The Prophetic Ministry of Justice — WORKSHOP FULL
How do we balance our lives as Christians? Micah 6:8 challenges us to seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly before the Lord. We will have an interactive conversation about social justice work, navigating the congregation, the community, and local politics. Protests, political unrest, racial divide, and religious discord, call us to be different in the 21st century. The workshop leaders will share their experience in social justice work in their congregation, community, and beyond.
Amantha Barbee is pastor of Statesville Avenue Presbyterian Church and chair of the Charlotte Clergy Coalition for Justice. She stood between protesters and police with other interfaith clergy when Keith Scott was killed by police in 2016. She is a recipient of the Charlotte City Center Partners Special Achievement Award.
Karen Hernández-Granzen is pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church. an urban, intercultural, More Light congregation. She is co-chair of the Trenton Arts Music Culture Committee, Princeton Civil Rights Committee. Presbyterian Intercultural Network (PIN), Commissioner for the 50th World Council of Churches in Zimbabwe.
The Gospel Mandate
This workshop will examine the Gospel mandate of discipleship and justice, using the next PCUSA One Church One Book initiative book as its framework. What is happening in your neighborhood? Is God in the neighborhood or just in the church? What happens when we truly love our neighbors as ourselves?
Cindy Kohlmann was ordained in 1999 and has served two churches as solo pastor. She is the presbytery leader for the Presbyteries of Boston and Northern New England. Along with Elder Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri, Cindy was elected co-moderator of the 223rd General Assembly.
Intersectionality and Why Palestine Matters
This workshop explores intersectionality and our struggle for all human rights, using the book “Why Palestine Matters,” which answers the question of why intersectionality matters. Seemingly separate oppressed communities face common struggles. Demands for justice and rights-based solutions unite the many against the very few who benefit from empire. Too often, these struggles devolve into single-issue campaigns. Intersectionality links resistance movements opposing empire.
Addie Domske studied international social work and is the Director of Youth Formation at St. Paul & the Redeemer on Chicago’s southside. She serves nationally on the theology committee for Friends of Sabeel North America and locally as her cat’s personal masseuse.
Marietta Macy studied theatre and currently serves as Co-Moderator of the Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the PC(USA). She also serves First Presbyterian Church of Columbus, IN as the Director of Children’s, Youth, and Young Adult Ministries.
Worth More than Seven Sons
“We live in an era of intense conflict & massive institutional failures, a time of painful endings & of hopeful beginnings… something is shifting & dying, while something else wants to be born.” (Victor Havel) Using the change management method Theory U, we’ll explore the leadership capacities and movements essential to ushering complex church systems as they let go of death and emerge into a future of energy and meaning. Like Ruth and Naomi, once we cross this threshold, nothing remains the same.
Sara Dingman serves as Executive of the Synod of Lincoln Trails. Before that she was an interim executive presbyter and before that she served churches in the U.S. and Scotland. Sara is a partner, auntie, traveler, explorer, gardener and lover of all dogs.
Landon Whitsitt serves as Executive of the Synod of Mid-America. He is a husband, dad, dog owner, runner, writer, musician, thinker, and speaker. He was also once the GA Vice Moderator back when they still had those sorts of things.
Holy Disunity: How What Separates Us Can Also Save Us
What if we are not called to create unity, but rather to be in authentic relationship even in disunity? From this framing, hard realities like doubt, argument, protest, discomfort, failure, and even separation have unexpected gifts to offer us: discovery, dialogue, perspective, truth, grace, and growth. This workshop will examine 12 of these challenges and their gifts through the lens of biblical stories, with deeper group discussion of 1 or 2 topics via story-sharing and question-asking.
Layton Williams is an ordained teaching elder based in Charleston, SC, and serves on staff at Sojourners – a Christian social justice publication and nonprofit in DC. She writes and works at the intersections of faith, justice, relationship, and story.
Interwoven Generations: Our Shared Calling
Aging is a powerful, natural lifelong process; it connects us and it affects us. Our aging members are diverse, faithful, and are looking to transform the world by the power of the Holy Spirit through intergenerational ministries. But it can be difficult to balance their needs for pastoral care, varying abilities, being intentionally intergenerational, and missionally focused. This co-led workshop by Michele and David will address the challenges, opportunities, and some ways forward.
Michele Hendrix is President of Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network (POAMN), a Deacon, Stephen Leader, Caregiver Specialist, Speaker and Trainer with expertise in Older Adult Ministry and Caregiving. She focuses on intergenerational, and Interfaith ministry.
David Norse (he/him/his) is a Queer millennial who solo Pastors Maryland Presbyterian, a community of “badass progressive Grandmas and everyone’s favorite aunt and uncle.” A TEDxPhilly speaker in 2015, he also served at Broad Street Ministry for 4 years.
You’ve Got to Fight for Your Right to Party: Surviving and Thriving in Ministry
Life is sometimes messy and unpredictable. Our faith demands personal vulnerability – and sacrifice. Yet God’s promises are revealed through these experiences.
We face all kinds of obstacles and challenges in ministry. Clarity, confession and resilience are necessary disciplines.
