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Together Again: A District Day
Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

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Gresham First United Methodist Church
620 NW 8th St
Gresham, OR 97030

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Brandon Rhodes

May 21st | 9am to 4pm | Gresham UMC

Lunch included | $50 | Register

In the two years since we were last able to gather together in person, much simmering injustice surfaced. The murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor accelerated the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, in turn igniting Methodists across the Conference to take up anti-racism work as gospel work. And as workplaces slowly opened back up, many saw with new clarity the ruthlessness of their workplaces and companies, and said No more. Some of our churches are have begun to dabble in social enterprise, to build an economy that works for everyone.

As pastors and church officers, you are invited to a day together at Gresham United Methodist Church to go deeper in living faithfully in a racially violent world and dysfunctional economy. Our guides for these conversations will be District Lay Leader Cynthia MacLeod and Dr. Dave Kresta. Every church who sends at least two members to participate will receive two copies of Dave Kresta's book, Jesus on Main Street: Good News Through Community Economic Development.

Black femme smiling in pink sweaterCynthia MacLeod: "Let's Learn to Talk About Race"
This session is an opportunity to engage in an introductory, hands-on, personal experience talking about race. Participants will engage in individual reflection, as well as in discussions in pairs, small groups, and the large group.

Cynthia MacLeod has worked in public elementary education since the 1970's, both in the classroom and on district committees. Cynthia co-directed the Oregon Writing Project from 1996 to 2000. In 1996 she received the National Milken Educator Award. Cynthia was principal of Irvington K-8 for 11 years until retiring in 2012. She was Assistant Director of Equity Professional Development for PPS from 2013 to 2020. She continues her racial equity work as a consultant and facilitator. She holds several offices at Fremont United Methodist Church, including as lay leader. Cynthia is also the Columbia District Lay Leader.

White masc smiling in dress shirtDr. Dave Kresta: "Following Jesus down Main Street: Good news through community economic development"
Imagine walking with Jesus down your community’s Main Street. Would you weep together as you jump over the cracks chiseled by the invisible hand of the market? Jesus is calling us to reimagine local economies! Discover how churches are taking holistic Community Economic Development (CED) principles to heart, collaborating with their community to provide workforce development, business incubation, accountable development interventions, and more. Learn about the importance of “decentering” your church by investing in a CED ecosystem, building capacity for long-term equitable economic growth, catalyzing a movement of business and job creation that does not leave anybody behind. Come away with tools and inspiration to walk with Jesus on Main Street.

Dave Kresta (PhD, Urban Studies) is an adjunct professor at Portland State University and a Fellow at the Ormond Center at Duke Divinity School. His work centers on making Jesus followers indispensable members of communities where all can thrive. He specializes in reimagining religious spaces; community economic development; neighborhood change, poverty, and gentrification; and research and data-driven insights. His first book, Jesus on Main Street: Good News Through Community Economic Development, debuted last year.

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