Mission Encounter

 MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW FOR 2017 DATES:  2017JULY 28 & 29

Bon Air UMC and Holiday Inn Express

in the Richmond Area

 

Registration Closes July 15

go to: vaumc.org/MissionEncounter

 2017 Mission Studies

  • 2017 Issue Study: Climate Justice: Call to Hope and Action 

    By Pat Watkins

    Instructor: Rev. Dr. Pat Watkins 

    This study invites you to understand climate justice, which means setting right our relationships with each other and the earth. Climate injustice is the result of climate change. The study will challenge you to see what needs to happen for climate justice to become a reality in the world today. The church needs to more powerfully model a way of doing it differently. This will entail not just focusing on the environment, but also asking hard questions regarding financial profit, a growing economy, our independent way of thinking and our understanding of efficiency. 

     

  • 2017 Spiritual Growth Study: Living as a Covenant Community 

    By Evelyn R. McDonald 

    Instructors: Rev. Nancy Robinson, 

    Rev. Michelle Kim, Kip Robinson, 

    Rev. Dr. Robert E. Vaughn, Jr.

    Covenants are found in the Bible from the moment God created man and woman until the last page of Revelation. The 2017 Spiritual Growth Study examines major covenants throughout the Bible and what they reveal about God’s character and eternal love for us. This study will enhance your understanding of how God works with us, in us, and through us. 

    As we explore these covenants, we will discover that covenantal living calls us to acts of mercy and justice, not only with those in our community, but with all—regardless of their social, political, financial, or religious standing. Through covenantal living, we are connected to God, others, and the whole creation.

     

  • 2017 Geographic Study: Missionary Conferences of the United Methodist Church in the United States 

    By J. Ann Craig with special 

    contributions by Deborah Bass 

    Instructors: Rev. Dr. Glenn Rowley, Deaconess Lisa Nichols, Rev. Dr. Stanley Hargraves 

    The 2017 Geographic Study tells the story of the three missionary conferences of The United Methodist Church: Alaska United Methodist Conference, Red Bird Missionary Conference, and the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference. You will learn about the history and how each conference is founded as well as how they add to the richness of the United Methodist connection in the United States. The study explores church history alongside U.S. history in these regions, our ability to both welcome and marginalize those we consider different from ourselves, and the ways in which the church comes together to welcome and support our sisters and brothers through creative and authentic ministry. 

     

  • Joined and Held Together: A Children’s Study on Missionary Conferences 

    By Margaret Snider 

    Instructor: Monica Sprague

    This mission study for children  dives deep into the wealth of  ministry, history, and diversity of  the Alaska United Methodist,  Oklahoma Indian Missionary, and  Red Bird Missionary Conferences. Children learn what it means to be people of faith from interaction with the people who care for them. Through discussions, activities, and games, children will experience the power of connection and mutuality of mission that are vital to our identity as United Methodists.

    

Mission Encounter 2017 Registration
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Books

Climate Justice: Call to Hope and Action    

 

study book by Pat Watkins

This study invites you to understand climate justice, which means setting right our relationships with each other and the earth. Climate injustice is the result of climate change. The study will challenge you to see what needs to happen for climate justice to become a reality in the world today. The church needs to more powerfully model a way of doing it differently. This will entail not just focusing on the environment, but also asking hard questions regarding financial profit, a growing economy, our independent way of thinking and our understanding of efficiency. 

 

order paper version online

 

order Kindle edition online

Living as a Covenant Community

Evy McDonald

This study examines major covenants throughout the Bible and what they reveal about God’s character and eternal love for us. It will enhance your understanding of how God works with us, in us, and through us.

order paper English version online

order paper Korean version online

order Kindle edition online

Missionary Conferences of the United Methodist Church in the United States

J. Ann Craig

Special Contributor, Deborah Bass

 

This study gives the reader a foundational understanding

of mission and ministries of the three U.S. missionary conferences of The United Methodist Church: Alaska United Methodist Conference, Red Bird Missionary Conference, and Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference. 108 pp.

 

order paper version online

order Kindle  edition online

Mission Study: Children Guide 2017

Joined and Held Together

A Children’s Study on Missionary Conferences

Margaret Snider

 

Children will learn how the missionary conferences connect us to each other and to the history of our church. The four sessions explore our connections and our differences and will encourage children ages 5–12 to see how both strengthen our community and our place within it.

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