Create in me a clean heart, O God;
and put a new, faithful spirit deep inside me!
Psalm 51:10 (CEB)
Over the last year, we have set expectations for clergy, as well as laity in the Corridor District. These expectations came in the way of trainings that offer opportunities for growth in the key areas of “healthy congregations” and “effective leaders.” The three training offered last year included:
24/6 and Sabbath Keeping
Ways and Means
Most of us have had opportunities to take advantage of 24/6 training and many have offered the course in their churches. While Ways and Means was well attended, we were forced to cancel the Conflict Transformation seminar due to lack of participation. We will continue to hold one another accountable to the three expectations, as well as offer opportunities for training in the next year.
Therefore, in lieu of a Spring Clergy Gathering, with Missional Network Meetings underway, and the Skeeter Run planned for March 21st, we are recommending that you take advantage of a couple of training opportunity offered by the Academy of Leadership Excellence.
- In partnership with Conflict Transformation Ministries, the Academy will host a Day of Learning, “Leading During Anxious Times: Choices for Leaders” on March 3, 2015 at Edenton Street UMC.
- The Academy with host the North Carolina Preaching Festival. This three-day festival of preaching, April 20-22, 2015 at St. Mark’s UMC, Raleigh NC, will celebrate the vocation and practice of excellence in preaching among a new generation of preachers.
Please see the Academy’s website at http://theafle.org/events-list for details and registration.
If you are interested in continuing the conversation of “Black Lives Matter” join us on March 3rd as we resume our monthly discussion with Dr. Willie Jennings of Duke Divinity School on his book The Christian Imagination: Theology and The Origins of Race. These sessions are held on Tuesday afternoons from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at Duke Memorial UMC. The remaining schedule is March 3rd—Chapter 4; March 31st—Chapter 5; and April 21st—Chapter 6.
The conference continue the Lenten reflection theme of “Sacred Stories: Because Black Lives Matter” and invites you to share a personal story or experience about when you realized race matters. Reflections continued to be collected until March 25th at https://nccumc.org/news/2015/01/lenten-reflections/.
Wishing you a Holy Lent as we continue to examine our spiritual journey in the shadow of the cross and awaken our hearts to new life in the Resurrection.
If you would like to share or print, you are invited to use this pdf: Corridor Connection–02-22-2015