June 17th

SATURDAY AM

Ministry Alive Offerings

Join us by participating in the following life-giving experiences on our final day together at annual conference. Choose from the workshops and experiences listed below so that we can plan and prepare these activities according to the number of people who are interested in attending. Note that you may choose two 1-hour sessions or be a part of an off-site experience. The morning will culminate with a large public witness event that will take place from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15, followed by lunch.

On-Site Offerings

SATURDAY, 9:00-10:00 AM

  • Stories to Call Us to Christian Action/ Immigration 101: What You Need to Know
     
    Stories to Call Us to Christian Action--Those who live outside immigrant communities are often unaware of the difficult realities the people in those communities face every day. In this session, listen to the stories from immigrants, Muslims, and others and learn why support for these communities is a Christian imperative. 

    Immigration 101, what you need to know-- When we listen to each other’s stories and engage in conversation, we are often moved to action. In this half of the workshop you will learn what you can do to help right now. If you have not yet started, or if you already have an effort underway, this session hits the vital points of what to do right now, as well as equipping you with resources so that you can learn more.

  • Building and Leveraging Coalitions to Support Immigrant Communities/ Sanctuary 101
     
    Building and Leveraging Coalitions to Support Immigrant Communities -- The challenges surrounding immigrant communities are complex. To support these communities, churches need to reach out to others to form strong coalitions and networks. These coalitions, made up of churches and citizens groups, can provide tremendous strength, with coalition members participating in teaching, training, and advocating for those in need. 

    Sanctuary 101 -- In this session, participants will learn the basics of what it takes to be a be a Sanctuary Church. Sanctuary churches provide a range of supportive activities for immigrant communities in their local parish setting. Sanctuary churches obey the law while centering on supporting immigrants and vulnerable populations through community forums, coalition building, legal training, political advocacy, and responsive acts of prayer and worship.

  • Finding a Way Forward: Conversation from the Commission Beginning with the Commission’s source documents and guiding philosophies as outlined in The Anatomy of Peace, Rev. Donna Pritchard will share her experience of community in the midst of controversy.  She will also fill you in on the latest work of the Bishop’s Commission on a Way Forward as we prepare our proposal for the 2019 special General Conference session. Rev. Donna Pritchard is one of three Commission members from the Western Jurisdiction (along with Bishop Grant Hagiya and Rev. Brian Adkins from Cal-Nevada Conference).  
  • Being the Body of Christ in the Midst of Conflict Conflict can immobilize us. Learn how to move beyond the fight, flight or freeze reaction and into the discovery of mutual understanding. Beneath the conflict is the opportunity to grow together. 
  • Getting Your Voice Heard: Writing Letters to Your Representatives to Make a Difference in the World Wanna put your Faith into Action and Help make the World a Better Place? Wanna Learn How to do this in and through your Congregation’s Witness? Come to the Ministry Alive Event and participate in a “Offering of Letters’. Experience putting your Faith into Action by contacting your elected officials and doing systemic change for our vulnerable neighbors. Led by Paul Benz, Faith Action Network.
  • Bible Land Realities and our Christian Response -- No Way to Treat a Child -- Thomas Beilman, a former program manager for Hewlett-Packard and activist for the No Way to Treat a Child campaign, will share his experiences from his recent fact-finding trip to Palestine/Israel, which focused on Palestinian children in Israeli military detention. Thomas will provide basic facts about Israel's system of military detention, including the short, intimate documentary film, "Detaining Dreams," featuring the stories of four Palestinian children and their families undergoing the ordeal of Israeli military detention.  We'll also learn about what we, as Christians, can do to help bring peace and justice to families who have lived their entire lives knowing nothing but the hardship of occupation.
  • Serving the Global Community: Connecting Neighbors and UMVIM Traditionally, Volunteer in Missions focuses on serving internationally but now UMVIM is about making connections and serving closer to home.  Learn about ways we can serve others in our own community or conference.  Several resources on 'Making Connections through Christian Love' throughout the world will be presented. 
  • Disaster Preparedness: Are You Ready? Wildfire is burning near your community and your family has minutes to evacuate, what will you take?  A winter storm knocks out power to your community for days, how do you help the especially vulnerable in your congregation?  Your church floods and the worship and office spaces are unusable, how will you worship and how will you notify your congregation?  A few minutes of planning and a few simple advance steps can make all the difference.  In this workshop, get inspired by learning basic planning guidelines and receiving simple tools to get you started in being Disaster Ready.
  • Three Spiritual Practices that Transform Ourselves and the World Joseph Campbell once said, "We serve the world by being spiritual well." The world longs for people who live out of a spiritual center, who bring hope and peace into tension and chaos. In this workshop, we will explore three practices that lead to Resilience, Compassion and Transformation – gifts that we can offer the world.  You will be introduced to and will practice befriending silence, a prayer for loving kindness and the wisdom of being grateful.
  • Wespath and Innovation in Investment "Innovations in investing sustainably: shifting financial markets; positively impacting people and our planet" Kirsty Jenkinson, Wespath's Sustainable Investment Strategist will share insights into what 'sustainability' means for the UMC's $22 billion pension fund. Kirsty will provide examples of how the agency is engaging with major corporations and investing to address some of the world's most pressing social and environmental challenges.
  • CLOSED - UMCOR Station: Kit Assembly and Truck Packing We will be assembling health kits together and finish packing the truck for the West Depot.  Supplies for the kits will be available.  While making the kits, learn how you can take this mission project back to your church.  This is truly 'Mission in Action'.
  • Showing Respect: Protocols for attending powwows and building relationships with Native peoples. Sponsored by the Committee on Native American Ministries (CONAM)

