Annual Conference Program

Pre Conference Workshop
Monday, June 18, 2018 – 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Oh Sing to the Lord a New Story

In this session we will explore the power of story to form and shape communities. We will focus on ways that we as leaders can learn to hear the story of a community in ways that are compassionate and truthful such that we can enable a community to learn to re-narrate its own story in the light of the larger Gospel story of which it is a part.

Dr. Mindy Makant is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and director of the Youth and Family Ministry Program at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina.

Plenary Session
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 – 9:30 am to 12:45 pm

Familiar Tunes and Emerging Melodies: Expeditions to What’s Possible

In Tuesday Morning’s plenary, we will take an integral perspective to our work with congregations, religious systems and their leaders and we will be honing practices that allow us to move more deliberately toward the horizon that opens rather than limits the possibilities before a congregation during a transition time.

Dr. Lawrence Peers has graduate degrees in clinical psychology and in theology, and doctorate degrees in congregational studies (Hartford Seminary) and in Organizational Change (Pepperdine University.) He is a Professional Certified Coach and a certified Leadership Circle Profile coach and an Immunity to Change facilitator.

Dr. Peers will also lead a workshop during the Tuesday workshop session.

Plenary Session
Wednesday June 20, 2018 – 9:00 am to 12:15 pm

Creating a New Song

Songs have the power to connect us to our traditions, while opening us up to something new. They have the ability to unearth grief and create joy. In other words, songs can help us to do those things we are called to do in interim ministry. In our time together, we will explore the power of song, recall ancient Psalms and formative melodies, and create a new song together.

Rev. Howard Merritt has served Presbyterian (USA) churches in the swamps of Cajun Louisiana, a bayside village in Rhode Island, and an urban neighborhood of Washington, DC. Her committee and board work with the church includes serving as Moderator of the Special General Assembly Committee on the Nature of the Church in the 21st Century. 

Rev. Howard Merritt will also lead a workshop during the Wednesday workshop session. 


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