Dianne Glave: Ministry & Church

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2016 NEJ Best Practices in Diversity and Inclusion Workshop

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A group from the Northeastern Jurisdiction (NEJ) of the United Methodist Church met together from September 15-16 in 2016. Though the topic of diversity development and inclusion is a difficult one, we had a lively and joyful time and discussion. We began with meditation, focusing in part on the call as Christians to dismantle racism echoing the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

We cannot be satisfied so long as the Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and the Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied and will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.

The meeting was facilitated by Dianne Glave–Coordinator of Diversity Development and William B. Meekins, Jr.–Assistant to the Bishop, both pastors in the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church. The guest facilitator was David Esterline, president of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

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Much was shared including:

  • Developing a covenant or norms as a group
  • Role playing from different perspectives about racism
  • Recommending resources like the United Methodist General Commission on Religion and Race facilitating conversations for a group as large as 600 people
  • Launching a diversity officer position in the UMC in a jurisdiction

Learn more about dismantling racism and developing cultural competencies in diversity development and inclusion for your churches through the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church’s Office of Diversity Development and Inclusion.

Role in Diversity in the United Methodist Church

The Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church has rolled out two new positions, including my own, which focuses on diversity. Read more . . .

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I will “work with the Rev. William B. Meekins, Jr., the Bishop’s assistant, on issue related to racial diversity, multicultural and ethnic local church concerns. The work will include identifying and cultivating congregations with a potential for cross-racial appointments, developing support groups and working with churches and clergy in cross-racial or ethnic appointments.”

My positon will be part of a broader initiative of goal setting and implementation that includes diversity.

Ingomar Church: Goodbyes & Thank You

Dear Ingomar Church,

I recently learned that I am being reappointed to serve in the United Methodist Conference Center focusing on diversity. I will be supporting clergy and congregations in cross-cultural appointments, i.e., Korean pastors serving in white churches, white pastors serving African-American churches and black pastors serving in white churches. The new appointment begins July 1, 2015, so I will be leaving Ingomar Church in late June.

Reappointments and relocations often sound so practical and matter-of-fact, but each is tied to a full range of human emotions. I am saddened leaving this church and all the wonderful people.

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Looking back on my service here and observing the rich and lively God-centered ministries at Ingomar Church, I can truly testify that Christ is alive – past, present, and future in the church in our service together. I am grateful to visitors, friends of the church, members, the staff, lay leadership, and the senior pastor for all of the memories.
Among my many fond memories, the warmest is leading the children in prayer at the 9am and 11:15am services. I felt a connection to the children and by extension their parents, grandparents, sisters and brothers. I loved seeing the children run up the aisle, stand with such ease before the congregation, holding hands as we prayed together. I loved that the children asked me questions and made bold statements. I will also remember the joyful and quick responses of those who attend Together@10. Whenever I asked a question, I always received a collectively loud and lively response. I remember and appreciate every wonderful moment experienced at the church services, events, in the office, and even funerals.

Paul, the apostle, said to the church of Corinth, “Good-by, my friends. Do better and pay attention to what I have said. Try to get along and live peacefully with each other.” (2 Corinthians 13:11, Contemporary English Version). I will do better, pay attention, get along, and live peacefully in these last few months we spend together. I encourage all of you to do the same even when I am gone.

Blessings,

Pastor Dianne Glave

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