On-Site Offerings

SATURDAY, 10:10-11:10 AM

  • Stories to Call Us to Christian Action/ Immigration 101: What You Need to Know 
    Stories to Call Us to Christian Action--Those who live outside immigrant communities are often unaware of the difficult realities the people in those communities face every day. In this session, listen to the stories from immigrants, Muslims, and others and learn why support for these communities is a Christian imperative. 

    Immigration 101, what you need to know-- When we listen to each other’s stories and engage in conversation, we are often moved to action. In this half of the workshop you will learn what you can do to help right now. If you have not yet started, or if you already have an effort underway, this session hits the vital points of what to do right now, as well as equipping you with resources so that you can learn more.

  • Nuts and Bolts: Standing in Witness, Speaking Truth with Power

    Nuts and Bolts: Standing in Witness--For some of us, we cannot imagine being in a situation where we witness someone being harassed or detained simply because of who they are. Learning to interrupt these processes is courageous work. This workshop introduces folks to the Peacemaking Circle, to de-escalation, and to bystander witness techniques.

    Nuts and Bolts: Speaking Truth with Power-- Our Christian faith is at the center of our listening and speaking responses to the worldly powers of injustice. When speaking to our neighbors, at rallies, or even testifying at a hearing, we as Christian people can dig deep into the assurance of our faith—the power of our baptism by the Spirit that resides in us—to speak our truth. This workshop will help you discover your Christian truth as a person of faith in advocacy for justice.

