November 6, 2020
NEWS & VIEWS
Update: Reopening best practices for churches during COVID
The Eastern PA Conference places the health and welfare of our members and the surrounding community as the first priority in making decisions around occupancy. As COVID-19 numbers continue to rise, we recommend churches monitor their city or county’s infection rates, modify their reopening strategies, and either return to virtual offerings or decrease in room capacity, as necessary. 

Congregations that reopen must be committed to the goal of flattening the virus’s curve by following all state and city guidelines. They should have a reopening plan approved by their church’s administrative council. Please continue to monitor both the PA.gov and CDC.gov websites for up-to-date information. Learn more…
CONAM forum to explore Native American sports mascots, Nov. 8 on Zoom
After decades of losses in their fight against the misuse of Native American culture for sports team mascots, advocates gained a rare major victory this past summer. That’s when the NFL’s Washington Football Team adopted that temporary identity after suddenly retiring its popular name that for so long has offended indigenous people.

Yet, the fight for justice and respect against Native American sports mascots is a difficult one waged against stubborn forces. Those forces range from professional sports to high school teams and unrepentant school officials across America.

The Eastern PA Conference Committee on Native American Ministries (CONAM) will host a forum via Zoom on Sunday, Nov. 8, at 4 PM, during the nation’s Native American Heritage Month, to address this justice concern. CONAM’s new partner, the Coalition of Natives and Allies (CNA), will present enlightening information and facilitate discussion, no doubt hoping to welcome new allies to this fight. Learn more...
Churches have until Nov. 16 to seek protection from potential liability in a class action lawsuit against Boy Scouts of America over past sexual abuse claims. BSA has filed for bankruptcy. Learn more...
By Water & the Spirit: Theology & Practice of Baptism
A Zoom-based study offered by the Board of Ordained Ministry Zoom Sessions: Saturday November 7, 9:00-11:30 AM Saturday November 21, 9:00-11:30 AM. 

Baptism is at the core of who we are as Christians — but how well do we truly understand this sacrament? Those of us who serve in church leadership often face practical questions with deep theological roots. Why do we baptize? What happens in baptism? Why do we baptize infants? What do we mean when we say “remember your baptism” — especially if baptized as an infant? Why don’t we re-baptize? Why don’t we do private baptisms? And how do we navigate the sacrament of baptism in a season of social distancing? By getting to the theological heart of baptism, we as church leaders can offer better and more meaningful answers to these questions that so often arise from the pews.

This Zoom-based study is designed to help all church leaders — and in particular, our licensed local pastors and lay-supply pastors — to wrestle with this theological foundation of baptism. Learn more...
Deacons Gathering: The Role of Anger in the Work of Justice and Love
Deacons and Deacon candidates are invited to attend an upcoming gathering on Saturday, Nov. 7, 10 to 11:30 AM, on Zoom, that speaks to the Deacon’s call to justice. Topic: “The Role of Anger in the Work of Justice and Love” Zoom Link:: https://lancasterseminary-edu.zoom.us/j/2625964634. There is no need to RSVP for this event; but there are materials suggested for reading.
Part 2 of Emotional Intelligence and Diversity Workshop continues Nov. 7, 12:30 pm.
Learn to lead more like Christ Emotional Intelligence and Diversity training October 31 & November 7, 2020 Attend just two, 3-hour, afternoon sessions on Zoom Want to improve your communication,…Learn more...
Annual Conference evaluation, offerings report
The Commission on Sessions had a positive evaluation of the October 13-14 virtual Annual Conference. The first day's online business and legislative session on Zoom had 714 voting members, reportedly about the same as a typical onsite Annual Conference. "For the first time we ever had to do this, we did a phenomenal job," said the Rev. James Anderman, chairman. "We'll do it even better next year if we have to do it again." Commission members credited Conference staff and ministry leaders for the session's success, including the electronic voting.

The Communications Office prepared an Annual Conference Report for the Conference website and UM News. Also, here are total offerings received as part of Annual Conference:
Scholarships: $820.
Board of Ordained Ministry scholarships: $2,550
*Camp & Retreat Ministries Appeal: $2,970
Conference Council on Youth Ministry: $575

*Total giving to the Bishop's Appeal for Camp & Retreat Ministries was $13,716 as of Nov. 5, including gifts before and after the Conference session.
New Local Pastor Licensing School in 2021
The Eastern PA Conference has launched its new Local Pastor Licensing School, to begin in January 2021. Registration is open now for classes that will gather online for just six weeks, from Jan. 15 to Feb. 28. The school’s new design allows for faster completion in classes that meet on Friday evenings and Saturdays. Persons from other conferences are welcome to attend. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all 2021 classes will meet via Zoom video-conferencing.
 
