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Clergy get lowdown on ABCD at Orders & Fellowship

Clergy get lowdown on ABCD at Orders & Fellowship

1/22/2020
Presenters during the 2020 Orders & Fellowship gathering asked clergy to adhere to one unofficial rule.  Any time the words “need” or “needy” were uttered, the clergy in the sanctuary at Lincoln St. Mark’s United Methodist Church on Jan. 14-15 were encouraged to boo.  Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. introduces, from left, Daryl Answer, the Rev. Rachel Metheny and the Rev. Mike Mather at the opening of Orders & Fellowship at Lincoln St. Mark's UMC. Photos by David Burke Such is the way of ...

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Barlow-Thompson preaches on the power of neighboring

Barlow-Thompson preaches on the power of neighboring

1/21/2020
When he started discussing Asset-Based Community Development with people a decade ago, the Rev. Adam Barlow-Thompson said, “their eyes would glaze over.”  Rev. Adam Barlow-Thompson, co-founder of The Neighboring Movement, delivers the opening sermon at Orders & Fellowship. Photo by David Burke Barlow-Thompson -- co-founder of The Neighboring Movement, known in Wichita as SoCe Life -- began the 2020 Orders & Fellowship Gathering with a sermon that emphasized the simplest form of ABCD: ...

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Bishop discusses protocol plan with Great Plains clergy

Bishop discusses protocol plan with Great Plains clergy

1/21/2020
The Jan. 3 announcement of the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation came as a surprise to many United Methodists, including Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr.  “Everyone was caught off guard, including many on the Council of Bishops,” the Great Plains Conference episcopal leader told clergy during the 2020 Orders & Fellowship clergy training event at Lincoln St. Mark’s UMC. The bishop provided a time of explanation and questions following the close of Wednesday’s session for clergy ...

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