Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr., resident bishop for the San Francisco Area of The United Methodist Church, will welcome United Methodist communicators from around the country to his home Conference next week.
The United Methodist Association of Communicators (UMAC) will convene in San Francisco October 19-22.
This year the annual meeting will open with a worship service, led by the bishop, in the open air United Nations Plaza. Afterward the communicators will embark on a tour of United Methodist ministries with the homeless and poor, immigrants, students, women and children, and members of the LGBT community in San Francisco.
Keynote speaker will be author, artist and Episcopal priest, Rev. Eric Law of Kaleidoscope Institute.
Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton and The Rev. Larry Hollon, UM General Secretary for Communications, will address the group at lunch on Thursday, sharing news about the Imagine No Malaria campaign.
Several local church communicators from the California-Nevada Annual Conference will join in the meeting's two days of workshops.
"I am excited that these church communicators are coming aboard to take advantage of the tremendous resources UMAC offers," said Cal-Nev Communications Director Cate Monaghan, who is vice president of the organization. "I believe it truly was one of those 'God's timing' things, that our Conference is hosting this event in the same year our Annual Conference Session voted to require churches to name a communications coordinator.
"The Conference Communications Commission and my office are committed to working alongside church communicators to help extend the ministry of our churches to those hungry to be reached. And since so much is changing in terms of the ways people are able to, and want to, receive information, if we're going to 'Rethink Church,' 'rethinking communication' has to be a vital part of our efforts."
All United Methodist Church communicators at the local, district, Annual Conference, and General Church levels are eligible for membership in UMAC, as are all United Methodists working in secular communications-related fields.
Some portions of the annual meeting will be streamed live. Visit the UMAC website at http://umcommunicators.org/ for more information. A schedule of live stream events will be posted next week.