Much has happened in the life of this Conference since the last in person Conference Annual Meeting. We’ve survived some trauma–an isolating pandemic, forest fires, and floods have dramatically taken their toll. We’ve had some loss–Mimanagish is no longer owned by the Conference, and there have been deaths of some significant saints in the life of this Conference. Clergy and Congregations have had major anniversaries, many of which have not been acknowledged publicly.
There have also been many gifts in these changes. The pandemic gave most of us much better technology skills to reach more people via Zoom and Facebook. The sale of the camp has given the Conference a bit of money to help us maneuver the changes needed for the future of the Conference.
On Saturday morning at the Annual Meeting this year, we are having a Conference Conversation when we can reflect on what has been happening in our Conference, where God's spirit is blowing through our ministries, and what God might be calling us to next. Following the Conversation, there will be a workshop to use design theory on the data we collect in the Conversation. This is the beginning of a visioning process for the Conference that will take place over the next year or more.
The Conversation is for everyone. The workshop following the Conversation is open to anyone who is creative, intuitive, collaborative, integrative, and experimental. Really, this session is open to anyone; design processes are meant to be fun while exploring the possibilities ahead of us. What we come up with will be reported on during the State of the Conference address Saturday afternoon.
Come design a future for the Montana-Northern Wyoming Conference!
Rev. Tony Clark