LOMBARD MENNONITE PEACE CENTER
Conflict in the Church workshop September 21-22 in Wilmington
Presbytery of the Miami Valley and the Presbytery of Cincinnati will co-sponsor Conflict in the Church: Entrusted with the Message of Reconciliation, September 21-22, at the Presbyterian Church of Wilmington, Wilmington. The Friday evening and all-day Saturday workshop in conflict transformation will be presented by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center.
Conflict is a normal part of life, even in the church. Understanding this can help church members realize that they should not be surprised or ashamed when they experience conflict in their faith communities. What is important is how the conflicts that inevitably arise are dealt with. The Conflict in the Church: Entrusted with the Message of Reconciliation workshop teaches some basic skills that will help participants manage conflicts within the congregation in a healthier manner.
The goal of the workshop is to help participants gain the understanding and the skills needed to prevent destructive conflicts in the future. Participants will see how church conflict can be transformed into an opportunity to learn something new about God’s will for their church.
The workshop is suitable for churches currently experiencing conflict or those that simply want to work on prevention.
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LECTURE ON FAITH AND CIVIC LIFE
Jim Wallis to speak at Dayton Westminster September 28-29
The Rev. Jim Wallis, president and founder of Sojourners, will present Westminster Presbyterian Church’s first annual Lecture on Faith and Civic Life, Friday, September 28. The event begins at 7:30 P.M. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 125 N. Wilkinson St., Dayton.
The following morning, Saturday, September 29, at 9:30 A.M., a panel, composed of area faith and civic leaders, will share the stage at Westminster with the Rev. Wallis.
Sojourners in Washington, DC is a non-profit faith-based organization, network, and movement whose mission statement calls for “putting faith into action for social justice.” Jim Wallis is a bestselling author, public theologian, national preacher, social activist, and international commentator on ethics and public life. Two of his more recent books, The (Un)Common Good, and America’s Original Sin, will form the basis for the Friday night lecture and Saturday morning panel discussion.
UPCOMING EVENTS AT KIRKMONT CENTER
Day of Renewal to be held on September 27
Kirkmont Center, Zanesfield, will host a Day of Renewal, Thursday, September 27, 10:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M. The cost is $18 and includes a fresh, locally sourced lunch at noon. Wednesday night lodging, stargazing, and a continental breakfast on Thursday are available for an additional $40.
The keynote speaker is the Rev. Tim Doty, formerly from Presbytery of the Miami Valley, who now serves as Interim Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Geneseo, IL. He is a long-time friend of Kirkmont Center, having served as counselor or director of the Adventure Camp for several years and on the Board of Trustees.
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Fall Artist Retreat October 12-14
The Artist Retreat for all artists and creatives will be held October 12-14 at Croft House, Kirkmont Center, Zanesfield. "Enjoy a weekend of relaxation with time to concentrate on your special area of creativity; enjoy the camaraderie and inspiration of fellow artists; explore the 270 acres of woodlands, grasslands, wetlands, and ponds; hike, meditate and gain inspiration for the artist within" and more.
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Scholarship fund established in memory of Katie Geneva Cannon
The Presbyterian Mission Agency has created a scholarship fund to honor the name and legacy of the late Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon, a pioneer and legend in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Dr. Cannon succumbed to leukemia August 8, 2018.
Cannon, a leading voice in the subjects of womanist theology and women in religion and society, was a renowned lecturer on theological and ethical topics and the author or editor of numerous articles and seven books.
The scholarship, the Women’s Ministry Fund, is a fund of Racial Equity and Women’s Intercultural Ministries at the Presbyterian Mission Agency and has been established for women of color to attend leadership development events.
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Peace & Global Witness Offering October 7
The PC(USA)'s Peace and Global Witness Offering has been a source of relief and encouragement to those seeking peace around the world. The Offering now has a greater global reach, makes a more significant impact, and empowers participating congregations to use 25% of the money they raise on local and worldwide ministries of their choice. Mid councils retain an additional 25% for ministries of peace and reconciliation. The remaining 50% is used by the Presbyterian Mission Agency to advocate for peace and justice in cultures of violence, including our own, through collaborative projects of education and Christian witness.
After deducting their congregational share, churches should send the remaining offering proceeds to the presbytery, c/o bookkeeper Joyce Routzohn, so she can allocate that remainder to the presbytery and General Assembly.
