The Pacific Islander National Caucus of United Methodists (PINCUM) announces a two-day consultation, "Mana, God Among Us," at the Radisson Hotel LAX in Los Angeles, February 3-4, 2010. The event will bring together Pacific Islander (PI) clergy and lay leaders to celebrate and to provide information to be used for development of a study plan for PI ministries.
General Conference 2008 approved the Pacific Island Ministry Study Plan, paving the way for development of a comprehensive plan for ministries among Pacific Islanders. The General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) assumed administration of the project, and has been in collaboration with PINCUM to develop the plan for presentation at the 2012 General Conference.
The Pacific Island Ministry Study Plan Committee will bear the cost of transportation and room and board for two people (ideally, one clergy and one layperson) from each PI congregation, and for any PI clergy serving in a non-PI setting, to attend the consultation.
To facilitate arrangements for attendees, GBGM has set up a travel administrator and agent to handle the travel needs for those flying into Los Angeles.
Please provide names and travel details for attendees right away, by contacting:
· Rev. Nam-Jin Jun, GBGM staff for the Pacific Island Ministry Study Plan Committee, at 212.870.3829 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rev. Dr. Eddie Kelemeni, Chair of the Pacific Island Ministry Study Plan Committee, urges Pacific Islanders to participate.
"GBGM and other general agencies of the UMC have embraced us and it is now it is our turn to do our part by making sure that we are a part of this Plan. The only sure way to do this is to be present and accounted for," he says.
"Please join us," he urges, adding, "Until then, please hold us up in prayer as we move forward in this historical venture for the PI people of the UMC."