IMAGINING LIFE TOGETHER Exploring Ecumenical Partnerships
July 25 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Come to this exciting new workshop to learn the benefits of ecumenical partnership!
Congregational renewal, redevelopment, or transformation is not a one-person project. It involves the majority of congregational members actively working together toward mutually discerned goals so that their ministry is life-giving for their communities. Some congregations are faced with circumstances that make this effort exceedingly difficult to do alone, Other congregations are looking to make their ministry thrive further and deeper in their communities. We have seen partnerships significantly change circumstances and assets. Ecumenical partnerships allow two or more congregations to engage with their members, neighbors, and communities more effectively. Finding creative opportunities to grow mission, build community, and for new ventures to blossom through collaboration.
Stories will be shared by leaders linked to the following partnerships:
- McMinnville Cooperative Ministries. McMinnville, OR. A joint ministry of McMinnville United Methodist Church and Trinity Lutheran Church of McMinnville.
- Spirit of Grace. Hood River, OR. A Methodist-Lutheran cooperative church.
- Eastminster Legacy (The Presbytery of the Cascades and UCC)
- Leaven Community Land & Housing Coalition. OR. A statewide collective effort among faith communities, including congregations from different denominations – ELCA, The Presbyterian of the Cascades, United Methodist Church, Episcopal Church.
Please RSVP via this Google form.
You will receive a follow up email with the Zoom meeting links and details the week of the event.
“We want to spark curiosity, we need to open our imagination together.”
– Bishop Laurie Larson Caesar. Oregon Synod-ELCA
“We want to support an initial discernment process that many congregational leaders are looking for.”
– Rev. Brian Heron. Presbyter for Vision and Mission. Presbytery of the Cascades
“There is an emerging hope when we overcome our own isolation. We have seen good news when congregations have engaged in partnerships for mission.”
– Rev. Tim Overton-Harris. Columbia District Superintendent. The United Methodist Church
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