Church Unity and Inclusiveness

Church Unity and Inclusiveness

SIX UNITED METHODIST BISHOPS TO SPEAK ON CHURCH UNITY AND INCLUSIVENESS AT ROCKY MOUNTAIN CONFERENCE ON NOVEMBER 14


Bishop Charlene Payne Kammerer, retired United Methodist episcopal leader of Virginia and  North Carolina, will keynote a Rocky Mountain Conference event for laity and clergy underscoring the challenges of moving "Towards An Inclusive Church."  
Sponsored by the United Methodist Association of Retired Clergy, the November 14 conference will be held at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, Highlands Ranch, Colorado.  

Five other United Methodist bishops also will provide their perspectives.  Scheduled to share their visions via short videos are Baltimore-Washington Area Bishop LaTrelle Easterling, Iowa Area Bishop Laurie Haller, Wisconsin Area Bishop Hee-Soo Jung, and Northern Illinois Bishop Sally Dyck.  Preaching the closing worship will be the spiritual leader of the Mountain Sky Area Bishop Karen Oliveto. 

Elected in 1996, Bishop Kammerer was the first woman bishop in the Southeast Jurisdiction.  Previously she had pastored churches and served as a district superintendent in Florida, as well as campus minister at Duke University.  Upon retirement, she was named "Bishop-in-Residence" at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. 

Conference co-chairs, Dr. Donald E. Messer and Dr. Harvey Martz, indicated the one-day seminar was “Designed to encourage dialogue among United Methodists on how to attain Christian unity without sacrificing God's inclusive love in Jesus Christ for all people.  We hope laity and clergy can find answers to their questions about a variety of topics, ranging from dismantling racism, avoiding church schism, and becoming reconciling congregations to understanding the Bible and same-sex relationships.

The conference will offer eight "focused conversations" on topics such as racism, homosexuality, church schism, the Way Forward Commission, the Wesleyan Covenant, the United Methodist Discipline, reconciling congregations, and the future of United Methodist seminaries. 

Registration is available here.  Conference cost will be $20 per person, including lunch.  

Hosted by senior pastor, Rev. Mark Feldmeier, worship leadership and music will be provided by St. Andrew United Methodist Church.