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Reconciling Conversations for a Way Forward – Los Altos UMC

March 16, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Reconciling Ministries Network presents

Inclusive Conversations for a Way Forward: an educational conference addressing the critical issues before our denomination concerning social justice and LGBTQ inclusion.

Saturday, April 7, 2018 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM 
BWC Mission Center 
11711 E. Market Place, Fulton, Maryland 20757

Plenary Speaker: Dr. Cedric Bridgeforth

Dr. Cedrick Bridgeforth may best be remembered in the Baltimore-Washington Conference as the inspirational guest speaker in 2016 at the BMCR luncheon and the BWARM-MFSA dinner. He is a clergy member and former District Superintendent in the California-Pacific Conference of the UMC, and a former National Chair of Black Methodists for Church Renewal.

Dr. Bridgeforth will reflect on themes from his new book: 20/20 Leadership Lessons: Seeing Visions and Focusing on Reality. He will also be available to sign copies of his book.

Morning Breakout Sessions: 

  • The Call to Be Intersectional – a discussion of justice work at the intersections of society: Rev. Liam Hooper, RMN Staff

  • The Long March Toward Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors: Are We There Yet? – 240 years and counting: Mittie Quinn, Past President, BWARM

  • Welcoming the Stranger:  Rev. Ken Hawes, President, BWC Chapter of MFSA, and Chair of DC-MD Justice for Our Neighbors

  • Holding Conversations with Those Who Differ – tips for holding  conversations with those in The UMC with differing beliefs about LGBTQ people in the church: Panel participants pending

Lunch:  Selections from Jason’s Deli

Afternoon Breakout Sessions: 

  • Update on Work of the Commission on a Way Forward –  how can we support the work of the Commission:  Dave Nuckols, Commission Member and RMN Board Member

  • How to Be a Good Advocate: T.C. Morrow, BWARM Communications Chair

  • What About the Children? – how will the UMC’s critical decisions affect children and youth in the future? Melany Burrill, author and United Methodist Sexuality Educator

  • How Wesleyan IS the Wesley Covenant Association?  Rev. Shannon Sullivan, Calvary UMC, Frederick, Maryland

Closing Worship

Please note that payment at the door will be $40. Only checks will be accepted, written out to Grace UMC/BWARM. Please register in advance using the “Pay by check at the door” ticket option.

Contact BWARM@bwarm.org for questions or additional information.


Los Altos UMC
655 Magdalena Avenue
Los Altos, CA 94024 United States


Baltimore-Washington Area Reconciling United Methodists (BWARM) and the Baltimore-Washington Chapter of Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA)
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