Western Jurisdiction event in February to help realize inclusiveness vision for the Church

November 30, 2007

Register now to attend Living Our Vision, a Western Jurisdiction event taking place Feb. 1-3, 2008, at Centennial United Methodist Church, Sacramento, California.


The 2000 Western Jurisdictional Conference of the United Methodist Church adopted a vision for inclusiveness in the church. The February event – appropriately titled “Living Our Vision: Leadership Skills for an Inclusive Church” – is designed to build cultural competency skills to realize that vision. (You'll find the Living Our Vision Registration link on the Home Page.)


Lay and clergy in leadership positions in Conference or denominational structures and persons who are ministering cross-culturally are encouraged to attend – along with anyone curious about his or her abilities to connect, in a real way, with those of different cultures.


The conference is designed to promote self-awareness, teach development tasks, and provide methods for cross-cultural communication.


It will feature California-Nevada Conference Bishop Beverly J. Shamana, who is President of the General Board of Church and Society, serves on the Connectional Table, and chairs the General Conference Worship Committee for the Council of Bishops.


Dr. Mitch Hammer – an author, professor, and president of several consultation and training companies – will provide the keynote address. He specializes in helping individuals, teams, and organizations more effectively resolve conflicts across cultures and in 1992 received the Senior Interculturalist Award of Achievement from the Society of Intercultural Education, Training and Research. Dr. Hammer frequently provides analysis for the national and international news media.


Other participants include the Rev. Keith Andrew Hwang, Executive Director of Connectional Ministries for the California-Pacific Annual Conference, Keith Yamamoto of the Kaleidoscope Institute, and Francisca (Franki) Trujillo-Dalbey, a faculty adviser and trainer for the Intercultural Communication Institute.


The “Living Our Vision” conference is a partnership of the United Methodist Western Jurisdictional College of Bishops, Western Jurisdiction Inter-Ethnic Coordinating Committee, the General Board of Church and Society, and the General Commission on Religion and Race.


Download brochure here.


For more information contact Kristina Gonzalez, Associate Director of Connectional Ministries for the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church, at (800) 755-7710, Ext. 309.