Hundreds of pastors in cross-racial/cross-cultural ministry from across the country gathered to learn and network on May 7-9, 2018, at Facing the Future 2018, The General Commission on Religion and Race’s third national conference for clergy serving in cross-racial/cross-cultural appointments.
Themed “In the Midst of the Storm,” Facing the Future 2018 was rooted in biblical and theological frameworks, featured peer-to-peer learning, deep self-reflection, and opportunities for self- initiated networking in a nurturing environment of affirmation.
In describing the conference, General Secretary Erin Hawkins stated:
“We are living in an especially turbulent time. Storms of hatred and bigotry are dividing our country and our churches. Our contemporary struggles to live together across cultures are often intensely felt by clergy serving in cross-racial and cross-cultural appointments.
As multicultural communities increase all across the country, the church must become more adept at living its mission in this context. Pastors serving in cross-racial and cross-cultural appointments can serve as key agents in the task of building beloved community especially in the face of cultural division.
Facing the Future seeks to empower and equip these pastors so that they are supported in being one of the denomination’s most underestimated resources.”
Visit the official website for Facing the Future 2018: www.facingthefuture2018.com.
If you are a United Methodist clergy serving in cross-racial or cross-cultural ministry, please join the CR/CC Clergy Facebook group.
GCORR has also written a resource for local churches and cabinets on cross-racial/cross-cultural appointment called Learning from Strangers: Best Practices for Cross-Racial and Cross-Cultural Ministry. Visit www.gcorr.org for free downloadable toolkits, videos and small group series.