Submitted by Rev. Dr. Donald E. Messer
Chair, United Methodist Association of Retired Clergy & Friends
Various visions of how to achieve inclusiveness in The United Methodist Church will be discussed and debated by laity and clergy at the upcoming inclusiveness III Conference, Friday, Dec. 6, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, at St. Andrews UMC, Highlands Ranch. Late registrations are still be accepting and live streaming information are both available at www.umarc.org
Rev. Dr. Mark Holland, Executive Director of Mainstream UMC, will provide the keynote address, examining various plans being presented at the upcoming General Conference in 2020. During Holland's workshop, Rev. Darren Cushman, will be a special guest, advocating the Indianapolis Plan, which encourages a denominational schism. Opportunities will be provided for participants to examine different alternatives and approaches.
Bishop Karen Oliveto of the Mountain Sky Conference will share her vision and the direction that is being advanced in the Western Jurisdiction. Conference delegates and local church leaders will share their perspectives and plans. Pastoral counselor specialist, Dr. Joretta Marshall, Brite School of Theology, will share her expertise on resistance and resilience in the life of the church.
"At this 'kairos' moment in the life of the church," said the Rev. Dr. Messer, "the United Methodist Association of Retired Clergy & Friends seeks to provide a forum of education and inspiration that will encourage our local and conference leaders to embrace a vision of inclusiveness as old as the Gospel and as new as the movement of the Holy Spirit in contemporary culture."