WASHINGTON, D.C. - The General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) has opened registration for "Facing the Future: Cross-Racial/Cross-Cultural Appointments in a Global Church," May 16-18 at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel in Los Angeles. The highly anticipated spring 2011 event is co-hosted by the General Board of Higher Education & Ministry (GBHEM) and includes pre-events on May 15, providing an eight-hour seminar on cross-cultural competency and a Teaching Church Site Experience.
"This event is in response to the increasing number of racial ethnic persons seeking entry into the ordained ministry of our denomination," says GCORR General Secretary Erin M. Hawkins. "The reality that global migration is presenting us with new opportunities and challenges for reaching out to new communities, makes this event a necessity for any church leader seriously committed to growing The United Methodist Church in the 21st century."
Key presenter and co-author of Many Faces One Church: A Manual for Cross-Racial and Cross-Cultural Ministry, Bishop Ernest S. Lyght anticipates that "participants in the event will come with the necessary energy and interest to cause them to have an open mind, an open heart, so that they can become instruments of opening new doors."
The face of the future is changing. This event is designed to help church leaders, both clergy and laity, to obtain the new skills, insights, ideas, and commitments that will prepare The United Methodist Church to face this future boldly.
"We have the ability as The United Methodist Church to do wonderful work in cross-racial/cross-cultural appointments if we choose to do so," says Randy Cross, assistant general secretary for clergy supervision and accountability, GBHEM.
The event will feature special learning tracks designed for bishops and Cabinets, Boards of Ordained Ministries, clergy and laity, and will bring together experts at all levels of the cross-racial/cross-cultural appointment process using an Appreciative Inquiry Process to:
- Resource and train leaders impacting CR/CC appointments to be effective in their roles;
- Create a community for connection and dialogue on issues relating to CR/CC appointments;
- Provide response and remedy to systemic roadblocks that impact effective CR/CC appointments;
- Hear the stories of bishops, DSes, BOOMs, pastors, and laity who have experienced the joy and pain of CR/CC appointments and who have wisdom to share;
- Create new language and new ways of engaging race, gender, and culture issues, moving the church to greater relevance in addressing these issues especially as they relate to CR/CC appointments.
"This is about creating the holy space to allow new language and new ways of engaging our clergy and laity around the appointment process as it relates to race, gender and cultural issues," says Hawkins.
Register now and save! Early registration ends Feb. 28.
Early Registration: through Feb. 28, 2011, $250
Regular Registration: March 1-April 15, 2011, $300
Click on www.gcorr.org/crccevent to visit GCORR's new site dedicated to "Facing the Future," to register and find the schedule and information about event presenters and pre-event activities.