Resisting Injustice: Leading Through Divided Times
Saturday, January 30, 2021 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

The last Saturday of January each year has traditionally been set aside as the Ohio River Valley District's Leadership Training Day. This year will be no exception; however, since the virus is not behind us yet we'll be meeting virtually. Using an exciting event platform called Whova, we are planning a very special day for you. This year's timely focus will be on leadership in divided times and courageous responses to various forms of injustice, with two extraordinary keynote speakers.

Our first keynote speaker will be Rev. Dr. Doug Powe, Jr. who will share thoughts and encouragement to help us be agents for change. After two workshop sessions, the day will conclude with a special conversation between our West Ohio Bishop, Gregory Palmer, and District Superintendent, Todd Anderson. They'll discuss personal and professional experiences of race at the intersection of neighborhoods, communities and the church.



Schedule of Events
9:00 am  - 10:00 am     Opening worship with The Warehouse Praise Band and Keynote Address by the Rev. Dr. F. Douglas Powe, Jr. on "Leading, Sustaining and Discrupting Change."
10:10 am - 10:55 pm     Session 1 Workshops
11:05 am - 11:50 am      Session 2 Workshops
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm    A Conversation with Bishop Gregory V. Palmer


Workshops (click here to see full descriptions)

Getting the Discussion Started Rev. Lisa Kerwin with panelists 
Emerging Paradigms for Justice-focused Ministry Ms. Reba Collins, Dr. Mike Davis
Courageous Conversations Rev. Dr. Scott Hughes
Immigration Justice: For Real! Rev. David Meredith and more
S/PPRC - More Than Keeping Everyone Happy Dr. Todd Anderson, Dr. Suzanne Allen
Cultural Competency: Serving a Diverse Mission Field Rev. April Casperson
Resources for Engaging Young People in Social Justice                Rev. Benji Sayre, Rev. Brent Dearnell
More Than Just a "Nice Sermon" Rev. Meshach Kanyion, Dr. Suzanne Allen
Creating Goodness: Moving Students Towards Advocacy Rev. Carl Gladstone


There is a fee of $10 to participate in this training.  A gift packet will be mailed to you prior to the event.


Through Whova, you will register for the event by clicking the button below. Once registered you will be prompted to download the Whova app. There you will see workshop sessions with speaker bios and photos. The day will begin in worship with the praise band from the Warehouse, a satellite of Hyde Park Community UMC.  Dr. Doug Powe will present his keynote address. After a short break you choose which workshop you want to attend. There is no limit on the number of attendees in each one. You can even move to a different session if you want!  A short break will follow and then you choose your second workshop. We'll all come back together again at the end of the day to hear personal reflections from Bishop Palmer, moderated by Rev. Dr. Todd Anderson and with a time for Q & A.  Please note, the last day to register is Wednesday, January 27, 2021. 


Register now on Whova
Nancy Newton