The classes will cover UMC Tradition, Leadership and Administration; Spiritual Direction; Preaching; Public Worship and Liturgy; Educational Ministries; Mission and Evangelism; Pastoral Care; and another class related to a Conference emphasis to be determined.
 
The cost is $1,100, with a $300 non-refundable deposit and the remaining balance due by March 31. The Rev. Dan Lebo is the school’s new Dean. The Rev. Kevin Babcock, who chairs the Board of Ordained Ministry Committee on Local Pastor Licensing, is the registrar. See the brochure for more details, including requirements.
‘Do No Harm’
By Bishop Peggy A. Johnson

The “Three Simple Rules” offered to us by our Methodist founder John Wesley are:

  1. Do no harm.
  2. Do good.
  3. Attend to the ordinances of God (that is, spiritual disciplines that keep you close to God).

It is no small matter that the first of the three is “Do no harm.” Everything we do has a potential for harm. Something that may seem harmless to us may be seriously harmful to others, depending on their life situations, culture or other circumstances.

Sadly, racism and white supremacy have blinded many European-Americans from seeing the harm they often cause. Such is the case with sports team names and mascots that misappropriate Native American images and cultures, and that too often depict them in derogatory, harmful, stereotypical ways.Read more…
CDT Book Club to explore Rendle’s new book in January 2021
Quietly Courageous, by the Rev. Gil Rendle, is the Congregational Development Team’s (CDT) third book to recommend and discuss in its new weekly Book Club, beginning Jan. 13, 2021. The new clergy and laity study group will gather each Wednesday morning on Zoom, from 11 AM to 12 PM, for six weeks. Learn more...
3rd Annual Prison Ministry Art Show goes online
The 3rd Annual Prison Ministry Art Show, sponsored by Hopewell UMC and Grove UMC, will be held virtually this year Nov. 13-15, with a preview of the art available beginning Nov. 7.

In addition to over 45 pieces of art from inmates at the Coal Township Correctional Institution, there are several pieces of hand-made jewelry created by an inmate from Drakenstein Correctional Center in South Africa (from which Nelson Mandela was released). Calendars and note cards featuring the artwork of the inmates will also be available for purchase.

Half of the proceeds from funds raised is returned to the inmates to help them purchase additional art supplies and also to support their families. At the request of the artists, the other half of proceeds is donated to community organizations, including Good Samaritan Services, Good Works, Safe Harbor, Coatesville Kids to College, and The Well After-School Program, as well as the Hopewell Training Center in Haiti, Mosaic in South Africa and the Restorative Justice Ministry at Drakenstein Correctional Center in South Africa.

The art will be available for preview and purchase at https://www.betterunite.com/HopewellUnitedMethodistChurch-prisonministryartshow.
MORE LEARNING EVENTS
Women in Professional Ministry/COSROW Event
TextThe Women in Professional Ministry in partnership with our Conference COSROW team will welcome Susan Beaumont on December 8th from 10:00am - 12:00pm via Zoom. We will gather on this Tuesday in Advent with Bishop Peggy Johnson as we traditionally do. This year we've invited Susan Beaumont to join us and share her wisdom around leading through uncertainty.  
 
LEADING IN A LIMINAL SEASON with Susan Beaumont 
How do you lead an organization stuck between an ending and a new beginning— when the old way of doing things no longer works but a way forward is not yet clear? Such in-between times are called liminal seasons—threshold times when the continuity of tradition disintegrates and uncertainty about the future fuels doubt and chaos. In a liminal season it simply is not helpful to pretend we understand what needs to happen next. But leaders can still lead.

