LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. – The United Methodist Church strives to be a racially inclusive Church for all of God’s children as expressed in Scripture. All are invited to Lake Junaluska’s 2nd Multicultural Conference, December 2-4, 2010. The theme for the 2010Lake Junaluska Multicultural Conference is “Embracing Christ’s Multi-Ethnic Body: Breaking Down Barriers and Building Bridges.”
During this event, persons will experience life-changing times of listening and learning as participants share stories of challenges, disappointments, hopes and triumphs along the pilgrimage to make our churches the inclusive communities of love and respect God has called us to create.
Leaders with a passion for justice, mercy, inclusiveness and a commitment to welcoming all to the table of the Lord include: The Rev. Eric Law of Kaleidoscope Institute (via Skype); Bishop Gregory Palmer of the Illinois Area; Bishop Will Willimon of the North Alabama Conference; Ms. Kristina Gonzales, Associate Director of Connectional Ministries for the Pacific Northwest Conference;Dr. Anne Marshall, a community activist who speaks on Indigenous issues, racism, and human rights violations around the world;Dr. Tim Tyson, award-winning author of Blood Done Sign My Name, and Senior Scholar at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University; The Rev. Dr. Mary John Dye, who began her ministry as the first cross-racial appointment in the Mississippi Conference; and Bishop William Morris (retired), who provides leadership for the Design Team of the Multicultural Conference.
“The Lake Junaluska Multicultural Conference will be a place for embracing diversity,” said The Rev. Jimmy L. Carr, Executive Director of Lake Junaluska. “Persons will come together in a safe, life-affirming and life-transforming environment to explore the common bond of God’s love for all.”
“As we plan this conference, we realize that all persons are at different places on the journey to achieve inclusiveness in their lives and churches, and all may not realize the seriousness of the threat of racial division to our church and society at large,” said The Rev. Dr. Carl Arrington, Director of African-American Ministries at Lake Junaluska. “Persons from all walks of life are invited to join us for this inspiring event as we break down barriers and build bridges that can strengthen and unite families, attract young adults, value and embrace all of God’s children, reconcile adults, and celebrate the uniqueness and diversity of us all.”
Early registration ends October 16, 2010. 1 CEU credit available. Call 828-454-6656 or visit www.lakejunaluska.com/multicultural to register or for more information.