Schedule Highlights

Narrative Schedule

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Those who are gathering for the Pre-Day beginning on Thursday morning are invited to gather together for an informal social reception on Wednesday evening as folks arrive.

  • 7:30PM – 9PM Dessert and Coffee Reception at Travis Park UMC
Thursday, August 6, 2015

Extension Ministry Pre-day

All are invited to join pre-conference day events. Extension ministries will use this time for organizing, re-connecting, and building face-to-face relationships over extended hours. Learn more about extension ministries here.

  • 8AM RMN State of the Network

  • 10-10:30AM Break

  • 10:30-4PM Parents Reconciling Network (with boxed lunches)

  • 10:30-11:30AM Clergy Reconciling Network and Methodist Students, Seminarians, and Young Adults for an All-Inclusive Church (MOSAIC) together

  • 11:30am-4:30PM Clergy Reconciling Network (with boxed lunches)

  • Noon-3PM MOSAIC (with Boxed lunches)

  • Noon-5PM United Methodist Alliance for Transgender Inclusion (UMATI)  (with boxed lunches)

  • 5-6pm United Methodists of Color for a Fully Inclusive Church (UMOC)

Gather at the River 

  • 8AM – 6PM Registration
  • 7:15PM Gathering Singing
  • 7:30PM Gather at the River opens Worship with Marcia McFee & Mark Miller
    • Rev. Peter Storey Preaching
  • 8:15PM Welcome & Introductions
  • 8:45PM Bible Study with Grace Imathiu
Friday, August 7, 2015
  • 8:15AM Gathering singing
  • 8:30AM Worship
    • Nikilas Mawanda preaching
  • 9:15AM Break
  • 9:30AM Biblical Obedience Plenary
  • 10:30AM Bible Study with Rev. Grace Imathiu
  • 11:00AM Lunch Group A
  • 11:15AM-12:15PM Reflecting Pools B
  • 12:30PM Lunch Group B
  • 12:45-1:45PM Reflecting Pools A
  • 2:15-3:30PM Workshops session 1
  • 3:45-5:00PM Workshops session 2
  • Dinner break
  • 7:30PM Entertainment by Campanas de America
    • Ball Award from MFSA
    • Address by Bishop Minerva Carcaño
    • Entertainment by IlluMen
  • 9:30PM Sweets for the Sweet Reception  – Hosted by Affirmation: United Methodists for LGBTQ Concerns
Saturday, August 8, 2015
  • 8:15AM Gathering singing
  • 8:30AM Worship
  • 9:15AM Break
  • 9:30AM Intersections Plenary
  • 10:30AM Bible Study with Rev. Grace Imathiu
  • 11:00AM Lunch Group A
  • 11:15AM-12:15PM Reflecting Pools B
  • 12:30PM Lunch Group B
  • 12:45-1:45PM Reflecting Pools B
  • 2:00PM General Conference 2016 Plenary
  • 3:15PM Break
  • 3:30PM RMN Awards
  • 3:45PM General Conference 2016 Plenary cont.
  • 5:00PM Break
  • 6:30PM Gather at the River BanquetJennifer Knapp on “Inside Out Faith”

    Conversations with Frank & Tim Schaefer

Sunday, August 9, 2015
  • 9:00AM Gathering singing
  • 9:15AM Reducing Isolation & Building Solidarity Plenary
  • 9:45AM Bible Study with Rev. Grace Imathiu
  • 10:15AM Break
  • 10:30AM Joint Worship with Travis Park UMC
  • Rev. Theon Johnson preaching
Thursday, August 6, 2015

You are invited to join for the pre-Gather at the River events starting Thursday morning. Throughout the day, a number of groups will meet for organizing, re-connecting, and building face-to-face relationships—utilizing the freedom of having extended hours together. Please watch here for more information on the full list of participating groups and extension ministries that will meet during this time. Plan to join in this opportunity to get connected before Gather at the River officially begins.

Gather at the River embarks on Thursday evening with spirited worship led by Dr. Marcia McFee and Mark Miller. Following worship will be a time of welcome and greeting to introduce participants to the wonders that will unfold this momentous weekend. Rev. Grace Imathiu will provide a glimpse of the Bible studies coming up.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Worship with Dr. Marcia McFee and Mark Miller opens and sets the tone for the first full day of Gather at the River. RMN Executive Director Matt Berryman will then moderate a time of reflection on “Biblical Obedience: What Is It? Why Does it Matter?” Rev. Grace Imathiu’s Bible study will bring global perspectives to our spiritual development leading into discussions in small groups or “reflecting pools.” One-half of the participants will meet in facilitated discussion groups while the other half eats lunch. A second lunch session will allow the first half to eat lunch while the previous lunch group meets in “reflecting pools” groups.

During the afternoon participants can choose among a multitude of learning opportunities in two sessions of workshops delving into a diversity of issues and concerns facing progressive United Methodists and looking forward to the General Conference 2016. An extended dinner break will allow participants to stroll San Antonio’s River Walk and eat in a restaurant or café.

Friday evening will bring a flavor of San Antonio culture with performances byCampanas de América, a renowned local mariachi band, and IlluMen, an outstanding male chorale. Between these performances Gather at the River participants will be challenged and stimulated by an address from Bishop Minerva Carcaño.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Lively worship with Mark Miller and Dr. Marcia McFee launches the next day of Gather at the River.

Following worship, MFSA Executive Director Chett Pritchett will moderate an inquiry into “United Methodists and the Intersections of Justice.” Rev. Grace Imathiu will once again present an illuminating Bible study leading into a repeat of Friday’s “reflecting pools,” small-group discussions to help participants extend and deepen relationships and connections with other colleagues on the journey. The same “reflecting pool” groups will alternate with the lunch service as on Friday.

The afternoon will engage the broadly-based Love Your Neighbor Coalition in presenting the preparations and enlisting support for a powerful justice witness at the 2016 General Conference. This assembly time will also include presentation of special awards by RMN and MFSA.

Saturday evening will bring a gala celebration banquet at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel lifting up voices and stories that propel our movement for God’s justice towards General Conference 2016. Singer and song writer Jennifer Knapp will share some of her story and music. The Rev. Frank Schaefer will witness about his journey of radical Biblical Obedience.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

The last morning will provide an opportunity to take next steps in preparation for the General Conference witness. Then Rev. Grace Imathiu will challenge participants with the biblical call that leads us forward. Gather at the River participants will join the Travis Park UMC congregation in a closing sacramental celebration of prayer and praise to send us on our journey home.

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