Preaching in the Storm
by Rev. Stephen Handy, Rev. Dr. Jerry DeVine, and Rev. Moonyoung Lee
This workshop will be experienced as a dialogical opportunity for participants to be more introspective, reflective and conversational. Everyone knows that in life “predictable and unpredictable” storms emerge and how we prepare to respond to them can bring more chaos or a greater sense of kingdom peace for the beloved community. We will explore together how each biblical scene in the “storm narrative” engenders and then expresses “different responses” in the midst of the storm. We are invited into a safe place for conversation about the experience of preaching in a variety of storms whether spiritual, political, racial, sociological, or emotional. As we read and experience Matthew’s version of the disciples and Jesus in the storm, there is the reality of the integration and intersection of “storm scenarios” that each Peter, the disciples and Jesus experience and speak to from different perspectives. Come and experience peer-to-peer learning as a way to experience solace and liberation as we preach in the storm.
Rev. Dr. Jerome (Jerry) DeVine is currently the Director of Connectional Ministries for the Detroit Conference where he is engaging leaders and conference agencies toward congregational vitality, leadership effectiveness and mission engagement. DeVine has deep generational roots in The United Methodist Church. While he started his ministry on the plains of South Dakota, he has since travelled extensively on behalf of the denomination, across the United States and in 11 other countries. He served for 18 years in the Peninsula-Delaware Conference and now 16 years in the Michigan Area. He has a particular passion and commitment to working multi-culturally.
The Reverend Moonyoung Lee is an ordained elder in full connection in the California-Pacific Conference and currently serves at Wilshire UMC in Los Angeles.
As a bilingual, the art of bridge building comes naturally to her and it is her hope to exercise culturally competent and sensitive pastoral care and leadership to bring peace and unity within congregations with different language ministries. She was a member of Cal- Pac’s Cross-Cultural Bridge Team (CCBT), and served the connection as the secretary for National Federation of Asian-American United Methodists (NFAAUM) and National Association of Korean-American UM Pastors Serving Cross-Racial/Cultural Appointment (NAKAUMPSCRA). Prior to joining NFAAUM and NAKAUMPSCRA, she has served as a mentor to GBHEM’s “The Journey Toward Ordained Ministry”, a program for racial-ethnic minority students seeking ordination in the UMC, and is passionate about raising future leaders of the United Methodist Church. In addition, Pastor Moonyoung is a storyteller and delights in the opportunity to preach the good news of Jesus Christ.
Furthermore, she is a self-proclaimed travelholic and confesses to being bitten by a travel bug a quite some time ago. Pastor Moonyoung hopes to see the top 7 wonders of the world, and treasures every opportunity that comes her way to satisfy her wanderlust.
What We Don’t Think We Think: An Inside/Outside Look at Implicit Bias
by Rev. Michelle Ledder
The chasm between the intention to live into increasingly honorable forms of racial justice and institutional equity and the present outcomes in the United Methodist Church are wide and deep. The U.S. UMC remains over 93% white; CR/CC pastors of color are expected, simply by their presence in mostly or all white congregations, to overcome generations of racism; and structural racism is still defended with “I didn’t know’s” and “but we don’t have diversity here.” How is it that even with explicit progress and goal charts, a stated values commitment for intercultural competency, and the good intentions behind them we still end up with different outcomes than we intended? Implicit bias is what sometimes stands in the way. By looking at “what we don’t think we think” we can get to one root of the problem between our intended goals and the actual outcomes. In this workshop, participants will engage in a “both/and” approach: considering both how implicit bias functions within themselves and their contexts. Each participant will receive a workshop booklet to use beyond the Facing the Future conference as well as a copy of GCORR’s workbook on crafting sermons on implicit bias with congregations.
Rev. Michelle Ledder is the Director of Program Ministries at the General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) where she focuses on helping the UMC, at all levels, live into increasingly honorable forms of racial justice and institutional equity. Rev. Ledder is an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and serves as an Associate Minister at Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, DC. Michelle is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Emory University with a focus in Homiletics (Preaching) and Pedagogy (Teaching). Her dissertation title, “To Tell the Truth in Love: An Anti-Racist Homiletic for the 21st Century,” constructs a model of anti-racism preaching utilizing Cornell West’s “justice is what love looks like in public,” James Baldwin’s “if I love you I have to make you conscious of the things you don’t see,” and prophetic preaching. Rev. Ledder lives in the Northeast Quadrant of Washington, DC with her husband of over 18 years and their 11-year-old Schnoodle, Webster.
