On Friday afternoon at Annual Conference attendees will immerse themselves in an afternoon of service and advocacy in the Denver metro area focusing on issues of food security and clean water.
To help you understand this project to a greater level of detail, below are responses to the most frequently asked questions.
1. Why are we doing this?
Bishop Karen Oliveto established “Living Into Beloved Community” as the overarching theme of our programmatic ministries for the next four years. The 2017 focus is on securing access to food and clean water.
A significant part of “Living into Beloved Community” is taking action. While we are gathered at the Annual Conference session, attendees will share their time and talents to make a significant difference in the community in direct action by an afternoon of service and advocacy in the Denver metro area.
2. What is the agenda for the day?
After the Clergy and Laity Sessions end at 11:30 a.m. conference attendees will gather at the bus loading area on the south side of the hotel. Attendees will load buses and vans to take them to the specific site in the area that they selected. Project sites are scattered across the Denver area, but in almost all cases, the bus ride to the location should be less than 30 min. At 4 p.m. the buses will pick the conference attendees up and take them back to the hotel arriving at approximately 4:30 p.m.
3. What arrangements will there be for transportation?
Attendees will travel by Conference-arranged bus or van to and from the immersion site locations. After the Clergy and Laity Sessions end at 11:30 a.m. conference attendees will gather at the bus loading area on the south side of the hotel. Project sites are scattered across the Denver area, but in almost all cases, the bus ride to the location should be less than 30 min. If you have special accessibility needs for getting on or off a bus or van, please indicate those on the form when you sign-up.
4. What arrangements will there be for lunch?
Lunch will be part of the immersion experience and will align with the focus of the specific project. To help offset the costs of the lunch and contribute to the organizations that we are working with, a donation of $10 is suggested. Donations can be made online when signing up for the immersion experience or by cash or check (payable to RMCUMC) during the immersion project.
5. What will happen at each project site?
Please refer to the list of Immersion Projects for descriptions of the activities for each site.
6. What type of clothing and footwear should we have while participating in this project?
Please refer to the project descriptions for specific needs at each location. For those working outside we encourage you to wear sturdy shoes and a hat, and bring sunscreen, work gloves and water bottle. For those working indoors, sturdy shoes and a water bottle will be helpful.
7. Will there be a time to share our Immersion Project experiences?
Yes, there are two avenues to share experiences from your Immersion Project. During the Saturday morning session, where you will have to opportunity to share your personal thoughts and experiences with others. You will be given a note card as you board the bus with four questions that you will be asked to consider during this experience. Bring this card to the Saturday morning session with your notes to discuss with others.
In addition, each team will have a “Team Recorder” who will be assigned to take pictures and write a story about the team’s experience with the immersion project.
8. I have accessibility needs or physical restrictions, can I still participate?
Yes. There are two options that are accessible and do not require physical labor. These are the “The World of Local Food” seminar and the “Advocacy” session. If you have special accessibility needs for getting on or off a bus or van, please indicate those on the form when you sign-up.
9. Is there going to be childcare provided on the afternoon of the Immersion Project?
Yes, childcare will be provided at the Denver Marriott. In case of emergency, there will be transportation available to take parents or guardians back to the hotel from each project site.
10. Is there a way that I can help with this project?
Yes, for each group we will need one “Team Captain” and one “Team Recorder”. The Team Captain will be responsible for liaison with the appropriate staff contacts at the site, tracking the team members getting on and off the buses, and serving as the contact point at the site for the team. The Team Recorder will take pictures at the site and write notes about the experience. If you are interested in helping please indicate this on the sign-up form.