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On Thursday, 1 July, in Acapulco, The Moderator’s Global Justice Team, Ecumenical/Inter-religious Team, and Theologies Team coordinated the day’s programming for General Conference. Entitled, “Imagine a World of Justice: Reflecting Theologically, Cooperatively and Actively,” this day will engage participants in holy conversation about a number of different justice-related topics affecting the world, and MCC’s work in the world. You don’t want to miss being a part of this dialogue!
Just some of the workshops are:
Holy Conversations: What’s Theology got to do with Justice
How to Engage in Ecumenical Ministry
Faith Media Action in a Sound Byte World (GLAAD)
Public Policy: The Church and Advocacy in Public Life
Organizing for Justice on the African Continent
Music and Global Justice
AIDS and the Global Response
Working for Justice in the Asian Context.
ECUMENICAL AND INTER-RELIGIOUS TEAM
Stan Kimer, Chair [email protected]
A new major initiative we are launching in 2010 is building the extended MCC Ecumenical and Inter-religious network. We will be collecting the names of all MCC clergy and lay leaders who are representing MCC in various ecumenical and inter-religious bodies at the global, regional, national, provincial/state and local levels. We then can communicate with all MCCers engaged in ecumenical and inter-religious work on a quarterly basis and provide helpful materials and resources. If you want to make sure we have information on what you are involved in please send your name, contact information and body involved in to John McLaughlin at [email protected].
As part of the Moderator’s Teams day at General Conference, the Ecumenical and Inter-religious team will offer two workshops around how to engaged in MCC’s ecumenical and inter-religious ministries, and a panel featuring people from several nations involved in doing justice work through ecumenical and inter-religious connections.
Click here to learn more about MCC’s ecumenical and inter-religious work, resources and team members.
THE GLOBAL JUSTICE TEAM
Rev. Pat Bumgardner, Chair [email protected]
Rev. Pat Bumgardner accompanied Rev. Elder Diane Fisher on a trip to South Africa where they worked with MCCers from across the continent and began the steps to create an NGO for continued justice ministry there.
She also participated with Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson in the Walk for Tolerance, the first-ever public HIV/AIDS march in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Other MCC leaders present were Rev. Jim Birkitt, Rev. Michael Diaz, and Rev. Robert Griffin. The goal of the walk, which drew 150 participants, was to engender goodwill, support, and tolerance for persons living with HIV and AIDS. Members of the MCC delegation were quoted in or appeared on 11radio, TV, and print media outlets in Jamaica, as well as in the UK.
The folks and churches in MCC gave over $33,000 (USD) to assist the people of Haiti following the earthquake there.
Work continues on the same-sex marriage issue, especially in the United States, as well as in many countries around the world.
Rev. Dr. Kharma Amos, Chair [email protected]
At General Conference The Theologies Team we will be unveiling a new local church resource, “Holy Conversations”, which will support local churches in facilitating theological dialogue on a number of topics in a safe and mutually respectful environment that helps to build up the whole church.
Here is the workshop description launching this resource: Do you want to find ways to have safe and productive conversations about theology in your local church? Do you long to engage the theological diversity of members of your community to create opportunities for mutual growth and encouragement? The Moderator’s Theologies Team invites you to this workshop where they will present a new Local Church Resource produced by the team which you can use to talk about such things as: baptism, sexuality and spirituality, justice, ministry (lay and clergy), Jesus and many additional topics.
Of course, Holy Conversations will be available to all churches, whether or not you can attend the premier in Acapulco.
11 May 2010
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I am writing to ask you to hold two very important days in your prayers and hearts this week:
National HIV Vaccine Awareness Day- 18 May 2010
1. Please consider sharing this information with your email lists, on Facebook, on Twitter. You have the greatest power to make change in the hearts and minds of the people with whom you share committed and regular relationships.
MCC Business Meeting Packets are NOW Available!
Click here to review the announcement and the business meeting packet.
MCC Structure Review
Click here to review the latest updates to the MCC Structure Review Proposal.
It’s Not Too Late to Sign Up for MCC’s Newest WEBINAR!
Board of Director Training – Best Practices of Effective Boards
Date: Thursday, 27 May 2010 Time: 4PM – 5:15PM (EST)
Cost: Free, registration is required and space is limited.
Focus: Three key areas effective Church Boards do well and is something all church boards can learn to do.
This Webinar is a companion to the new MCC Board of Director Training Manuals. Click here to view and download the manuals.
Length: 1.25 hours
Rev. Elder Arlene Ackerman has served on Board of Directors in MCC for over 35 years either as a lay board member, pastor, trainer/consultant plus she has served on denominational boards. Prior to MCC Arlene worked with not for profit organizational boards. She most recently completed the new MCC Board of Director Trai
To sign up, click here to email Rev. Arlene.
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