Popular speaker and advocate joining young clergy in DC
The upcoming Young Clergy Leadership Conference will be held in Washington, DC at The United Methodist Building January 25-28, 2016. This year, Church and Society will be welcoming Shane Claiborne to the conference. Several years ago, he spoke at the Living Faith, Seeking Justice event in Ft. Worth, Texas and was very well-received. Many have been blessed by the ministry of Shane Claiborne.
Shane is a founder and board member of The Simple Way, a faith community in inner city Philadelphia that has helped birth and connect radical faith communities around the world.
He writes and travels extensively speaking about peacemaking, social justice, and Jesus. Shane has written a number of books but is perhaps best known for his classic The Irresistible Revolution. He has been featured in a number of films including “Another World Is Possible” and “Ordinary Radicals.” Shane speaks over 100 times a year, nationally and internationally. You can learn more about Shane here.
“We look forward to welcoming Shane Claiborne to The United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill in Washington DC," stated Susan Henry-Crowe, General Secretary of the General Board of Church and Society. "Our building sits directly across the street from the United States Capitol. These are the halls of power where critical decisions are made each day which impact the lives of many throughout the world. Yet Shane Claiborne’s message reminds us of the reign of God and the call of Christ, a reign and call that challenge so many of our human preconceptions. It is going to be a lively dialogue.”
Church and Society is able to welcome 70 young leaders
Goals for the Young Clergy Leadership Forum include:
- Connect young clergy with the ministry of Church and Society
- Provide a forum to share knowledge and experience with one another
- Create bridges for future ministry collaboration
- Build relationships with other young clergy from across the United Methodist connection
All clergy participants must be serving full time in local churches and be between the ages of 20 and 35. Almost 600 young clergy have participated in GBCS’s Young Clergy Leadership Forum over the last fourteen years!
Already we know that we will be joined by young clergy from the Memphis, North Alabama, New Mexico, Louisiana, Great Plains, Tennessee, New York, Pacific Northwest, and Eastern Pennsylvania conferences. We are committed to having participants attend from beyond the United States as well and fourteen $500 scholarships are being offered to support travel expenses for young clergy from Central conferences.
Each United Methodist conference is invited to send up to two participants but we are only able to accept the first 70 who sign up. Space is limited.