|Eastern Europe and Balkan Mission Consultation Set for November|
New York, NY, August 13, 2009--An early November consultation will bring together those who are or want to become involved in United Methodist mission partnerships in Eastern European and Balkan countries.
The West Market Street United Methodist Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, will host the November 5-7 event sponsored by the In Mission Together program of the General Board of Global Ministries.
A report from the office of Bishop Patrick Streiff of the Central and Southern Europe Episcopal Area will be presented. Reports will cover the work of The United Methodist Church and its congregations in a large area, beginning with Poland in the north and extending to Albania and other Balkan countries in the south.
"Across the Miles" is the consultation theme, based on a verse from the Prophet Isaiah, "I will give you as a light to the nations that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth" (49:67b).
The Greensboro consultation will be the sixth in a series in recent years. In Mission Together in Eastern Europe and the Balkans features the network and partnership approach common to the Mission Initiatives launched by the General Board of Global Ministries over the past 20 years. However, the ministries in Eastern Europe and the Balkans are generally older, much of them rooted in the early decades of the 20th century.
Periodic meetings inspire and encourage links among congregations in the US and Western Europe and those in Eastern Europe and the Balkans; they help to shape vision for the future, and are introductions to mission partnership for newcomers.
Workshops and plenary sessions at the consultation deal with specific mission needs and challenges in particular locations, celebrate achievements, and build a sense of mission solidarity. They look at ways Volunteers In Mission are and can be involved. There will be workshops in Greensboro focused on the work of women in Eastern Europe and the Balkans.
West Market Street Church is deeply involved in a partnership with congregations in Bulgaria. The congregation is a good "teaching church" on the positive impact of mission partnerships on its membership and sense of ministry.
Registration information is available online at the West Market Street Church website. The basic information follows:
For additional information on the consultation contact: Dick Arnold, Global Ministries consultant, Eastern Europe & Balkans, 540-961-1265, email@example.com.
Date posted: Aug 13, 2009