Digital Ministry for the Rest of Us, Dec. 5
An interactive presentation on Zoom, provided by the Eastern PA Conference Congregational Development Team. Dec. 5, Saturday, 10-11 AM
 
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  • Foundations of Church Technology: Rev. Kevin Rutledge, Covenant UMC
  • Livestream or Recorded? Pros and Cons: Rev. Amy Banka, Senior Pastor, Hopewell UMC
  • DYI Livestreaming & Recording: John Mattox, Technology Volunteer, Linwood UMC
 Registration Link:
AROUND THE UM CONNECTION
Video series looks at denomination's future
CHICAGO — The Connectional Table's Emerging Project is launching a video series about the future of The United Methodist Church. In the first video, Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton discusses: "Can General Conference be Virtual?" Bickerton, who leads the New York Conference, is president-elect of the Council of Bishops and represents bishops on the Commission on the General Conference. Watch videoRead press release.
Leadership body affirms Christmas Covenant
CHICAGO — The Connectional Table, a leadership body that coordinates mission and ministry, voted to affirm the Christmas Covenant legislation as a vehicle for providing global regionalism in The United Methodist Church. The legislation originated with General Conference delegates from the Philippines, Africa and Europe. Like the Connectional Table, the group seeks to create a U.S. regional conference that will have parity with other regions in the denomination. Read press release Read Christmas Covenant legislation
Since beginning Black Lives Matters protests in Macon, Georgia, Derian Wilson has been called a communist and a terrorist, told that he was too immature to ever have a wife and family, and asked if he supported Abraham Lincoln.

“That one confused me,” the 21-year-old man said with a chuckle about the reference to the nation’s 16th president. “It was very strange.”
Wilson, a member of Martha Bowman United Methodist Church in Macon, protests three or four times a week outside the Chick-fil-A restaurant where he is employed or at the roundabout near Tattnall Square Park. Sometimes his mom or friends are with him; other times he’s alone. His car sports a black flag that states “Black Lives Matter.”

“I want to see more caring for other people,” Wilson said about his reasons for protesting. “I feel like that’s something that as a society we’re lacking. … Just looking out for your neighbor, making sure people are OK.” Learn more...
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In the midst of a pandemic, racial unrest, and denominational and political anxiety, the bishops of The United Methodist Church met in a virtual format for four days to focus on the leadership necessary to chart a new future for the global denomination.

Among the innovative ideas that were discussed were ways to lead the church in the midst of this unique and challenging season. Facilitated by consultant Susan Beaumont and Lisa Greenwood from the Texas Methodist Foundation, the bishops centered conversations on the direction of their leadership in rapidly changing times, an intentional focus on anti-racism and practical matters related to cutting costs and expenses of the Episcopal Fund. Learn more…
RESOURCES
Advent 2020 resource focuses on justice and peace
WASHINGTON — "Seeking Jesus, The Advent of Justice and Peace" is a five-week Advent anti-racism resource available now through the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race. The resource begins Nov. 29 and continues through Dec. 27. Cost is $20.
Vanco offers help with digital giving
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanco, a digital giving platform, has renewed its longtime ministry partnership with the General Council on Finance and Administration, the denomination's finance agency. All United Methodist churches that sign up with Vanco by Nov. 30 will receive personalized one-on-one onboarding with a Vanco eGiving specialist. 

Survival mode isn't working for most congregations, writes the Rev. Rebekah Simon-Peter. Especially during this time of COVID-19 and all its fallout, the church consultant writes that churches should cast a vision.
REMINDERS
Annual Election period begins for 2021 health insurance

It is time for active, appointed clergy and conference staff members to register for the HealthFlex Annual Election Meeting (formerly called Annual Enrollment), which will happen online on Wednesday, Nov 4. (Retired pulpit supply pastors are not included.) The Annual Election period runs from Oct. 28 through Nov. 12. 

Conference camps staying busy into November
Our four Camp & Retreat Centers are keeping busy this season, with two fundraising events that end this weekend and planned November events welcoming families, helpful woodcutters and church youth groups.

Innabah completes its October Amazing Raise fundraising drive on Saturday, hoping to surpass the $23,000 they raised in one day last year. All donations will be matched. Meanwhile, the camp completes its Fall Family Camp weekends in November, with families coming to enjoy a full menu of camp activities on their own Nov, 6-8 and 13-15.

“This year has been hard for everyone, but we are better together,” said camp director Michael Hyde. “We are doing our best here at Innabah to be able to continue with our ministry. We need everyone’s help. Whatever you can give will be appreciated!” Learn more… Also, watch a video for some more details and information by clicking HERE.

