Center for Missional Outreach News
Sunday, September 13, 2015
White Rock United Methodist Church is hosting a Symposium on Disability & the Church on Sunday, September 13, 2015. Panel Discussion Moderator is Dr. Brad Klein, Assistant Director of Embry Human Rights Program at SMU.
Admission to the symposium is free. Dinner is $12 per person. Please RSVP for dinner to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Agenda:3:00 p.m. - TED-style presentations
4:30 p.m. - Panel Discussion
6:00 p.m. - Dinner & Conversation
Topics and Speakers:American Sign Language as a Means of Grace
Rev. Dr. Tom Hudspeth, Executive Pastor and Pastor of the Deaf
Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, Dallas, TX
A visual and kinesthetic language, ASL has a place in the ministry of our Church, giving incarnate expression for spiritual concepts, as well as engage our Deaf neighbor. This talk will introduce biblical and theological foundations for a ministry with the great, unchurched Deaf communityOn a Cross of Suffering
Brian Spann, current student at Dallas Baptist University and member of
Children’s Policy Council of Texas
The Scriptures discuss brokenness and suffering in many different ways, but Christ himself has summoned his followers to embrace his grace and join him on a cross of suffering. We will discuss the idea of the “Irresistible Grace” of Christ Jesus and how through suffering and disability the glory of God is displayed in joining Jesus on Calvary road and embracing suffering for his glory. It is through Jesus that hope, grace and joy can overflow in the midst of suffering and blossom into a celebration of suffering.Imagining People with Disabilities in the Hebrew Bible
Dr. Jeremy Schipper, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible Studies,
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
What images come to mind when we encounter characters with disabilities in the Hebrew Bible? The Bible does not provide detailed physical descriptions of its characters with disabilities nor does it describe in detail their places in society. Yet, the few details that it does provide about their everyday lives surprise and challenge some common stereotypes that we often bring to our study of the Bible.Black Is Beautiful: A Womanist Perspective on Disability & Body Image
Allyssa Green, Teacher in Clayton County, GA, school system
Member of DisAbility Ministries Committee of the United Methodist Church
This talk will explore the dynamics of faith and blackness and its intersection with disability. The talk will draw heavily on the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement and its influence on the ADA & the broader civil rights movement.Exploring The Julian Way
Rev. Justin Hancock, Incarnational Ministries, Missional Wisdom Foundation
House steward of Cochrane House intentional living community
We will examine ways in which intentional Christian community can address the way embodiment is perceived and discussed within the Christian faith while creating new pathways for advocacy and empowerment so that all God’s people can experience fullness within the kingdom of God.
For more information, contact White Rock United Methodist Church at 214-324-3661.
June 2016 Haiti Mission Trip
When: June 18-26, 2016
Where: The team will fly into Port-au-Prince and stay at the Methodist guest house. Several groups will travel further into the countryside.
Who: Ages 18+ (some groups require 21+)
Purpose: To bring together members of the North Texas Conference to serve in different mission activities in various locations in Haiti while in partnership with the Methodist Church in Haiti.
To share the love of Christ by bringing hope and help, health and wholeness to the people of Haiti.
A future of hope in Haiti with empowered indigenous people, sustainable programs and a holistic plan.
For more details, please contact Rev. Marji Hill at 972-526-5000 x220 or use the form below.
Choose Your Project:
Siloe Eye Clinic in Petit Goave, Haiti
Join this experienced group and help bring sight to many people. Eye professionals as well as nurses and other volunteers are needed.
Construction Team in Port-au-Prince
The team will work with local workers under the direction of the Methodist Church of Haiti, continuing work projects started by previous teams, such as churches or additions to Methodist school facilities.
Sawyer Clean Water Filtering Project
Team members will be training the residents of the community how to use the Sawyer Point One Water Filtration Systems. This will be both community and individual/family oriented. While in Haiti, the team will install water filters that remove the harmful bacteria that causes cholera. This water can then be used safely for drinking, cooking, cleaning and bathing. The mornings will be spent in group training. The afternoons will be spent in homes meeting families, spending time with the children, and going over the logistics of how to use the filtration systems.
Grace Children’s Hospital/King’s Organization Orphanage Team in Port-au-Prince
On Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday, the team will work at Grace Children’s Hospital*, in Port-au-Prince, doing minor repair work, working in the eye clinic as helpers, touring the hospital and spending time with the children. On Thursday/Friday, the team will work at King’s Organization Hospital**, in Port-au-Prince, at their orphanage, King’s Garden Orphanage. They will be painting dorm rooms, assembling bunk beds and playing with the children.
