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Convocation & Pastors’ School | Life That Really Is Life: Cultivating Thriving Communities
When
Monday, October 7, 2019 at 10:00 AM to Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 5:00 PM

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Duke Divinity School
407 Chapel Dr.
Duke Box #90968
Durham, NC 27708

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Phone
919-613-5323

Email
events@div.duke.edu

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Duke Divinity School

We invite you to attend Convocation & Pastors’ School, Oct. 7-8, 2019 at Duke Divinity School. This intensive two-day conference features nationally renowned speakers, powerful lectures, inspiring worship, and thought-provoking seminars. Register by Aug. 31 to take advantage of early bird pricing.

This year, we focus on Life That Really is Life: Cultivating Thriving Communities. Christian congregations, led by gifted clergy, are integral to the formation of thriving communities. When congregations and pastors are faithful and focused on God’s dreams, they can be exceptional catalysts, conveners, and curators, drawing people together across diverse sectors, generations, and neighborhoods.

Featured presenters:

  • David Brooks, NY Times Columnist, Commentator & Author of The Second Mountain
  • Krista Tippet, Peabody Award-winning Broadcaster & NY Times Bestselling Author
  • Kate Bowler, NY Times Best Selling Author & Associate Professor of Christian History, Duke Divinity
  • Ralph West, Founder and Senior Pastor of The Church Without Walls, will serve as convocation preacher
  • Patrick West, Associate Research Professor of Theological Ethics & Bioethics, Duke Divinity
  • L. Gregory Jones, Dean of the Divinity School and Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams Jr. Distinguished Professor of Theology and Christian Ministry
  • Anne Snyder Brooks, Editor, Comment Magazine & Author of The Fabric of Character

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A Summons to Witness, Protest, and Promise

We give thanks for this Summons to Witness, Protest and Promise written by the cabinet of the North Carolina Conference.  In our ongoing collaboration, we affirm these words alongside them.  Across our state, we invite all United Methodists to be a part of building “the new world God promises as heaven in time descends to earth.” (Revelation 21)

A Summons to Witness, Protest, & Promise

We, United Methodists in The Western North Carolina Conference, join our voices with The North Carolina Conference in witness, protest and promise in these times of violence against our Black brothers and sisters.

We believe. . .

We believe that the Holy Spirit is indeed poured out upon all people.
We believe that in baptism, we are incorporated into God’s mighty acts of salvation, and commissioned to resist evil, injustice and oppression, in whatever forms they present themselves.
We believe that God’s intent for humanity is community, compassion, and holiness, and that justice has been marred by the history of enslavement and racism.
We believe that repentance is urgent for the historic and ongoing violence against Black girls and boys, men and women.
We believe that in the wounding of Black bodies we see Christ crucified.
We believe that those who have been steeped in white privilege, through repentance, can be transformed into humble servants of the living God.
We believe we are called to work for the day when God’s will is done on earth as it is in heaven.

We protest. . .
We protest violent murders of Black men and women, most recently Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd.
We protest the narratives of fear and suspicion that divide people from one another.
We protest our historic failure to ensure all our churches are places of hospitality, welcome, and belonging for our Black brothers and sisters.
We protest the historic and continuing suppression of voting and other basic rights.
We protest all incendiary public leadership in this time of crisis and turmoil.
We protest the lack of will in our communities, our state and our country to protect the lives of our Black brothers and sisters, and especially the most vulnerable, the young and the old.

We promise. . .
We promise to use our voices, resources and power to dismantle white privilege and racist systems, especially within our own United Methodist Church.
We promise to read the Scripture with ear and eye attentive to the continued call toward God’s will for all people.
We promise to exercise the right to vote and to work against voter suppression.
We promise to create around ourselves at all times hospitable space for all people.
We promise to name prejudice when we see it and to receive the correction of others who see prejudice in us.
We promise to be life-long learners, to constantly make adjustments in the way we use our power and influence, to be active participants in the building of the beloved community, and ultimately growing always in holiness toward the perfection we see in Christ.

Signed,

Bishop Paul Leeland
Laura Auten
Carl Arrington
Michael Bailey
David Christy
Amy Coles
Bev Coppley
Beth Crissman
Otto Harris
David Hockett
Kim Ingram
Linda Kelly
Mark King
Melissa McGill
Samuel Moore, Jr.
Dan Pezet
Mark Ralls
David Snipes
Caroline Wood
Jane Wood

Hope Morgan Ward
Tim Russell
Edie Gleaves
Ray Broadwell
Gil Wise
Gray Southern
Mike Frese
Kenneth Locklear
Randy Innes
Linda Taylor
Dena White
Tara Lain
Ismael Ruiz-Millan
Jon Strother
Beth Hood
Lisa Yebuah
Greg Moore
Steve Taylor

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