Global Mission Conference in April at VTS to highlight mission as connection
“Mission Connects Us: God, World, Church” is the theme of the annual Global Mission Conference for 2018 organized by the Global Episcopal Mission Network (GEMN) at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, April 11-13.
You are invited to attend the conference as a way to catalyze global engagement in your congregation. An important opportunity is the Mission Formation Program that takes place the day before the conference, on April 10, also at VTS. Conference and Formation Program registration information is available here.
Co-sponsored by the Center for Anglican Communion Studies at VTS, the conference will emphasize creating and nurturing strong global mission companionships in a time of religious, political and economic polarization around the world. The theology and practice of building relationships of mutual solidarity and friendship will be central in the presentations of the keynote speakers:
- The Rev. Canon John Kafwanka, Director of Mission for the Anglican Communion
- The Rev. Dr. Robert Heaney, Director of VTS’s Center for Anglican Communion Studies
- Ms. Monica Vega and Ms. Heidi Schmidt, Episcopal-sponsored Missionaries in Argentina, with experience also in South Africa and Brazil
- The Rev. David Copley, Director of Global Partnerships and Mission Personnel for the Episcopal Church
Workshops will focus on such topics as healthy short-term mission trips, asset-based community development, companion diocese relationships, missionary identity, healthcare connections, and missional spirituality.
Participants in the pre-conference Mission Formation Program, which is open to all, explore mission theology and history, mission discernment and standards, partnership and companionship in mission, congregational and diocesan support, mission team and project development, leadership styles and group process. Enrollees attend two annual programs, read several books, and carry out field work projects in the intervening year. Upon completing the program, participants receive GEMN’s certification as Global Mission Agents. The Mission Formation Program is the only such offering in the Episcopal Church.
Formed in 1994, GEMN is a freestanding network of dioceses, congregations, seminaries, mission organizations and individuals committed to engaging and promoting global mission throughout the church. The Diocese of Oregon is a founding member of GEMN.
For more information about the conference or the Mission Formation Program, contact GEMN’s Oregon representative, Fr. Jim Boston: 802.326.3157 or at firstname.lastname@example.org