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Monday, January 13, 2020

Morning: Pre-Conference – Sustainable Climate Solutions

The Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions & Mennonite Creation Care Network have partnered to offer this pre-conference retreat for pastors concerned about climate change.
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(Registration is required)

1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Worship and Introduction of SLT Theme

3:30-5:00 p.m. Keynote: Better Homes & Gardens: Finding God at Street-Level

Speaker: Shannan Martin, author, speaker and writer, Goshen IN
Jeremiah 29 is a prophetic roadmap for any who long to reorient their ordinary lives to the neighbor way. In this session, Shannan Martin will walk us through the basic plot-points of rooting ourselves firmly where we are planted so that we might honor the communities we belong to and, ultimately, awaken to God’s goodness around us.

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Ministry in Anabaptist Churches (dinner option)

Anabaptist/Mennonite students and those looking for ministry possibilities in Anabaptist/Mennonite Churches are invited to meet with leaders and conference ministers to network and learn about the journey.

7:00-9:00 p.m. Worship & Keynote:Leadership for an unchanging Church in a changing world

(session open to the public)

Speaker:  Leroy Barber, director of Innovation for Engaged Church Greater NW Area of United Methodists Church, Co-Founder Voices Project

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

7:00 - 8:00 a.m. Church Leaders/Pastor Appreciation Breakfast with the President Susan Schultz Huxman

(last name beginning with letter A-L) an opportunity to hear brief church-school updates and conversation

8:15 – 10:15 a.m. Worship and Keynote: Faith In Action: A Multi-faith Coalition of Congregations Doing Justice

Speaker: Jennifer Davis Sensenig with guests from Faith In Action

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Women in Ministry Gathering (luncheon option)

facilitated by Brenda Martin Hurst – Bring your lunch or purchase in the cafeteria

3:45 – 5:15 p.m. Keynote: Living Human Documents: CPE Alumni On the Streets

Speaker: Kenton Derstine, EMS professor of Supervised Ministry and Mentored Ministry, along with Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Alumni -- Anne Kaufman Weaver, Melanie Lewis, Nick Meyer, Lisa Meyer Vineyard, and Chet Yoder

The Clinical Pastoral Education(CPE) program at Eastern Mennonite Seminary was established in 1999 and expressed the longstanding perspective that preparation for ministry must address the holistic formation of a person along with specific skills for ministry. The factor that moved CPE at EMS from the visioning stage to implementation was a pledge by Norman and Lena Yutzy to create a one million dollar endowment to ensure the long-term viability of the program. Norman had taken CPE during an early pastorate and had regarded the experience as transforming his life and ministry.  EMS is now celebrating twenty years of CPE graduates. This plenary session will feature just a few of the program alumni, the “living human documents” who have themselves become “Shalom in the streets.” 

5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Clinical Pastoral Education 20th Anniversary Dinner & Program

Join CPE alumni and friends as we celebrate the past 20 years and envision CPE at EMS in the future. Dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m. as we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of CPE and honor the Yutzy Family for their endowment. Sara Wenger Shenk, former associate dean of Eastern Mennonite Seminary, will be our guest speaker. There will be opportunities for alumni to connect with peers, share recollections of CPE, and stories of how CPE informs their ministry.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

7:00-8:00 a.m. Church Leaders/Pastor Appreciation Breakfast with President Susan Schultz Huxman

(last name beginning with letter M-Z) an opportunity to hear brief church-school updates and conversation.

8:15-10:45 a.m. Worship

10:45 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. Keynote & closing worship

Speakers: Wrap up by our speakers, Shannon Martin, Leroy Barber, and Jennifer Davis Sensenig

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