You’ve made it through the season when many feel burned out, exhausted, and seeking ways to breathe new life into your ministry. I ask you, “Where is home?” Where can you exhale, share stories, and be rejuvenated for the weeks and months ahead?
To share ideas with others who desire to live in a more just and equitable world and explore how the principles of community organizing–listening and building relationships–can give us tools for speaking and acting and risk, in the words of John Lewis “getting into good trouble.”
Studies have shown that people in crisis will more often initially seek out a faith leader (which includes Christian educators) than a therapist. This means that we need to be equipped to respond and to educate. This workshop will help us recognize and build on the strengths we may already have in place to support mental health in our congregations, and will give us ideas for expanding these supports.
I believe Jesus has spoken to us words that now echo through the wisdom of Bishop Woods; we must learn to bend without breaking. There is a certain unforced rhythm or pace that emerges when heeding these words, and I am looking forward to further unpacking this theme with each one of you who will be attending the APCE Annual Event this January.
You said “yes” to the call to serve as a Sunday school teacher, but now what? This workshop will explore the call to serve as it takes you beyond preparing the Sunday school lesson.
Advocate Ministry Team members reached out to Annual Event 2023 Workshop Leaders to tell us more about what they are looking forward to offering in their workshops.
Everywhere, the Spirit whispers: Let go. Grieve. Walk and work with me. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.
When we, the church, reach out to help others, we tend to follow traditional protocols–as if assistance is one size fits all. And why would we not? After all, all things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to God’s purpose, right? (Romans 8:28)
Imagine that a more just world is possible. A world without poverty is possible. But first, WE have to imagine it.