Here are some of the workshops offered:
The workshops will be two continuous sessions:
Session 1 ~ 1:30-2:50 p.m. Session 2 ~ 3:00 - 4:30
Examining Your Role as Elder in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Historically, the various functions of Elders in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) have been, and continues to be significant. In this workshop we will examine the role of Elders, who are called to be primary in church leadership, along with service as teachers, and shepherds. Most importantly, and with great significance Elders participate in the service at the Lord's Table. This workshop will examine the roles of Elders in many capacities and offer education, training and resources to strengthen leadership within the church.
Presenters: Leadership Initiative Team of Disciples Home Missions
Becoming Immigrant Welcoming Congregations
This workshop helps your congregation bring to flesh and life "On Becoming Immigrant Welcoming Congregations," the GA-1723 Resolution passed at our last Disciples General Assembly. Part 1 will provide a context of historical exclusionary laws and current challenges such as cuts to DACA, Temporary Protected Status, family separation policies, border practices, enforcement increases, legal immigration limits, and refugee changes that frame the immigrant rights and advocacy landscape today. Those challenges will "gain a face" through the voices and stories of directly impacted communities from multiple backgrounds of Hispanic/Latinx, AAPI, and undocumented Black populations. Participants in this workshop will then review the Disciples "Immigrant Welcoming Congregation" movement, hear a testimony from an initial "IWC," and learn how their congregation can start the process of becoming a Disciples "IWC," too! The second half of the workshop will build upon Part 1 and answer the question, "What can I and my congregation DO?" by offering key models of immigrant community protections, healing, and relationship building needed in today's context of racism and anti-immigrant policies and pushback.
Participants will hear from leaders about meaningful practices such as centering leadership among directly impacted partners, mental health trauma care, family emergency planning, accompaniment and rapid response, networks for solidarity, and advocacy campaigns to support refugees and immigrants in this time.
Participation in both workshops will help move churches towards "Immigrant Welcoming Congregation" identity.
Presenters: Sharon Stanley-Rea, Tana Liu-Beers, Lori Tapia, Chung Seong Kim