Spiritual Formation with Various Spiritual Types
by Rev. In-Sook Hwang
Spiritual Formation is a life-long journey with others to be formed in Christ-likeness. Even though there is a common destination, there are various ways to get there, based on spiritual types. This workshop provides a practical tool to identify his/her spiritual type and congregation’s spiritual type, using the book Discover Your Spiritual Type authored by Corinne Ware. It will help us to understand the richness of differences in spiritual types and to guide us to plan toward deeper spiritual growth in a congregation.
Rev. In-Sook Hwang grew up in Seoul, Korea before coming to USA in 1981. Her home church in Korea nurtured her to be rooted in spiritual disciplines and centered in the life of the church. She experienced the wilderness journey in her new life in USA as she was uprooted, displaced and disoriented. This wilderness journey created a sacred space in her heart to hear God’s call and to surrender to God’s guidance. After she responded to God’s call and became a clergy, she became reoriented toward a new spiritual journey as an ordained pastor.
She has been passionate about three areas in her ministry. One is disciple making through short-term and long term Bible studies. The second one is spiritual formation as she was very blessed to complete the Two-Year Academy for Spiritual Formation and contributed to creating the Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation in her conference. And the third one is intercultural competency training. She was involved in creating the intercultural competency training leadership team. She served as District Superintendent which gave her an opportunity to have a balcony view on ministries and mission.
Her husband, Bong-Choul is a retired clergy. They have two grown daughters and four grandchildren. She loves singing in her church choir, enjoy walking outside, reading books and cooking Korean dishes.
Wespath’s Resources for Clergy Well-Being
by Leah Holzwarth, MS
Wespath Benefits and Investments is committed to helping clergy maintain and improve their well-being. Our focus is a wholistic one, based on five dimensions of well-being: physical, social, spiritual, emotional and financial. This ranges from sustainable investments, connecting with one another, retirement planning and improving physical fitness and nutrition. This presentation will highlight the tools, resources and programs Wespath has in place to help clergy vitality.
Leah Holzwarth is the Manger, Health and Well-Being for Wespath Benefits and Investments an agency of the United Methodist Church. Leah has more than thirty years of health and well-being experience working in healthcare, collegiate and religious settings. Leah holds degrees from the University of Iowa and the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and has certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Wellness Institute. Leah’s well-being work has been recognized by the National Business Group on Health, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, and has earned numerous local awards for improving workforce well-being.
She has spoken at international, national and local events on topics ranging from well-being program design and importance of health policy, to how well-being programs create engaged workforces and why well-being programs need to be part of an organization’s sustainability strategy.
In her off-time she is an avid swimmer, explorer, needlepoint and jewelry enthusiast and volunteer at her local United Methodist church. She also loves spending time with her niece and nephews.
Worship as an Agent for Change
by Rev. Lydia Muñoz and Worship Team
As we consider our work in Cross Racial/Cross Cultural ministry and settings, the most visible and often challenging areas of ministry is in the preparation and design of worship. If you are a clergy person of color, stepping into congregations that have never experienced and/or never been willing to expand their taste buds with other worship traditions and flavors, you know it can be a place where loneliness and frustration can be experienced. Yet at the same time, as a clergy persons committed to reaching out to all of God's children, becoming part of your congregations context and voice is part of being the incarnational presence of Christ that is so important in our time of corporate worship. How, then do we prepare worship that challenges our assumptions about "what we have always done" and meets the needs of our congregational context at the same time moves us to change and transformation? How do we design worship in a Cross Racial/Cross Cultural, Multicultural Setting that becomes prophetic, liberating and a glimpse of God's Reign on earth as it is in heaven? This workshop/conversation is designed to explore this very idea and discuss some "best practices" from our collective experience. Come and join us.
Rev. Lydia E. Muñoz, an Elder in the Eastern Penn Conference and currently serves as the lead pastor of Church of the Open Door in Kennett Square, Pa. Open Door is a 15 year old new church start that was developed as an intentionally inclusive and diverse congregation from its inception. She is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary and is currently working on a Doctorate of Ministry at Drew Theological School focusing on Worship, Preaching and Spirituality.
Among her experience developing ministries of justice among marginalized and multicultural communities, Lydia has been involved in leading worship for 20 years in varied and diverse settings, both locally and nationally, including for the World Council of Churches Assembly in South Korea 2013 and the United Methodist General Conference in 2012 and the Festival of Sacred Arts in Falstbo, Sweden. She has a passion for following the Spirit’s lead in the creation of sacred moments and spaces for emergent communities, where together as the gathered we can experience the transformative power of God. Her general rule for worship is that the Church needs to worship and live incarnationally, which means we live what we sing and we sing what we want to live and what we are working to become- God’s Reign on Earth.
Lydia lives with her husband the Rev. James McIntire, Esq. and her son William Gabriel Caraballo Muñoz, Lindsay McIntire and their dogs Ella and Mac!
