We have ten breakout sessions at Annual Conference this year. Learn more about the sessions and use the form below to register your attendance by May 20.
Women Organized for Mission: our history; our future
Harriett Jane Olson
Participants will delve into the history of United Methodist Women and look at mission and its results internationally and nationally. We will discuss the intertwined nature of spiritual growth, service that brings us into relationship with marginalized communities and advocacy and look at strategies for connecting with new communities and new women.
Generous Seeing – Open My Eyes, That I May See: Taking a Fresh Look at Your Church’s Safe Sanctuaries Policy
Rev. Mamie Alley
This workshop will focus on ways to review and update your church’s Safe Sanctuaries policy with an emphasis on looking with “fresh eyes” at how closely your practices follow your policy. We will provide suggestions for best practices that will help you live into your policy with generosity, hospitality, and love.
Erasing the Lines: Generosity and Grace to All
Youth Leadership Team
We must show generosity and grace to all, in order to erase the lines! This workshop, led by the youth leaders of our Conference will provide ideas and opportunities to learn about Conference Youth ministries and the way in which generosity and grace for all are central to our ministry.
A Generous Shift of Language – Moving from Transactional Relationships to Transformational Relationships
We will see how the words we use affect the way we engage with individuals experiencing poverty. We will discuss how the language we use can cause harm through perpetuating the problem and victimizing the individuals we are trying to live life with or help. Using Luke 14:7-14, we will discuss ways to express humility and hospitality and create intentional community, and how we extend a hand to those who are not.
Sowing Generosity through Courageous Leadership – Crossing the Violent Divides – COSROW
Rev. Christi Dye
This workshop explores ways that generous, faithful, and hospital leadership moves us across the many divides that separate God’s children from one another and from God. Faithful leadership creates sacred space for God’s healing presence.
Good Friends: Creating New Spaces for New People
Rev. Greg Moore
Have you ever felt the call to extend the communion table of your church into the world, but wondered how to begin? In these breakout sessions, we will workshop the practice of holy friendship, which is both the method and the means of creating and extending faith communities among people who are currently not a part of any covenant community. These holy friendships are the most basic Wesleyan way of practicing generosity with all people.
Sacred Generosity: Connecting with God and Neighbors in the Garden
Rev. Jarrod Davis
Our communities face several challenges, from childhood development to senior healthcare, food scarcity to climate justice, job loss to isolation, and more. Church garden ministry is being used across the Conference to connect with neighbors, creation, and our Creator alike, and congregations are finding new ways to address challenges and grow together. Come learn more about the theology of church garden ministry, about the sacred work of church gardens across the NC Conference, and why your church should have a garden.
UMCOR Hygiene Kits – Packing and Sorting
Rev. Bill Haddock
Join us in a hands-on breakout session to pack, sort supplies, and check Hygiene (Health) Kits. These kits provide basic necessities to people who have been forced to leave their homes because of human conflict or natural disaster. Hygiene Kits are also used as learning tools in personal hygiene, literacy, nutrition and cooking classes. Please bring Hygiene Kit items or completed kits to the Disaster Response trailer that will be located behind the Greenville Convention Center. See hygiene kit assembly instructions and items list.
Take a Break and Come to Camp!
Camping & Retreat Ministries Staff
Situated on the lawn of the Greenville Convention Center, you will find opportunities for fun, fellowship and faith-filled activities brought to you by your three amazing Camp and Retreat Centers – Chestnut Ridge, Don Lee, and Rockfish. Roll up your sleeves to participate in summer camp in just an hour! Or come out to observe and get a taste of this amazing ministry.
Practicing Justice around the Table
Rev. Grace Hackney & Rev. Richard Joyner
We become what we practice. We will engage in conversations about what it looks like to become Communities of Practice that reflect God’s generosity in creation and around the table. The leaders will share from their own experiences the ways eating together can lead to personal and social holiness.