The Peace & Global Witness Offering is received during the Season of Peace, which ends on World Communion Sunday, this year on Sunday, October 7.
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POAMN Regional Conference October 12 in Columbus
The Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network (POAMN) will hold its regional conference on Friday, October 12, at Worthington Presbyterian Church, Columbus. The theme is The Best of Times: God’s Call in the Third Thirty of Life.
Opening the event will be a keynote address by Rev. Ray Jones, Acting Director of Theology, Formation & Evangelism of the PC(USA) in Louisville. In addition, there will be 12 workshops from which to choose, covering a wide range of topics.
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OXFORD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Presbytery churches are invited to Rise Against Hunger on October 21
Oxford Presbyterian Church, Oxford, invites other churches in Presbytery of the Miami Valley to join them in a Rise Against Hunger event Sunday, October 21, 2:00-4:00 P.M. This is a meal packing event where meals consisting of rice, soy, vegetables, and vitamins are packed and then shipped around the world to people who are in need. The goal is to pack and ship 15,000 meals.
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Presbyterian Peacemaking Travel Study Seminars
The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program sponsors travel study seminars to different parts of the world to provide Presbyterians with the opportunity to learn firsthand from our partners about efforts for peace, justice and reconciliation in contexts of conflict, injustice and oppression. Participants return from these travel study seminars informed and transformed by their experiences, ready to share stories and bear witness to all that they have seen and heard.
Travel study seminars are planned in partnership with World Mission staff and mission co-workers and in cooperation with our partner denominations and organizations.
Participants in the Peacemaking Program’s Travel Study Seminars will be inspired by experiences in cross-cultural and global contexts that are addressing peace and justice issues, equipped to bear witness to all that they have seen and heard and to strengthen their peacemaking witness, and connected to partners engaged directly in peacemaking and justice work.
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Apply to be a PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer for 2019
Young Adult Volunteers The Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is a faith-based year of service in 20 sites around the world and in the United States.
YAVs accompany local agencies working to address root causes of poverty and reconciliation while exploring the meaning and motivation of their faith in community with peers and mentors.
Program benefits include a regular stipend, housing, transportation and student-loan repayment options throughout the duration of the service year.
Applications are open October 1, 2018 for 2019 placements.
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Synod Assembly Highlights
The Synod of the Covenant Assembly was held at First Presbyterian Church, Maumee, OH, on August 3.
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A resource for churches: On Calling An Educator
The revised On Calling An Educator manual is now available online in downloadable format. The manual is designed to be a resource for Presbyterian churches that are considering calling an educator to be a part of the church staff. In addition, this is also a resource for Christian educators who are responding to a call from God to educational ministry in the church and are seeking a position. Congregations and educators will find guidance in these pages for their separate and mutual journeys toward providing the best leadership for the important task of education.
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Regarding Ruling Elders
Ruling elders are called to ministry in partnership with teaching elders. Within this calling, ruling elders have responsibilities in several areas of the life of the church including exercise in leadership, governance, spiritual discernment, and discipline. This monthly PC(USA) series seeks to lift up the specific responsibilities while also providing an opportunity for Ruling Elders to reflect upon how they are lived out.
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NEXT Church offers new resources for ministry
NEXT Church is a network of leaders across the Presbyterian Church (USA) who believe the church of the future will be more relational, more diverse, more collaborative, more hopeful, and more agile. NEXT Church provides space for hopeful conversations about the theology, culture, and practice of ministry in a time of adaptive change.
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Initiative seeks to create 1001 new worshiping communities
The 220th General Assembly declared a commitment to a churchwide movement that results in the creation of 1001 new worshiping communities by 2022.
Across the PC(USA), God is raising up leaders in churches and presbyteries who are creating new worshiping communities. They are taking on new and varied forms of church for our changing culture. Primarily they are seeking to make and form new disciples of Jesus Christ, to change and transform the world.
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Northminster Mission Fund
Grants up to $5,000.00 are available to individual Congregations, Congregations in Partnership, Designated Presbytery Networks, and Validated Ministries of the Presbytery of the Miami Valley, for the continued purpose of building up the body of Christ. Pending available funds, grants may be renewed for one year.