This workshop will encourage us to
persist in faithful, life-giving ministry,
renounce disappointment and bitterness,
and lean into joy through all the twists and turns.
Glen Bell has been a part of churches small and large, metropolitan and rural. He serves in leadership with NEXT Church, Presbyterian Outlook, and Louisville Seminary. He is pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Sarasota, Florida.
NOW TO WOW: Transforming Elders for Adaptive Leadership — WORKSHOP FULL
Transformational work requires agile, adaptive leadership – the most effective agents of adaptive change for our congregations are the called, ordained, and ‘woven together’ officers of our churches! This workshop will give elders the tools to assess the overall health of their leadership – including strategies to cultivate their ‘woven’ sense of call to Christ’s purposes in their community and to curtail the very real and often overlooked challenges to the session’s essential role in the church.
Jesse G. Mabanglo is a transitional pastor at Lake City Presbyterian Church, an ICF trained coach, and moderator of Seattle Presbytery. Jesse is passionate about leadership development and helping congregations navigate through seasons of change.
Eyde Mabanglo is an ordained PC(USA) pastor and ICF trained leadership coach. She is a transitional pastor and is currently serving in a 200-member congregation. Eyde is passionate about helping Christian leaders serve God’s missional purposes.
Learning to Read, Study, Preach and Teach From the Under(Other)Side
This workshop will share an approach to bible study and preaching that helped our congregations learn to read scripture through the eyes and lives of those who have been other-ized. The workshop will include resources and suggestions about contextual adaptation that emerged from our experience. Participants will have a chance to practice the methodology.
Debra Avery is a New Worshipping Community Organizer for Justice House in Oakland, California, an activist, and communication consultant.
Kamal Hassan is the pastor of Sojourner Truth Presbyterian Church in Richmond, California, a Co-spiritual Director of OneLife Institute in Oakland, California, and a community activist.
Hearing the Stories of our Youth
Our youth have stories of resiliency, hope, and faith to share with us. How do we make space to hear these stories? Are we open to the different ways youth communicate? How can we move from the traditional “youth Sunday” to having our youth a part of the regular rhythm of worship and church life? Expect to explore these questions and come away with new approaches for your context. This workshop is sponsored by the Presbyterian Youth Workers Association.
Shelley Donaldson is the Associate Pastor for Ministry with Youth & Missional Engagement at First Presbyterian Stamford, CT, and has over 15 years experience working with young people in various settings. She serves as one of two co-moderators for the Presbyterian Youth Workers Association.
Stephanie Fritz is the associate coordinator for faith formation at the Presbyterian Mission Agency.
What Do You Do With An Idea? — WORKSHOP FULL
The leadership of Coastland Commons will host a conversation about how they moved from a question to a community gathering. Their story will be put in conversation with Nikki Collins, director of 1001 New Worshipping Communities. These conversation partners will weave together personal experience, failed experiments, and concrete steps that the local church can take to invest in the 1001 movement.
Dani Forbess is the pastor of Northminster Presbyterian Church. She serves a multi-age congregation while also co-leading a New Worshipping Community in the PC USA called Coastland Commons.
Kyle Turver is the worship leader of Bethany Presbyterian Church. He has been co-leading the New Worshipping Community called Coastland Commons. Coastland Commons was born five years ago when he started dreaming about the impact of creativity.
Nikki Collins is the coordinator of 1001 New Worshiping Communities of the PC(USA). Our team works to equip leaders, presbyteries, and partner congregations of over 450 new communities, a number that grows daily!.
Far From Home: Ministry With, By and For LGBTQIA People in a New Day
“Far From Home” was a 2004 booklet published by the Covenant Network, subtitled “Tales of Presbyterian Exiles.” Now, 15 years later, many of those “exiles” could openly serve the church or be married in it. This conversational workshop seeks to explain – and understand – where and how there is more work to do in serving and calling forth gifts of LGBTQIA people. We’ll think together about the next season of ministry with an eye toward evangelism, discipleship and justice.
Brian Ellison has served since 2012 as executive director of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians (www.covnetpres.org), for which he preaches and teaches around the country. He has also been a pastor, a stated clerk, and a public radio journalist.
Woven Together: Living Faith Inter-Generationally
In a world where generations are often separated out, the story of Ruth and Naomi calls to us. Two faithful people, from different generations/backgrounds, walking together in faith. Church is a place where multiple generations gather, but do we truly see one another? Do we know each other, learn from each other? Do we share our stories of God’s grace and love across generations? Together we will explore the gifts of worshiping, learning, and serving as an inter-generational church.
Julie Emery is pastor of the Westminster Church in West Hartford, CT. She spends much of her free time at hockey rinks, cheering on one of her two sons or her husband. She’s also been known to hike, swim, knit, play the ukelele, and drink good beer.
Kathleen Owens is the half-time Solo Pastor at First Presbyterian in Oregon, WI, a thriving, energetic congregation that averages 50 people in Worship on a Sunday. Kathleen enjoys helping smaller churches to focus on their gifts and use them well.