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Weekend of Inclusive Conversations and the Way Forward

MFSA RUMNC Inclusive Conversations Jan 2019 Helen Ryde Jan 2019

The North Carolina Annual Conference Chapter of Methodist Federation for Social Action and Reconciling United Methodists and Friends of NC, in association with Avent Ferry United Methodist Church and as part of Epworth United Methodist Church’s “Journeying Towards Justice” series, is sponsoring a weekend of discernment over human sexuality and where The United Methodist Church is headed with LGBT inclusion the weekend of January 26-27.

The first part, on Saturday, January 26th at Avent Ferry United Methodist Church, includes conversation on sexuality but also on the Way Forward (The United Methodist Church will meet in St Louis Feb 23-26 to decide on LGBT inclusion) and about to become part of the Reconciling Ministries Network. That is from 9 am-1 pm.

The second part, on Sunday, January 27th at 3 pm at Epworth United Methodist Church, will be about inclusive conversations around sexuality and gender identity conducted by Helen Ryde, the Southeastern Coordinator for Reconciling Ministries Network. She will also be leading the discussion on Saturday.

  • Avent Ferry United Methodist Church, 2700 Avent Ferry Rd, Raleigh, NC 27606
  • Epworth United Methodist Church, 3002 Hope Valley Rd, Durham, NC 27707

 

The Gift of Our Sexuality and the Church's Response

MFSA NCC, the Reconciling United Methodists of NC, and the Conference Board of Church and Society are sponsoring an Inclusive Conversations event “The Gift of Our Sexuality and the Church’s Response” at Fifth Avenue UMC in Wilmington on Thursday night, January 24 beginning at 7:00.

The event will be a time for LGBTQ United Methodists to share their stories particularly about their relationship to the church. Not designed to discuss or debate A Way Forward, this will be a listening, sharing event with opportunity at its conclusion for questions. Everyone is invited.

Inclusive Conversations Plus

Saturday, September 15th 2018, 10 am-1 pm
9 am-10 am check in time with light continental breakfast.

Conversations and education about the LGBTQ community, gender identity (pronouns) leading to decisions that The United Methodist Church will be making in St. Louis in late February about LGBTQ inclusiveness and the various plans that will be on the table.

Location: Avent Ferry United Methodist Church, 2700 Avent Ferry Rd, Raleigh NC 27606.

No charge for the event.

Contact information: mfsancc@gmail.com and 919-606-5674.

Hosted by the North Carolina Conference chapter of Methodist Federation for Social Action and Reconciling United Methodists and Friends NC

Gayle Felton Love Thy Neighbor Lunch 2018

The North Carolina Annual Conference chapter of the Methodist Federation for Social Action and Reconciling United Methodists and Friends NC are proud to sponsor the fifth annual Gayle Felton Love Thy Neighbor Lunch on Friday, June 15th at 12 noon, at the Holiday Inn in Greenville.

Cost is $15 in advance and $17 at the door. For students: $10.00 and $12.50 at the door. You can register online at Eventbrite (tap below) or mail checks payable to MFSA NC, PO Box 18311, Raleigh NC 27619-8311.

There will be a communion service following the lunch.

Eventbrite - Gayle Felton Love Thy Neighbor Lunch 2018

Gil Caldwell

Our Luncheon Speaker Reverend Gil Caldwell

Retired United Methodist minister, and a lifelong activist in the Civil Rights Movement from the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer to the 1968 Poor People’s March. Gil is author of numerous books and blogs on social justice, including his latest collection, Something Within. Gil served several historic Black churches in the Northeast, including Union Methodist in Boston and St. Mark’s in Harlem. He also served as Associated General Secretary to the General Commission on Religion and Race in Washington, D.C., and as Executive Director of the Ministerial Interfaith Association of Harlem. Gil helped found several significant organizations on the forefront of erasing bigotry within the church, including the Black Methodists for Church Renewal, the National Conference of Black Churchmen, and United Methodists of Color for a Fully Inclusive Church, which works toward equality in ordaining Methodist ministers who are gay or lesbian. He served as a national board member of PFLAG and is a co-founder of Truth in Progress.

Gayle Felton
Gayle Felton

The lunch is named in memory of late Reverend Dr. Gayle Carlton Felton who passed in 2014 at the age of 71. She was champion for the rights of women, African Americans, and the LGBTQ community. Here is more about her

Gayle was a native of Pinetops, NC. She graduated with a B.A. in History from North Carolina Wesleyan College where she was the first valedictorian of the newly opened college. Gayle taught high school history and civics in Edgecombe County before answering the call to ministry.

She received her Master of Divinity and Doctorate degrees from Duke University. After teaching religion at Meredith College for two years, she returned to Duke where she taught in the Divinity School for over a decade, guiding and influencing a generation of pastors and others serving the United Methodist Church. Gayle’s scholarship largely focused on the history of Methodism with special emphasis on the sacraments.

Among her published works are This Gift of Water, By Water and the Spirit, This Holy Mystery, United Methodists and the Sacraments, and The Coming of Jesus. She was also the editor of How United Methodists Study Scripture and the writer of numerous studies and other works used across the United Methodist Church. She was a frequent participant in United Methodist General Conferences and was appointed for many years to the General Board of Discipleship.

Gayle had a deep commitment to social justice, working to integrate the public schools in Edgecombe County and as a pioneer in building the Reconciling Movement, a group advocating for the full inclusion of LGBT persons in the United Methodist Church. She was honored to serve as the national board chair of the Reconciling Ministries Network. Gayle also was a role model for women seeking ordination in the United Methodist Church, working tirelessly to remove many of the obstacles she herself had to overcome in becoming an ordained elder.

Jack Crum Conference 2018

Jesus cleansing the templeIt is paradox that the most powerful nation on earth and the richest is also the most unequal. By most measures, the United States leads the leading industrial democracies in economic inequality. Why is it that way? And does it have to be the way?

The United States, which also prides itself on being one of the most religious nations on the planet, is also one with some the highest poverty or people close to poverty.

The North Carolina Annual Conference chapter of the Methodist Federation for Social Action will explore these issues during our 10th Annual Jack Crum Conference on Prophetic Ministry - “Economic Inequality for All.” The purpose of the conference is not only to provide good information but also to inspire action and how people of faith can put their faith into action.

“You shall not oppress a hired servant who is poor and needy, whether he is one of your countrymen or one of your aliens who is in your land in your towns.” - Deuteronomy 24:14

Jack Crum Conference Agenda