Self, Other, and the Space in-between: Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity
by Rev. Young-Mee Park
Do you think that people are people and that it’s a small world after all? Or, are you terrified by the differences among people, realizing the distance that separates them, but not knowing what to do about it? Maybe, you are somewhere in-between, wondering and pondering how to turn this tension-filled space between self and other into a place that abounds with God’s grace and welcome.
The Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (DMIS) was created by Dr. Milton Bennett as a framework to understand the reactions that people can have to cultural differences. Using the Development Model of Intercultural Sensitivity as a tool, we will learn to identify the underlying cognitive orientations individuals use to understand cultural differences. We will also have an opportunity to apply this model to our own context and engage in a deep self-reflection on our own mindset, heart-set, and skill set for cross-racial/cross-cultural ministries.
Rev. Young-Mee Park is a second-career clergywoman with the experience of living, working, and going to school in three different continents – Asia, Europe, and America. Born and raised in Korea, Rev. Park went to school in France and obtained a BA, an MA, and a PhD degrees in Linguistics there. After ten years of teaching experience in Korea, she came to the United States and went to Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. It was not necessarily with the intention to become a pastor, but because she had so many questions about the life of faith. Yet, her seminary was such a liberating and empowering experience that she decided to pursue ordination and enter ministry. Upon graduation from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Rev. Park has served in both rural and suburban settings, both as an associate and a solo pastor. Having been “a foreigner” in many different places, Rev. Park is passionate about crossing boundaries and bringing down the dividing walls. She firmly believes that the church’s mission is inherently cross-racial/cross-cultural. Rev. Park is currently serving as a District Superintendent in Northern Illinois Conference.
Leading Change: Unleashing Commitment, Creativity and Community
by Erin M. Hawkins
Pastors in Cross Racial/Cross Cultural Appointments are often change agents whose leadership invites and sometimes challenges congregation to think, see and act in new ways. How one defines leadership, however, is largely influenced by cultural factors and can be adapted without sacrificing a sense of identity or values in order to achieve more effective outcomes in ministry. In this interactive workshop, participants will reflect on their person leadership style and beliefs and experience alternative methods for making change that carry the possibility of reducing the power wars, end runs and cop outs that pastors often face.
Erin M. Hawkins is General Secretary of the General Commission on Religion and Race. She is lead official of the denominational agency that cultivates racial inclusion and the full participation of all people into the work, witness and life of The UMC. GCORR empowers church clergy and lay leadership to utilize the values of inclusion, racial equity and justice in the transformative work of vital congregations in order to build up the body of Christ. Ms. Hawkins works to share lessons in creating holy relationship with God by, “holding in tension our capacity for greatness that calls us, as Christians, to persevere in the struggle towards becoming our better selves, and to combat our worst tendencies, of racism, sexism and classism.”
Ms. Hawkins’ Master’s Degree in Organizational Development from American University in Washington, D.C. and her Masters degree in Public Policy from Indiana University have provided her an awareness of how system processes can perpetuate the sin of racism and carry from the local to the global arena.
Intercultural Competency: Tools for Navigating in the Midst of Diversity
by Rev. Giovanni Arroyo
Are you seeking ways to navigate our changing world and communities in a healthy and holy way? This workshop will define intercultural competency and provide some tools to help one grow in self-awareness, especially in terms of ho experiences are or have been shaped by the cultural and racial realities of the United States. Participants will also be equipped with a “common language” that will aid in fostering a deeper and greater sense community.
Giovanni Arroyo, a native of Puerto Rico, migrated to New York City as a young boy. As he learned English in his new elementary school, his family nurtured him in the faith at Knickerbocker United Methodist church in Brooklyn, N.Y. It was there that Giovanni recognized and answered his call into ministry.
At the age of 10, in his family’s home-based children's worship group, which served approximately 15 children four times weekly, Giovanni began his discernment process. From there, Giovanni took on various roles in his local church, as well as roles in both district and annual conference.
Professionally, Giovanni has worked in the research field with The City College of New York in language inquisition and experimental psychology, the New York State Psychiatric Institute in exposure to violence and child abuse studies, the National Development and Research Institute with young adult inject-drug users, and as a grant evaluator for the Long Island Children’s Museum.
Giovanni has served in the New York Annual Conference as pastor in a shared facility ministry setting in Norwalk, Conn. For six years, Giovanni has served Salem/Baltimore Hispanic Ministry in the Baltimore Washington Conference as the pastor of two congregations, which are housed in the same facility but are offered in two different languages. He has also served in the Baltimore Washington Conference in various leadership positions, including chair of Commission on Religion Race, executive member of Hispanic/Latino Ministries, Annual Conference worship team, clergy recruitment, immigration ministry, Justice for Our Neighbor, and others. He is a provisional elder of the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference where he is serving as Staff of The General commission on Religion and Race.