* Grace Children's Hospital and Pediatric Clinic – Advance #418520 – Founded in 1967, GCH is recognized as Haiti’s leading medical facility dedicated to the treatment of children with tuberculosis (TB). Each year, the hospital receives thousands of children who are suffering from TB, HIV and other diseases.
** King’s Organization – Founded in 1996, by Drs. Junie and Hubert Morquette, both members of the Methodist Church of Haiti. King’s Garden Orphanage, located on the hospital campus, is home to approximately 35 children.
Medical Team for Jolitrou Maternal Clinic near Cap-Haïtien
The site is International Child Care's health clinic in Jolitrou. Jolitrou is a rural community of nearly 14,000 people in northern Haiti, approximately 14 miles from Cap-Haïtien. This project aims to reduce death and illness among mothers, newborns, and children under the age of five.
The community depends on visiting medical teams. The medical team will mainly focus on children ages 6 months to 14 years and will have to carry in all necessary supplies. Approximately 100 children a day will be seen. The team needs three doctors and three nurses.
Nurse Educators Group/Symposium in Port-au-Prince
This will be a team of nurses who will teach on a variety of topics in Port-au-Prince at local nursing schools/hospitals. One day will be spent in the new Simulation Laboratory at Grace Children's Hospital. Other teaching sites are Haiti National School of Nurses, King's Organization School of Nursing and WeCare Haiti Clinic.
October 13-21, 2015
Additional team members are needed for a mission journey to work with HIV/AIDS clients in Zimbabwe. The mission is a partnership between Grace United Methodist Church in Dallas and Project Tariro at Africa University.
No special skills or experience are necessary, just a heart to serve the wonderful people of Old Mutare, Zimbabwe. The cost is $2,700 and includes airfare. Contact Team Leader Paul Van Buren for more information or to sign up. You can also check out the Project Tariro website to learn more about this initiative.
October 27, 2015 - November 3, 2015
Mount Olivet UMC in Arlington, Virginia, is seeking additional team members for their mission to IMEC School in Arcahaie, Haiti, where they will be engaging in school development and teaching. Mount Olivet’s work with the school is done through the Thomas Food Project (TFP). Teachers and those with maintenance/repair skills are requested, although skills of most any kind can and will be applied!
November 3-13, 2015
Rev. Nick Elliot is leading his next mission to Cuba and is seeking additional team members. They will be working with the Cuba United Methodist Church and will engage in construction and evangelism ministries. The cost is $2,000 and includes airfare from Miami. A Cuban visa is required, and team visa applications must be made by September 10, 2015. Current possession of a U.S. passport is ideal. Please contact Rev. Elliot for more information.
Eastern Europe and the Balkans Summit 2015
Creating relationships with long-term impact through 50/50 partnerships.
November 13-14, 2015
This November, eastern Europeans from many countries will come to Texas to convene and talk about partnering with U.S. churches.
This will be the ninth summit, and will be hosted by Grace Avenue UMC in Frisco, Texas on November 13-14, 2015. These events occur only every other year, so plan to take advantage of this unique opportunity. This will be a time of worship, sharing, reconnecting, listening, learning, music, fellowship and being re-energized for the future. Early mornings will be devoted to live interactive sessions via the Internet with UMC partners at various "hubs" in Europe.
For most of Saturday, November 14, we will be joined by others to learn about best practices in transformational community engagement, locally and globally.
European participants include those from:
- Brno/Czech Republic
Bishop Patrick Streiff
Patrick Ph. Streiff was elected bishop of the United Methodist Church in Central and Southern Europe in 2005. His area covers twelve countries in Europe (Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Macedonia, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Switzerland) and two countries in Africa (Algeria, Tunisia). Besides his service in this very diverse Episcopal Area, Patrick Ph. Streiff is chairperson of the “Geneva Consultation” for theological education and leadership development in French-speaking Methodism (especially in Africa) and of the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters. In addition he is a member of the Connectional Table, of the Study Committee on the Worldwide Nature of the United Methodist Church, of the Task Force of Theological Education and Leadership Formation and of the Task Force “God’s Renewed Creation: A Call to Hope and Action.”
