“Finding Peace in an Anxious World,” first presented in winter 2021, offered ways to identify and overcome anxiety within ourselves. Building on that, this study will present new material and will offer an updated interpretation, exploring how to build and sustain peace beginning within our immediate families and on into the world around us. The 2024 presidential campaign season, other political candidate contests, world dynamics, the ongoing Ukraine/Russia war, drug abuse, economics, gun control, family issues and mental health topics are all in the forefront of news, social media, and more. We plan to offer tools to help participants calm their anxieties, but more importantly, we will focus on how we can use our faith to build and sustain a non-anxious way of spiritually navigating our lives.
The virtual study addresses anxieties in a solid, down-to-earth manner. We will explore ways to discover peace through spiritual disciplines and the use of caring, creative ways to face conflict, as we strive to be instruments of God’s peace. A time for informal conversation will be offered from 1:30 to 2:00 p.m., just prior to each study session. There is no registration fee.
If you did not participate in the first study, you are encouraged to purchase the book “Finding Peace in an Anxious World” and read it prior to the event. It is available on Kindle. The class is ecumenical and is open to all men and women. The link to the online registration form is at https://mtnsky-reg.brtapp.com
The MSC Mission Team and United Women in Faith offer the MSC Cooperative Mission u.
(The conference spans Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, Utah, and includes one church in Salmon, Idaho.) The conference is committed to ongoing education in the areas of social justice, mercy, and local and global mission. These study sessions are not evangelism events but are intended to provide education and spiritual calm around important cultural topics.
The Rev. Su DeBree will lead this event. Rev. DeBree served congregations across Wyoming and western Montana before retiring to Helena four years ago. She grew up in Ronan, Montana, graduated from the University of Montana in 1965, and was an educator in Alaska and Montana. She worked as a health educator for the Lewis and Clark City-County Health Department before following her call to ministry in 1987. Su and her husband Ken raised a “quilted” family of six children on his family ranch in the mountains outside of Helena and were active members of St. Paul’s UMC. She has seven grandchildren and six great-grands and is having a wonderful time going to band concerts and learning how to ride a bike again! She provides a home for two young women from Ethiopia who are Carroll College students. Su is still actively involved in camping ministries as secretary for the Luccock Camp Board and president of the Flathead Lake United Methodist Camp Board. She helps with the UWF local, district, and Conference events. She is looking forward to this study in February 2024 and the UWF Fairmont retreat in April 2024.
Mountain Sky Conference (MSC) of the United Methodist Church Mission Team and MSC United Women in Faith -- Contact: Kathryn Witte,402-499-1009.