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May 13 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Holy Cross UMC
Faithful Christians from around the Eastern PA Conference, whether committed to or just concerned about biblical and Wesleyan values of peace with justice, are invited to gather on Saturday, May 13, at Holy Cross UMC in Reading, Pa. There they will explore and engage hearts and minds in their shared struggles against racism and other forms of oppression.
“Hearts on Fire: Stories of Shalom and Social Holiness” is planned as a major learning, networking and mobilizing event, unlike any before it, to create “a diverse network of people connected by story, committed to justice and collaborating for peace.” The theme is inspired by the Apostle Paul’s encouraging admonition in Romans 12:11-13: “Never let the fire in your heart go out. Keep it alive. Serve the Lord. When you hope, be joyful. When you suffer, be patient. When you pray, be faithful. Share with God’s people who are in need. Welcome others into your homes.”
Scheduled for 9 AM to 2 PM, the gathering will hear topical “TED talks”* by justice ministry practitioners and engage in small-group discussions, networking activities, biblical reflection and worship. Inspired by Christ’s gospel, they will “learn and work together as leaders to help create social change and build thriving communities of shalom.” Speakers will share creative ideas and practical applications that work “on the ground.” Learn more
The Rev. Michael Johnson, a Certified Spiritual Director, will share his approach to using dynamic prayers to bring the experience of Holy Communion to life at a Communion Workshop on Thursday, May 11. Registration is at 9 AM. The program begins at 9:30 AM. First UMC of Phoenixville (856 S. Main Street, Phoenixville) will host this event, sponsored by the Order of St. Luke. RSVP to the Rev. Bron Yocum at email@example.com.
Johnson has a passion for making Communion more contextually relevant by preparing original prayers including the Great Thanksgiving. His prayers range from traditional to musical responses, including a rap-music version, to a wordless prayer offered entirely in video and photos. The event ends at noon with Communion.
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The Eastern PA Conference offers 3 Christ Servant Ministry classes in May.A Basic Course taught in Spanish by the Rev. Brunhilda Martinez is scheduled for May 5-6 at Emmanuel UMC in Allentown. This course needs at least 12 participants and is limited to the first 20 registrations. Cost: $35. Click here for the registration application.
A Basic Course in English, taught by Judy Ehninger, is scheduled for May 12-13 at Asbury UMC in Allentown. This course needs at least 12 participants and is limited to the first 20 registrations. Cost: $35. Click here for the registration application.
A Speaking 1 Course, taught bythe Rev. Harold Burkett, is scheduled also for May 12-13 at Asbury UMC in Allentown. This course also needs at least 12 participants and is limited to the first 20 registrations. Cost $35. Click here for the registration application.
July 21-22, 2017
The Inn at Reading
The purpose of Mission u is to help church members (lay and clergy, men, women and youth) understand and interpret the global mission of the church and the responsibility of Christians within that mission; to provide information about the work of United Methodist Women; and to offer an integrated program of Mission Education, Christian Social Action, and Program Planning.
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2017 Tools for Ministry
There are no upcoming events at this time.
The Level 1 (Basic) Workshop is mandatory for all persons seeking certification as candidates in ministry, candidates for ministerial roles and for all other individuals beginning ministerial roles within the Eastern PA Conference. Peninsula-Delaware’s comparable course may be substituted. Lancaster Theological Seminary and Evangelical Seminary Boundary Training classes are also now approved as BSE courses. Learn More about the Sexual Ethics Workshop Requirements for Clergy.
July 15 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
July 29 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
October 3 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
ARTOS Events for Clergy Spouses
Our programs are created by clergy spouses for clergy spouses. Spend a morning, a day or a weekend with a small group of men and women who know what it’s like to walk through life beside a member of the clergy. Learn more at www.artosretreats.org
May 13 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm