United Methodists of Greater New Jersey

Foundations for Just, Inclusive, and Equitable Ministries in the Local Church

April 19, 26 and May 3 | 7 pm – 8:30pm | ZOOM

Facilitators: Rev. Dr. Sammy Arroyo, Resourcing Director

Rev. Dr. Tanya Linn Bennett, Drew University Chaplain, Associate Dean for Vocation and Formation, and Associate Professor in the Practice of Public Theology and Vocation at Drew Theological School

Our baptismal covenant calls us to "accept the freedom and power God gives you to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves." When we participate in Holy Communion, we proclaim that our Lord Jesus Christ was anointed by the Holy Spirit to "preach good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, and to announce that the time had come when you would save your people. He healed the sick, fed the hungry, and ate with sinners."

GNJ’s Journey of Hope Strategic Plan “strongly encourages all GNJ leaders and disciples each year to participate in a study and conversation that helps people continually turn outward and work toward a racially just, inclusive and equitable church.” With this workshop, both clergy and laity will begin to build the foundations for a Justice and Mercy ministry in their congregations. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

1-      Think biblically and theologically about the work of justice and mercy in their communities.

2-      Practice justice and mercy as a spiritual discipline.

3-      Identify areas in which their community can engage in justice and mercy ministries.

4-      Explore asset-based organizing.

Pre-work: Pre-reading will be emailed to participants.

We strongly encourage congregations to sign up as a group, with both laity and their pastor (or associate pastor) as participants.

Date/Time:
4/19/2023 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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