Annual Conference Session 2015
Make plans now to join Great Plains United Methodists June 10-13, 2015, at the Century II Convention Center in Wichita, Kansas.
Our Annual Conference Session will feature Minnesota Conference Bishop Bruce Ough and Ms. Stephanie Hixon, executive director of JustPeace. Preaching and teaching will focus on unity in the midst of controversy and change. The 2015 conference agenda includes voting for delegates to the 2016 General Conference, as well as the usual business of the Annual Conference Session. Our guests will play a role in teaching us the Wesleyan way of being Christians in holy conversations.
Preconference resources will offer resolutions, candidates for consideration and additional ways in which we can work together.
Bishop Bruce Ough
As the resident bishop of the Dakotas-Minnesota Area of The United Methodist Church since 2012, Bishop Ough (pronounced “oh”) is the spiritual leader for United Methodists in the Dakotas and Minnesota conferences. Ough also serves as bishop for 18,500 United Methodists in 336 congregations in Vietnam, Thailand, and Laos. For the next four years Ough is chair of the 59-member Connectional Table, which coordinates The United Methodist Church’s mission, ministry and resources. Bishop Ough has a keen interest in the worldwide nature of the church. A 1973 graduate of North Dakota State University, Bishop Ough received the M.Div. degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 1978.
Executive director of JustPeace Center for Mediation and Conflict Transformation in the UMC, co-author of The Journey: Forgiveness, Restorative Justice and Reconciliation, and trained facilitator in severely conflicted situations, Stephanie Hixon has extensive experience with strategies and processes to assist institutions and communities to foster environments of mutual respect and regard for all people. Stephanie believes local churches can be centers of relational healing and peacebuilding for their members as well as the neighborhoods in which they reside.
As Christians we are called to a life-long journey of practicing forgiveness, justice and reconciliation in our relational lives. Stephanie's study book, published by the Women's Division of the United Methodist Church, takes restorative justice from spiritual concept to tangible, practical life skill.