Rev. Patrick Friday
Patrick is the Director of In Mission Together (IMT) for Global Ministries. He leads a team of partnership coordinators that facilitate missional engagement within the United States, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa. They provide training in best practices for mobilization, multiplication and movement strategies Patrick is passionate about lay mobilization, Wesleyan class meetings and bi-vocational ministry. He has over twenty years of experience in pastoral leadership, missionary service, church planting and partnership development. He lived in the Baltic States and Russia for eight of those years as a congregational developer and leadership trainer
Mr. Urs Schweizer
Urs has been the Assistant to the Bishop of the UMC in Central and Southern Europe for over 20 years. He is a member of the In Mission Together Steering Committee, and he helps coordinate the Eastern Europe and the Balkans Mission Coordinators. He also brings great insight from the European point of view.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Joint Mission Coordinator and Advocates Meeting
7:00 p.m. | Reception and Early Registration
Friday, November 13, 2015
7:30 a.m. | Registration Opens
8:30 a.m. | Welcome and Introductions
• Rev. Billy Echols-Richter, Grace Avenue UMC, Frisco, TX
• Bishop Patrick Streiff, Central Conference, Central and Southern Europe
• Dick Arnold, In Mission Together Partnership Coordinator, Eastern Europe and the Balkans
9:00 a.m. | Worship Service (webcast with European Partners)
10:15 a.m. | Break
10:30 a.m. | United Methodism in Eastern Europe and Balkans - Development and Perspectives
• Bishop Patrick Streiff and Mission Coordinator
12:15 p.m. | Music and Devotions
12:30 p.m. | Lunch
1:30 p.m. | Implementation Panel - Moving from Needs-Based Dependency to Asset-Based Sustainability
2:30 p.m. | Lessons Learned as a Partner Church (Q & A)
3:30 p.m. | Break
4:00 p.m. | Healthy Missional Engagement: Long-Term Impact
4:45 p.m. | Breakout Sessions:
• 50/50 Partnership Covenant - Experiences, Challenges, Successes
• Generating Greater Involvement Within Your Congregation
• Using Social Media for Partnership Communication
• Crafts and Games of Eastern Europe and the Balkans
5:45 p.m. | Music and Devotions
6:00 p.m. | Dinner
• Welcome - Bishop Michael McKee
7:30 p.m. | U.S. and European Music Presentations
8:30 p.m. | Benediction - Bishop Michael McKee
Saturday, November 14, 2015
7:00 a.m. | Registration Opens
7:00 a.m. | Coffee and Fellowship
7:30 a.m. | Worship and Communion (webcast with European Partners)
8:15 a.m. | Collaboration Session (Interactive webcast with European Partners)
9:30 a.m. | Break
10:00 a.m. | "Glocal" Partnerships for Community Transformation
10:30 a.m. | Immersion Experience (a.k.a. Poverty Simulation)
12:00 p.m. | Singing and Devotion
12:15 p.m. | Lunch and Debriefing
1:00 p.m. | When Helping Hurts - 50/50 Mission Partnership for Long-Term Impact
1:30 p.m. | ZOE - Case Study in Empowerment - Gaston Warner
2:00 p.m. | Break
2:15 p.m. | Mobilization, Multiplication, Movement
3:00 p.m. | The Wesleyan Way
3:30 p.m. | Implementation: 50/50 in Your Church, Your Community and Beyond
4:00 p.m. | Closing Music, Devotion and Benediction
Questions about the event? Please contact:
Questions about IMT partnerships in Eastern Europe & the Balkans? Please contact:
For more information about mission in Eastern Europe and the Balkans, please see:
September 25-27, 2015
Hoblitzelle Camp & Retreat Center
8060 Singleton Rd
Midlothian, TX 76065
Registration is now open for the South Central Jurisdiction Mission Academy! With topics ranging from Disaster to Poverty to Leadership, you can create an academy experience that is all your own!
The South Central Jurisdiction Mission Academy is an event where those who desire to serve others through hands-on mission service can come together to learn, share, and discuss healthy and effective ways to do so. You can review the course descriptions and design your Academy experience to fit your mission interests. Please read the course offerings carefully before you begin the registration process. It may be helpful for you to note your course preferences prior to continuing to the registration page.
The first 30 people to register get a $20 discount! So register today and join us for this wonderful experience!
For more information, visit the SCJ Mission Academy page.
OCUIR (Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships) will be offering 3 “local initiative” grants to groups within annual conferences who are striving to advance Christian unity and/or interreligious relationships in their context.
The deadline is September 15, 2015 (for projects that will take place in 2016).
To get the application form for the grant, call our office at 972-526-5048 and ask for Associate Director Marji Hill.
Please visit the OCUIR website for more information.