Western Jurisdiction Advocates Gather to Renew, Engage, and Lead

October 08, 2013

Los Angeles, CA – Justice-seeking United Methodists from the eight annual conferences of the Western Jurisdiction will gather at Zephyr Point Conference Center in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, for a Labor Day weekend retreat, Stepping Out In Faith, from August 29 to Sept 1, 2014.
This retreat will give United Methodists in the Western Jurisdiction – and friends from across the Connection – a chance to experience the profound unity that binds us together in the midst of our amazing diversity. Stepping Out in Faith will include opportunities for: inspirational worship, action-oriented Bible study, focused conversation/action tracks on key social justice issues of the day, enlivening entertainment, invigorating relationships, and good food, along with free time to enjoy the wonders of Lake Tahoe.
Stepping Out in Faith is for people of all ages and stages. Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center is fully handicap accessible. Additional information on the retreat program and registration will be provided on the WMJM website: wmjm.org.
This retreat is sponsored by the Western Methodist Justice Movement (WMJM), United Methodists seeking to build a multi-cultural and inclusive community of jurisdictional leaders and advocates who will work in diverse settings for local and global justice.  The WMJM consists primarily of Action Networks focused on diverse action areas. These currently include: compassionate US immigration policies, fully inclusive UMC ministries, human rights in the Philippines, a just peace for Israel-Palestine, reproductive justice, extravagant hospitality in our churches, and the worldwide nature and future of the UMC.
The seeds for the WMJM were planted at the Western Jurisdictional Conference of 2012 (WJC 2012) in San Diego, California, during a pre-conference gathering in which progressive United Methodists from across the Western Jurisdiction gathered in working groups and drafted several resolutions on current issues of concern that subsequently were adopted by the WJC 2012. United Methodists in the WMJM are committed to carrying out the prophetic statements and actions of the Western Jurisdictional Conference.
For more information about the WMJM and the 2014 retreat Stepping Out In Faith, contact WMJM Convener, Rev. Frank Wulf: (cell) 310-535-5502 or (email) revfrankwulf@gmail.com.