HIGHLIGHTS: HEARTS ON FIRE!
- Excerpted from The Reconciling Ministries Network Digest
Wednesday, September 7, 2005
HIGHLIGHTS: HEARTS ON FIRE!
Visit: http://rmnetwork.blogspot.com/ for more detail. DVDs of
worship, bible study, bishop's keynote, panel, and listening posts
will be available. Order through meg@....
- As the first act of worship together when we gathered on Friday,
Hearts On Fire! lifted up in prayer those affected by Hurricane
Katrina and took up an offering--now over $13,000. Special emphasis
was given to the loss of Gulfside -- the unique place of hospitality
for African Americans during the time of the Central Jurisdictional
Conference of the UMC. You can still be a part of this special
offering by visiting
and designating Katrina Relief. This collection will be forwarded by
Reconciling Ministries Network through UMCOR--Hurricane Relief. Also
related: RMN will coordinate mission teams through UM Volunteers In
Mission to send to New Orleans when the time is right for such teams
to begin work. Please forward your interest and experience in
participating in a mission team next year to troy@....
- Exciting worship, coordinated by Heather Elkins, and challenging
preaching began each day following the accounts of Elijah-Elisha.
Beth Stroud challenged those gathered to look past the noise and
engage the silence and to listen for God's will. Bishop Minerva
Carcaño proclaimed there is room at the foot of the cross for all
us. Rev. Margaret Mallory encouraged participants to "take the dare"
and pick up the mantle for justice. Rev. James Preston searched
through our own failings as the UMC and as Reconcilers confessing our
crises and still proclaiming a future with hope. Rev. Dr. Karen
Oliveto explored the message of the book of Acts for our community.
Bishop Richard Wilke delivered a keynote address on the Jerusalem
Council of Acts Chapter 15.
- Words of encouragement and welcome to Hearts on Fire were received
by local residents of Lake Junaluska, Waynesville, North Carolina and
the US including nearly 40 of our UM Bishops. Jimmy Carr received an
overwhelming standing ovation as he extended greetings from the Lake
- Music flowed through the event with Mark Miller and band in
worship, mountain music from the Sugar Camp String Band for the ice
cream social, cabaret with Cassandra Marsh for Affirmation's 30th
anniversary, and a concert by Jason and deMarco.
- Generosity continued to flow with an offering collected of $30,100
for the continued ministry of Reconciling Ministries Network as Randy
Miller invited us to keep being an organization that saves peoples
- Participants were on the edge of their seats for the historic
Future With Hope panel of Bishops and the following Listening Posts
including testimony from Hearts on Fire participants. Bishops
Dyck, Jones, Morrison, Schol and Talbert offered diverse perspectives
and a unique glimpse into the interaction between bishops and
2. LOCAL, REGIONAL GRASSROOTS IMMEDIATE FOCUS
Moving forward from Lake Junalusaka, RMN is committed to continuing
to strengthen the grassroots of our movement and to "go where we have
not gone before." RMN board member Randy Miller reminded the group,
"This is critical; our presence saves lives." Expanding upon the
successes of 2004, our goals include more interstate circuit riding
tours. The staff commitment is to spend 60% of our efforts organizing
and networking new teams and communities.
Each of you is essential to this effort. You are the grassroots! With
feedback from area networking groups at Hearts on Fire, we will
coordinate strategically to reach farther and farther while continuing
to strengthen ongoing communities and congregations.
We are scheduling regional and local gatherings now for 2006. Your
input is essential. Contact our primary circuit rider Sue Laurie at
sue@... or Troy Plummer at troy@.... [Both are
currently out of the office, so please be patient.] Help us help you
to help the church. We are United Methodists of all sexual
orientations and gender identities making disciples of Jesus Christ
for the transformation of the world!
For additional information you may contact the Reconciling Ministries
Network office at:
Reconciling Ministries Network
3801 N. Keeler Avenue
Chicago, IL 60641
Or visit us on the web at www.RMNetwork.org.
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