UM Foundation seeks input
United Methodist Foundation, Inc. (UMF) is asking local church and conference leaders to provide feedback about the current ministry services of the Foundation. District leaders, pastors, local church financial secretaries or business administrators, chairs of church endowment committees, Legacy Leaders, and interested lay persons are all invited to respond to this performance survey. The replies will help UMF gauge the effectiveness of current programs, as well as alert them to new or expanded services that would be of value to the conference. Responses from churches not currently using the services of UMF are especially desired. All responses are confidential and anonymous. To respond, please go to UMF Survey. For further information about this survey, contact Rev. Jim Mentzer at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Emerging Patterns in 21st Century Worship
“Emerging Patterns in 21st Century Worship” is a learning experience offered through a partnership event between Lake Junaluska Ministry Events and The Alban Institute. Guest presenters will be author and speaker Diana Butler Bass, author of “Christianity for the Rest of Us” and “The Practicing Congregation” and Dan Benedict, author of “Patterned by Grace.” The four-day event will explore contemporary movements and patterns of spirituality emerging in Protestant worship and will offer participants an opportunity to enter into holy conversation with worship leaders and ministry colleagues. Participants will explore present and emerging patterns of worship and then gauge the appropriateness and effectiveness of those patterns when applied in particular settings and communities. For more information or registration, contact Pam Naplen at: email@example.com or go to Worship Patterns.
2010 African-American Women’s Leadership Conference
August 5-7, 2010
Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center will host “The Strong Black Woman – a Gentle Force for God,” an African-American Women’s Leadership Conference. African-American women are welcome to attend this conference, whether clergy or lay persons. The women will discuss life issues such as health, spirituality and family from a distinctively African-American female perspective and share approaches to assist them in dealing with the relevant issues in their lives and the impact being grounded in their faith can have upon these issues. Conference speakers include several powerful African-American women who have been influential in the church and other venues, including Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes of Durham. More information about the conference, including speaker biographies, schedule, and registration information can be found at African-American women’s conference, or by calling Pam Naplen at 828-454-6656. Register by June 12 and take advantage of the early registration fee of only $129. After June 12, the cost is $159.