Whole-Hearted Church Life & Leadership

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The Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ invites you an interactive, participatory workshop led by Resolutions Northwest in fulfillment of our Resolution to be an Anti-Racist Conference.

Come and explore:

  • What does it mean for people to feel really welcome, not just greeted or tolerated?
  • Whose stories do not yet shape the history, culture, worship and identity of your church?
  • How is God calling your church to live the gospel from the “inside out” by embracing the margins?
  • What does life look like outside the mainline-church-industrial-complex?

We will investigate issues of institutional equity and justice: how we hold and share power, nurture presence for marginalized voices and leadership, and embody radical welcome within our churches, conference and the wider world.

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017
Potluck @ Noon; Workshop 1pm to 5pm
First Congregational UCC: 1126 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
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Our Facilitators:

A facilitator, trainer, and mediator with Resolutions Northwest and in private practice, Teri Pierson has been facilitating groups for a dozen years and has trained on topics related to equity and inclusion for more than two decades. A white bisexual woman who grew up here in Portland, Teri is committed to lifelong learning to uncover her own blind spots, learn from her mistakes, and become more effective at advancing racial and social justice.

A retired educator, arts advocate and trained movement instructor, Liz Fouther-Branch has used her platform to be a voice for marginalized communities and artists and has helped to develop programming incorporating equity-informed practice, mindfulness and self-care strategies. She is also a second-generation Black Woman born, raised and educated in Oregon. She shares stories of her lived experience growing up in the Pacific NW. Hobbies: Researching family history/Storytelling and fiber arts.

Open to all members of the Central Pacific Conference, United Church of Christ. Participate online via Zoom if you are more than an hour’s drive from Portland. Congregations are encouraged to attend in groups of 2-3.

Questions? Contact Rev. Elizabeth Durant at edurant@uccportland.org or RSVP by phone to 503-946-1042.