As clergy, as a pastor, I am attending a United Methodist (UM) Conference. Doesn’t say much because I could be at any UM gathering anywhere in the country. Well, I am attending “Facing the Future: A Clergy Network for Cross-Racial/Cross-Cultural Appointment Ministry” sponsored by the General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) in Baltimore, Maryland from July 26-28, 2012.
What a rich experience we are having together. I met a Tongan gentleman doing missions, and based in a suburb outside of New Orleans. I heard the Lord’s Prayer in Korean. I listened to a man from the Caribbean who cried out that the focus should not be limited to African Americans but that language and actions should more broadly integrate all people of African descent. A layperson who is in discernment about being ordained as a deacon serves at Kingdom House. His wife is a coordinator of The Mozambique Initiative.
So many people . . . So many stories . . . So many opportunities for support one another in the next steps for ministries in diversity.
Watch videos of the meeting.
Photos by Dianne Glave