How to 'Do Good' Better

March 13, 2009

Learn how to "do good" - better. Sign up for "100 Villages Liberated: Dialogue and Practices for Sustainable Community Empowerment," a free one-day training taking place next month in West Sacramento.


Sponsored by California-Nevada United Methodist Volunteers in Mission and the Angola Partnership Committee, the training will be Saturday, April 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the UM Center (Room C), 1276 Halyard Drive, West Sacramento, CA 95691. It targets pastors, lay leaders, and mission team leaders who want to facilitate community dialogue that can lead to empowered and thriving communities - internationally and here at home.


A lunch with Angolan flavors will be served at no charge to participants. However, donations will be accepted ($25 is suggested) to support mission expenses for this same training to be offered in Luanda, Angola this year. Bishop Gaspar Domingos of West Angola United Methodist Conference has invited the Rev. Dr. Rob Jennings-Teats to provide the training to pastors, lay leaders, health workers, and Conference staff in Angola, as part of John Wesley Days, an annual leadership development event there.


In his 10 years with the ecumenical organization Institute of Cultural Affairs International, Jennings-Teats worked with villages to overcome the most critical roadblocks to their becoming healthy and thriving communities. He trained pastors and other village leaders in dialogue and practices which led to communities taking charge of their own future - and he's offering to share that expertise with us. Jennings-Teats' practical tools will help clergy and laity in Cal-Nevada facilitate community development: through mission trips and in their home communities, as well.


Through lecture, guided dialogues and role plays, you will learn how to invite communities to identify their needs and overcome obstacles to improvement, and will help a community develop a plan that empowers them to take control of their health care and remove the economic barriers keeping them in poverty. 


A minimum of 12 participants is needed to guarantee this event - and there is room for 50! You don't want to miss it: Please register today with the UMVIM office at, 916-374-1582.