future of Seminaries—Thomas Wolfe. (Offered just once in the morning.) What is the role of United Methodist seminaries as the church faces disunity and possibly division?
Focused conversations - Afternoon Session

Please indicate your choice for the afternoon session.

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Understanding UM Discipline & Judicial Council—Richard Marsh. Examining the provisions of the United Methodist Discipline and decisions of the Judicial Council regarding homosexuality.
Commission on a Way Forward—Janet Forbes & Brad Laurvick. Understanding the Commission on a Way Forward process and how its recommendations will impact the future of United Methodism.
The Bible: Inclusion and Same Gender Relationships—Harvey Martz. Focusing on how we understand the Bible as we look at passages on same gender behavior and inclusiveness.
Unfinished Task of Dismantling Racism—Gilbert H. Caldwell. Doing what we have not yet done to dismantle racism in church and society.
United Methodism: Is Schism Inevitable?—Don Messer & Charles Schuster. Exploring how United Methodism’s history, theology and polity have contributed to pushing the church to the precipice of schism.
Why Reconciling Congregations?—Jamie Nieves. Seeking to help churches understand why some become reconciling congregations and how this happens.
Understanding the Wesleyan Covenant Association - Paul Kottke, Randy Jessen, Bob Kaylor. Looking at what Wesleyan revivalism could look like as well as a realistic review of what may happen in our church.
*Registration fee ($20)

Registrations cancelled by Nov. 7 will be eligible for a full refund.  Due to commitments we will have to make for meal counts, refunds will not be available after that date.

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