Carson Simpson Farm is raising funds from the sale of delicious pies, but the last day is Sunday, Nov. 1. Supporters should order their Solly Brother Farms holiday pies (from a variety of 11 savory flavors!) using the Carson Simpson Farm Thanksgiving Pie Fundraiser form. All pies are $15, and orders can be picked up from Carson Simpson on Tuesday, Nov. 24. 

Pocono Plateau will host its annual Annual Woodcutter's Day on Saturday, Nov. 7, 9 AM to 4 PM. Work groups are vital to the care and maintenance of the camp’s property and facilities. Groups can volunteer to spend a day or more doing projects to help keep Pocono Plateau in good working order.  

There is plenty of work to be done from general labor (splitting & stacking firewood, raking leaves, trail maintenance) to the trades (electrical, plumbing, carpentry) Any type, age, or size group is welcome! Contact the Pocono Plateau office for more information and to make arrangements. 

Meanwhile, camp director Ron Schane continues to recuperate at home from his recent heart surgery.

Gretna Glen will host another, monthly Free Youth Night event on Sunday, Nov. 15, from 2:00 to 4:40 PM. The October Youth Night event drew 46 attendees. The camp is very COVID-19-conscious, continuing its due diligence in making its facilities safe for all guests. Learn more... 

“We are excited to continue to offer this event as a resource to our churches and community,” says camp director Apryl Miller. It will feel similar to previous Free Youth Night events, but the youth will gather at an earlier time to enjoy outdoor activities in daylight. So, dress warmly in layers. 

Also, Gretna Glen’s “Run the Glen” series of dual 5K trail races will follow on Friday, Nov. 20, at 6 PM and Saturday, Nov. 21, at 8 AM. Learn more...
How to Deal with Church Bullies webinar, Nov. 11
Connectional Ministries will offer a requested Zoom webinar titled “How to Recognize and Deal with Church Bullies” on Wednesday, Nov 11, at 6:30 PM. The Rev. David Woolverton (right) will lead the workshop, drawing from his 30 years as a pastor, educator, consultant and now author, with a new book on church conflict in the works.
“In the church, bullies can look spiritual. They also may be serving a very unique function in the life of the congregation,” writes Dr. Woolverton. He will explore how to recognize, assess and respond to church “bullies” and the closed power systems that they represent. “While some of those persons are simply reacting with anxiety to changes implemented by leaders, others may have a more defined plan to sabotage any idea that does not originate with them.” Registration for this event is now open.
All youth invited to special CCYM Racism and Diversity event, Nov. 14
The Northeastern Jurisdiction Council on Youth Ministry, at its Nov. 14 meeting, will feature a special program on Racism and Diversity, presented by the Eastern PA Conference Council on Youth Ministry (CCYM) (left). The presentation will be from 1 to 4 PM using video-conferencing on Zoom. All youth from the NEJ’s 10 conferences are invited to participate.  Pre-registration is required to receive the Zoom invitation and link. 

“We will use a unique approach of presenting scripted vignettes that one of our youth members is preparing,” said the Rev. David Piltz, Conference Coordinator of Young People’s Ministries. The presentation, including interactive discussions, will focus on words and meanings that emerge from Matthew 15:18, which teaches that “what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this is what defiles us,” said Piltz. “The essential point is that if love is in our heart then nothing bad comes out of the mouth; and racism is not from a place of love but from a place of hate.”

CCYM member Sara Mott, of Covenant UMC in Moore Township, is writing the vignettes. She recently directed, produced and acted in a short dramatic film, “Secondhand Smoke” about domestic violence that was shown at a New York film festival for high school students. The program agenda will also include time for fellowship and worship. 
Apply for Global Mission Fellows, US-2 track
Applications for UM Global Ministries 2021-23 Global Mission Fellows on the US-2 track opened Oct. 12. The fall application deadline is Nov. 30, 2020, and the spring application deadline is Feb. 24, 2021. Placement matches will be assigned throughout the selection process, so early application is encouraged. Read press release. See application information
Celebrating Our Cultures at Christmas, Dec. 13
Plan now to attend the Commission on Religion & Race’s second annual multicultural celebration and the first to happen online. In September 2019 the group hosted a lively, well-attended outdoor picnic at Innabah. This year they will host a virtual but no less festive gathering, Celebrating Our Cultures at Christmas, on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 3 PM, via Zoom. 

