Living Hearts, Minds, and Spirit

On Saturday, June 16th from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. the 2018 Annual Conference will take part in a set of learning experiences to live out the theme of "Do this and you shall live." These experiences offer several kinds of "doing," from advocacy to personal development to building skills for use in your local church. See descriptions below and mark your preferred choice on your Annual Conference Session registration to help leaders plan for the right size group.

Learning Experience Options:

  1. How Christians Can Respond to the Palestine/Israel Conflict
  2. Making Generosity a Joy
  3. Grateful Living: Developing a Grateful Journaling Practice
  4. Boise Pride Parade
  5. The Culture Shaping Church
  6. Intercultural Competency Training

1.  How Christians Can Respond to the Palestine/Israel Conflict

For many, the “situation” in Palestine/Israel is too big to easily wrap one’s mind around. There are so many perspectives, so many views of “the truth” that it is difficult to discern those things that should matter most to Christians – and indeed to all faiths that hold this land as “Holy.” 

Alex AwadPresenter: Rev. Alex Awad, a Palestinian Christian and retired GBGM missionary who served as Dean of Bethlehem Bible College for more than 30 years, will share his unique perspective on how the conflict developed, as well as how we, as people of faith, can make a difference in this troubled place. An internationally known speaker and writer, Rev. Awad is the author of two books and numerous articles on the conflict and on Christians in the Holy Land, theology of the Land, Christian Zionism and interfaith dialogue.

2.  Making Generosity a Joy

Cesie Delve ScheuermannDo you dread the thought of asking for money? Does your congregation dread the thought of you asking for money? Here’s the good news: it doesn’t have to be that way. Come learn about and share ways to change the culture in your congregation from anxiety to joy and increase generosity…without a lot of effort. We’ll specifically look at ways to tell your story and thank your faithful givers. Fear be banished.

Presenter: Cesie Delve Scheuermann has been writing her weekly blog “Inspiring Generosity” on for five years. In addition to consulting with laity and clergy, Cesie also works for a number of non-profits by writing grants, composing appeal letters, and thanking donors.

3.  Grateful Living: Developing a Grateful Journaling Practice.

The overall objective of this workshop is to walk out with ideas and a plan for a regular gratefulness journaling practice. The objectives of the workshop are for participants to identify the benefits of gratefulness and to begin developing a practice of grateful living; to develop a gratefulness journaling strategy; to practice gratefulness journaling; and to make commitments to themselves.

Meister Eckhart, 13th century mystic:
      “If the only prayer you ever say in your life is thank you, it will be enough.”

John Wesley, 18th century founder of Methodism:
       “Thanksgiving is inseparable from prayer.”

Reverend Brian Thom (Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of Idaho):
      Greeting at the 35th Multi-faith Thanksgiving Service, 2017, Cathedral of the Rockies, Boise-- “Gratitude is the beginning of transformation…every time we express a single gratitude we take a step closer to God.”

Michael KrothPresenter: Michael Kroth has written or co-authored five books including Transforming Work: The Five Keys to Achieving Trust, Commitment, and Passion in the Workplace (2001), with Patricia Boverie; The Manager as Motivator (2006); Career Development Basics (2009), with McKay Christensen; and Managing the Mobile Workforce: Leading, Building, and Sustaining Virtual Teams, with David Clemons. Stories of Transformative Learning (2014), co-authored with Patricia Cranton, is his latest book. Michael is an Associate Professor at the University of Idaho-Boise, in the Adult, Organizational Learning and Leadership program. He is a past member of the National Association of Speakers. He is a member of Boise First, The Cathedral of the Rockies.

4.  Boise Pride Parade

Pridefest LogoWith Annual Conference happening during Boise Pridefest 2018, you are invited to join in the festivities by marching in the Pride Parade! Show Boise that United Methodists have open hearts by wearing your UM logos, bringing your church banners (from Oregon or Idaho), and more! More details about the parade route will be available soon.

Coordinator: Rev. Brenda Sene, pastor of Hillview United Methodist Church (Boise)

Hillview UMC is currently Idaho's only Reconciling congregation, yet we are not alone! Our congregation is in the parade annually, and we're excited to welcome many of our United Methodist kindred from around the conference to join us in showing God's unconditional love for all.

5.  The Culture Shaping Church

Take a look at creative ideas on how the church can engage culture through new models to understand their communities. Using innovative approaches like co-work spaces, coffee shops, food trucks, and affordable housing as connection points to everyday life, we will look at ways for the church to be present seven days a week. 

Leroy BarberPresenter: Dr. Leroy Barber is the Congregational Developer for Vitality in the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference and is a part of the Greater NW Area Innovation-Inclusion Team. Leroy has served as a program director for and pastor of various non-profits from Georgia to Philadelphia and now Portland. For more than 25 years he’s worked with programs aimed at eradicating poverty, confronting homelessness, restoring local neighborhoods, healing racism, and living into beloved community.

6.  Intercultural Competency Training

Are you interested in connecting with a changing mission field and building vital churches? Is your faith community becoming more diverse, requiring you to think about new ways to do ministry cross-culturally and to embrace diversity? In our changing world, this isn’t an option, but an opportunity. Conflicts, challenges and other things rise up when you reach out to your community in new ways. It is easy for people to assume that “It is because of cultural differences.” In this workshop, the Commission on Religion and Race and the Inter-Cultural Competency training team will facilitate and share the tools they have developed for the church to address these diverse cultural settings, including mutual invitation, cultural iceberg, meal time meditation, etc.

Kalina Malua KatoaPresenters: Pastor Kalina Malua-Katoa is the Chairperson of the Annual Conference Committee on Religion and Race (CORR) and has served congregations in cross-cultural settings since 2013. Rev. June Fothergill has served churches in both Oregon and Idaho and has been the coordinator for the annual conference’s Inter-cultural Competency Training Project since 2011. June also served as pastor at Wilder UMC during the early years of the Amistad de Fe Hispanic ministry.

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