Great Plains Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. and retired Bishop Ann Sherer-Simpson will address the church’s role in the era of #MeToo in the annual “For the Transformation of the World” event, Oct. 27 at Lexington (Nebraska) First United Methodist Church.
For the Transformation of the World is an Annual Mercy & Justice educational event that is organized to equip and resource Great Plains congregations and communities to engage and address specific social justice issues affecting our mission field. Besides Bishop Saenz and Bishop Sherer-Simpson, this year’s event will be feature a staff person from General Board of Church and Society, and Gerise Herndon, a faculty member from Nebraska Wesleyan University.
In the era of #MeToo our news outlets are flooded with stories of sexual harassment, assault and abuse where high-profile men across many industries, from Hollywood stars to top media personalities, politicians, schools, and even religious institutions, have used their position to dehumanize our sisters, the church must employ her prophet voice to challenge the system and her healing power to support the victims. As United Methodists one of our core missional practices is social holiness, which calls us to use our faith in Jesus Christ to transform the community and bring about God’s peaceable kingdom where all of God’s children experience abundant life.
"For the Transformation of the World" is a Great Plains Conference Mercy & Justice Team yearly educational event.
This year's event features a panel discussion with Bishop Saenz, Bishop Ann Sherer-Simpson, staff from GBCS and faculty from Nebraska Wesleyan University-Lincoln.
Lunch is provided. Participants will have their choice of afternoon workshops on issues related to women’s leadership or sexual violence against women in schools, workplace or church and the Biblical way to address these issues.
Complimentary lodging available at Camp Comeca for those traveling 200 miles or more. Email Donna Ernest for details: firstname.lastname@example.org