It’s a Conference-wide Advent celebration that will share cultural and family traditions of the season from around the world--including Latin American Three Kings Day celebrations, a Native American family’s Christmas story, and traditions from South Korea, India, Germany, Great Britain, Sierra Leone, and even a taste of Kwanzaa. 

Come join the party! Bring a candle and place your computer or mobile device in front of your tree or nativity scene! Send a photo of your nativity or live nativity scene to communications@epaumc.org to be included in the celebration. Register now to participate. Download and share the event flyer. 
PA tax exemption extended further until Dec. 31
The Eastern PA Conference’s Pennsylvania sales tax exemption certificate used by its member churches was due to expire initially March 31 but was extended to Sept. 30. But now it has been extended further until Dec. 31, due continued delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The extension enables churches to continue making tax-exempt purchases while the state processes renewals. A new letter confirming this latest extension may be used by churches to authorize tax-fre purchases, along with their copy of the expired Exemption Certificate (REV-1220). 
Zoom users should update their software
All users of Zoom video-conferencing should ensure their Zoom Client program is the latest version available, The Conference Administration Office advises. Check to make sure you are using Version 3.2.1 If not:

  • Close your programs
  • Download and run CleanZoom.exe   
  • Reboot your computer
  • Visit this link https://zoom.us/support/download.
  • This will automatically download the newest version for you.
  • Install this version once downloaded.
Order of Elders to learn about using digital media for ministry
The Eastern PA Conference Order of Elders will hear from an expert on how to use media creatively to reclaim the church’s social influence at a training event on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 1 PM, via Zoom.

“Obviously our time together in the Order of Elders will be different this year,” says the Rev. Tom Ebersole, the group’s new chairman. Rather than the usual lunch gathering at Innabah Camp & Retreat Center, the 2-hour video-conference will include a talk and Q & A session featuring Phil Cooke, a writer, leading media producer and consultant who critiques American-influenced Christian culture. (Wikipedia)

With a Ph.D in theology, Cooke has “helped some of the largest Christian and nonprofit organizations in the world use the media to tell their story in a changing, disrupted culture.” Ebersole says Cooke’s book The Way Back: How Christians Blew Our Credibility & How We Get it Back “changed how I do ministry. He is dynamic and brings a message we definitely need to hear.”
 
The first 70 elders who sign up for the Nov. 18 training will receive a copy of Cooke’s new book, Maximize Your Influence: How to Make Digital Media Work for Your Church, Your Ministry and You. This event is free for conference elders. Register now.
New online course aims at growth in generosity
A new online curriculum designed to help clergy and lay people lead congregations toward growth in generosity is now available from Discipleship Ministries. This six-module leadership series will help clergy and leaders become better equipped to lead their local churches in the area of generosity as a key part of being a disciple of Jesus Christ. Read press release
Building relationships with virtual visitors
Many churches are reporting much higher online worship attendance than they typically see in person. Eric Seiberling offers tips for how email can help sustain these new connections in a time of social distancing. Read tips
Conference offers new booklet of scholarships, ministry funds
Announces new Narberth Legacy Ministry Action Grants
The Eastern PA Conference Connectional Ministries Office has published online a new booklet, titled Conference Funding for Ministry and Leadership Development, to inform churches and members about resources for funding ministry, church needs and educational scholarships. The booklet conveniently gathers in one place information already present on the conference website’s individual Funding For Ministry, Higher Education Scholarships & Grants and Conference Loan Fund pages. (All pages are updated regularly and are accessible from our Conference Finance webpage.)

But other funding sources also appear in the booklet, including the William “Bill” Drendall Endowment Fund of Mount Gretna UMC, available to all churches; BMCR/BUMP College Scholarships for active members of BMCR-member churches; and scholarships and ministry funding from general agencies of the UMC. 

One major funding source featured in the new booklet is the conference’s new Narberth Legacy Ministry Action Grants (2021-2023 Action Grants). The Narberth Legacy Ministry Action Fund is a Permanent Endowment Fund administered by the Mid-Atlantic United Methodist Foundation on behalf of the Eastern PA Conference. It was established from the 2014 discontinuation of Narberth UMC, as a living memorial to past church members, to provide substantial support to new, innovative, justice-seeking ministries that impact the life of communities. 

