*By Sandra Gerhardt
Lake Junaluska, NC – Joy and celebration will abound at the 2012 Festival of Wisdom and Grace July 30 – August 2. Bishop Willam Wesley Morris is the preacher for the event, “From Transition to Transformation.” God powerfully uses Bishop Bill’s mellow, prophetic words to instruct and inspire older adults for their unique role in God’s kingdom.
Marvin Cropsey, editor of United Methodist quadrennial resources, will bring excitement, wit and enthusiasm to Bible study as only he can. Cropsey will introduce and share insights from the new Common English Bible during Wisdom and Grace. Among his many gifts, Marvin is editor of the United Methodist Discipline.
Dr. Jane Marie Thibault, spiritual director and mentor of several fellows of the Academy of Older Adult Ministries, will share from her heart and soul a practical model for transforming pain and suffering into a gift to others through the power of Christ.
The professional track will present Dr. Allen Verhey, with his Ph.D. in Religious Studies (Christian Ethics) from Yale University, among many other degrees and accolades. Dr. Verhey will teach on the Christian Art of Dying.
Ed Kilbourne, an all-time favorite, will delight and amaze his audience with fun-loving music and hilarious wit.
Join the festivities at one of the most beautiful locations on earth, and celebrate God’s gift of long life! For more information and to register, visit www.lakejunaluska.com/wisdom-and-grace or call 800.222.4930.