  • Finding a Way Forward: Conversation from the Commission Beginning with the Commission’s source documents and guiding philosophies as outlined in The Anatomy of Peace, Rev. Donna Pritchard will share her experience of community in the midst of controversy.  She will also fill you in on the latest work of the Bishop’s Commission on a Way Forward as we prepare our proposal for the 2019 special General Conference session. Rev. Donna Pritchard is one of three Commission members from the Western Jurisdiction (along with Bishop Grant Hagiya and Rev. Brian Adkins from Cal-Nevada Conference).  
  • Being the Body of Christ in the Midst of Conflict Conflict can immobilize us. Learn how to move beyond the fight, flight or freeze reaction and into the discovery of mutual understanding. Beneath the conflict is the opportunity to grow together. 
  • Getting Your Voice Heard: Writing Letters to Your Representatives to Make a Difference in the World Wanna put your Faith into Action and Help make the World a Better Place? Wanna Learn How to do this in and through your Congregation’s Witness? Come to the Ministry Alive Event and participate in a “Offering of Letters’. Experience putting your Faith into Action by contacting your elected officials and doing systemic change for our vulnerable neighbors. Led by Paul Benz, Faith Action Network.
  • Bible Land Realities and our Christian Response -- No Way to Treat a Child -- Thomas Beilman, a former program manager for Hewlett-Packard and activist for the No Way to Treat a Child campaign, will share his experiences from his recent fact-finding trip to Palestine/Israel, which focused on Palestinian children in Israeli military detention. Thomas will provide basic facts about Israel's system of military detention, including the short, intimate documentary film, "Detaining Dreams," featuring the stories of four Palestinian children and their families undergoing the ordeal of Israeli military detention.  We'll also learn about what we, as Christians, can do to help bring peace and justice to families who have lived their entire lives knowing nothing but the hardship of occupation.
  • Serving the Global Community: Connecting Neighbors and UMVIM Traditionally, Volunteer in Missions focuses on serving internationally but now UMVIM is about making connections and serving closer to home.  Learn about ways we can serve others in our own community or conference.  Several resources on 'Making Connections through Christian Love' throughout the world will be presented. 
  • Disaster Preparedness: Are You Ready? Wildfire is burning near your community and your family has minutes to evacuate, what will you take?  A winter storm knocks out power to your community for days, how do you help the especially vulnerable in your congregation?  Your church floods and the worship and office spaces are unusable, how will you worship and how will you notify your congregation?  A few minutes of planning and a few simple advance steps can make all the difference.  In this workshop, get inspired by learning basic planning guidelines and receiving simple tools to get you started in being Disaster Ready.
  • Three Spiritual Practices that Transform Ourselves and the World Joseph Campbell once said, "We serve the world by being spiritual well." The world longs for people who live out of a spiritual center, who bring hope and peace into tension and chaos. In this workshop, we will explore three practices that lead to Resilience, Compassion and Transformation – gifts that we can offer the world.  You will be introduced to and will practice befriending silence, a prayer for loving kindness and the wisdom of being grateful.
  • Wespath and Innovation in Investment "Innovations in investing sustainably: shifting financial markets; positively impacting people and our planet" Kirsty Jenkinson, Wespath's Sustainable Investment Strategist will share insights into what 'sustainability' means for the UMC's $22 billion pension fund. Kirsty will provide examples of how the agency is engaging with major corporations and investing to address some of the world's most pressing social and environmental challenges.
  • CLOSED - UMCOR Station: Kit Assembly and Truck Packing We will be assembling health kits together and finish packing the truck for the West Depot.  Supplies for the kits will be available.  While making the kits, learn how you can take this mission project back to your church.  This is truly 'Mission in Action'.
  • Standing With: Critical Issues in Indian Country today Sponsored by the Committee on Native American Ministries (CONAM)

Off-Site Experience

SATURDAY, All Morning - Check below for specific times.

  • Volunteer to pack and label bulk dry food at the Oregon Food Bank’s Action Center Depart hotel via bus at 8:30, return to hotel at noon. Volunteers should come prepared with long pants and closed toed shoes. (Limited to 45 volunteers) 

Safety Guidelines:

• You will be turned away if you are wearing improper foot wear. Shoes must have closed toes and heels (no sandals, clogs, mules or high heels).
• Shirts with sleeves are required. Tank tops are not allowed.
• Volunteers under 16 years old are required to volunteer with an adult chaperone. (Minimum age for chaperones is 18)
• Youth Release forms are required for first-time volunteers under 18. 
• If you have cold symptoms or open wounds, you will not be permitted to work.
• Temperatures in the volunteer areas can vary. Layers are recommended.
• Lockers are available for personal items, but are unsecured. Please leave valuables at home or lock in your car.


Note: The morning trip to the Delta Park Powwow that was previously published was removed because it will not be open Saturday morning. Those who wish to experience it are encouraged to go after the conference adjourns on Saturday at approximately 4:00 p.m. See more information about the Delta Park Powwow here
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