All clergy serving in ministry in the West Ohio Conference are invited to join us for a Clergy Day Apart on Tuesday, February 7th from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at Scioto Ridge United Methodist Church, 4343 Dublin Rd., Hilliard, Ohio 43026.
Our speaker will be Rev. Dr. Joni Sancken. She will be speaking on "From Grief to Easter."
From her most recent book All Our Griefs to Bear -
Where do our churches go from here?
Church and Christian community look a lot different than they did before the horrors of the coronavirus pandemc, racial trauma, and economic uncertainty revealed difficult truths about the wounds we carry. The damage caused by trauma is deep and affects every part of our lives together. At the same time, the pandemic has upended or called into question many of our traditional ministry models. For those tasked with leading congregations through this disorienting new territory, the challenges are great indeed. Yet God's people are amazingly resilient... We cannot go back to who we were before, but the church can experience new life and renewal in the wake of trauma as God's healing and hope move through us into our world.
A complimentary boxed lunch will be provided
Registration deadline is Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at 5:00 pm.
Joni Sancken is the Professor of Homiletics at United Theological Seminary. She is an ordained pastor with Mennonite Church USA and has served as a pastor in Mennonite congregations in Indiana and Pennsylvania. Her credentials are currently held by Central District. Prior to joining the faculty at United, she served as Assistant Professor of Preaching and Practical Theology at Eastern Mennonite Seminary in Harrisonburg, VA, where she also served as the director of their Preaching Institute. Joni also served as a sessional faculty member at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and Candler School of Theology as a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University. She is an accomplished author and her latest book is "All Our Griefs to Bear: Responding with Resilience after Collective Trauma."