Connecticut Clergy Conference: RESET 2021
The Connecticut District of the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church (NYAC) is pleased to announce that the 2021 Clergy Conference will take place in person and focus on providing you with the tools needed to support Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton with RESET 2021.
Please mark your calendars and plan to join us on October 5, 2021 from 10:00-2:00pm at:
Meriden First United Methodist Church
159 East Main Street
ALL CLERGY ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND. All in attendance will be asked to provide proof of vaccination and wear a facial covering to ensure the safety of everyone in attendance.
Rev. Dr. Marvin A. Moss, our NYAC Director of Congregational Development and Revitalization will serve as facilitator for this event. Rev. Chris Yount will serve as our Worship Leader and Rev. Jeremiah Paul is our Worship Leader for the day.
Scheduled speakers include:
|Rev. Vicki Flippin||Rev. John Parille|
|Rev. Herron Gaston||Rev. H. Joon Park|
|Rev. Hugh Hamilton||Rev. Crystal Paul Watson|
|Rev. Bob Knebel||Rev. Karen Cook|
Please come prepared to engage, partner in our Conference and District Reset and acquire the tools needed to:
OBLITERATE FEAR of people or situations that impede one's ability to succeed.
- The courage to lead in a liminal space.
- The heart to make difficult decisions.
- The support to take risk and be endearing and bold in ministry.
FIGHT POVERTY that continues to be a major challenge in most of our communities.
- Four of the "neediest" cities in America are located in Connecticut.
- Addressing food insecurity using our Methodist connection to support the
- Your church needs to be the solution, rather than the problem.
FIGHT RACISM that we know is an integral part of American and UMC history.
- Becoming an anti-racist.
- Identifying tools and best practices to dismantle racism.
- Obtaining the appropriate language and strategy to build hope and reconnect people. across the racial divide.
This critical issue continues to elude us as Methodists, as well as how to address issues of equality vs equity and discrimination. Everyone is valued!
CONFRONT MENTAL HEALTH AND ABUSE
This is another critical issue, which has long been problematic; the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the problem and need for solutions.
ADDRESS CHURCH SUSTAINABILITY since COVID-19 continues to challenge the future viability of the Church. Together, we will acquire the tools needed to:
Create the need for a motivational post-COVID resurgence, intentional work toward spiritual renewal with relevance to meet the heartfelt spiritual needs of our people and communities.
Integrate our Methodist Theology into practices that build a "Coalition of the willing."