Beginning July 1, 2021 one grant for up to $45,000, distributed over a three-year period, will be awarded annually to a church. Eligible ministries are those that seek to serve populations that may be multicultural, young or intergenerational, unchurched or de-churched, and challenged by racism, discrimination, poverty and other disadvantages. Such ministries should demonstrate viability and a commitment to foster productive cooperation with church and community partners and stakeholders. 

Funds will be granted only for endeavors that produce action and offer the potential for real change. Learn more on the conference website’s Funding for Ministry page or contact the Office of Connectional Ministries. Deadline: Jan. 31, 2021. Learn more...
Sign-language Bible now available
A 38-year project that included 53 Deaf translators has produced the American Sign Language Bible, available free from Deaf Missions, a nonprofit Christian organization. This new Bible not only better encourages Deaf and hard-of-hearing people to engage in studying Scripture, it reduces misunderstandings and misinterpretations, writes the Rev. Leo Yates Jr. Read commentary 
Urban Commission offers fall ministry grants
The Eastern PA Conference’s Urban Commission will once again award grants this fall to assist in funding Urban Alliances or Urban Church Initiatives. The deadline is Nov. 23. Awards will be announced by Jan. 6, 2021. UM churches in the following urban centers, are invited to apply: 

Allentown Lebanon
Bethlehem Norristown
Chester Pottstown
Coatesville Reading
Lancaster Philadelphia and Philadelphia 

The Urban Commission typically offers grants twice a year, in the spring and fall. However, funds for this year’s spring round of grants were reallocated to the conference Cabinet to aid churches responding to community needs during the coronavirus pandemic. Read the grant information on the Urban Ministries webpage, and use the online application to apply.
Faith Sharing Event, Nov. 14, moved to Zoom
Evangelism in a Changing Landscape, the Eastern PA Conference’s 2020 Faith-Sharing Event Nov. 14, will now be a 3-hour Zoom video-conference from 9 AM to 12 noon, offered for free.
Our featured speaker is the Rev. Lisa Greenwood, Vice-President for Leadership Ministry of TMF (the Texas Methodist Foundation), Dallas, Texas. She will stimulate reflections on the changing landscape of our mission field—both its challenges and opportunities—and invite us into conversations about the implications for our church leaders and ministries. Congregations are encouraged to participate in teams to learn, strategize and prepare to grow together.

Visit our Local Church Resources webpage
Do you find yourself wondering where you can obtain a 501(c)3 letter? Clergy W-2s? Various other bits of information that is crucial for churches? Look no further than the Local Church Resources page under the Administration tab on the EPA website and you can answer these questions.
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Update your Find-A-Church profile
Developed by United Methodist Communications, Find-A-Church helps your church connect with people who may be looking online for a church to provide worship, fellowship, spiritual nurture and other needs. If your church has a Website, having a church page in Find-A-Church doubles your local visibility to reach people searching by city, town or zip code. It is the official online directory of United Methodist churches in the United States and one of the most visited sections of UMC.org, averaging more than 1,000 page views a day. You'll achieve the best results from your Find-A-Church profile when you update your church's information. For video instructions on how, visit Video Tutorial: Find-A-Church Overview
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SAVE THE DATES
  • October 31st & November 7: Emotional Intelligence and Diversity Training. Part 1: 10/31 at 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM. Part 2: 11/7 at12:30 PM – 3:30 PM. Download the flyer. Register online.
  • November 14: Annual Faith-Sharing Event–Evangelism in a Changing Landscape. Zoom, 9 AM – 12 PM. Register online.
  • November 8: Race-Based Mascots. Download and share the flyer. Learn more and register.
  • December 13: Annual “Celebrating our Cultures” Event, Zoom online meeting
  • January 30, 2021: Basic Sexual Ethics Workshop, via Zoom.
  • March 6, 2021: Advanced Sexual Ethics Workshop. 9:30 AM – 3 PM. Register Online.
  • March 13, 2021: Tools for Ministry. Times and Places TBD by Districts.
  • May 15, 2021: Latino Holy Convocation and Assembly
  • May 15, 2021: Clergy Transition Workshop led by Dave Woolverton. Location TBD.
  • August 6 - 8, 2021: Laity Academy

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