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Leadership in Today’s Church through the Lens of Collaboration

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15 Overbrook Place

15 Overbrook Place

Asheville, NC 28805

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Visit the land of the sky in beautiful Western NC where inspiration is plentiful, as we explore collaboration as the future of the church.

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Gather with other conspirers for goodness to bear witness to existing collaborative partnerships, engage in conversations and dialogue about the intersection of institutions and movement, and imagine future collaborations for their own context.

This event is for everyone who dreams of more for the future of the world. The church is one avenue that will need to partner with various other community leaders and organizations. Pastor? Church layleader? Nonprofit executive? Nonprofit Board Member? Activist? Movement maker? Government official? Our collective capabilities are immense. Let's collaborate. Everyone is invited to share in these important conversations.

This event is organized to highlight collaboration in a variety of contexts. People who conspire for good in the world who seek to forward more just and generous faith communities, government entities, and nonprofit institutions will explore ground-breaking partnerships, the space where movements and institutions intersect, and opportunities to solve critical community issues through the collaboration of faith communities, movements for justice and the government.

Hosted by Land of the Sky United Church of Christ in collaboration with the Southern Conference of the UCC.

Contributors Include: The Rev. John Dorhauer, the Rev. Patrick Duggan, the Rev. Erica Williams, the Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara (Buncombe County Commissioner), the Rev. Tami Forte Logan, Mayor Esther Manheimer (City of Asheville), the Rev. Sharon Ellis Davis, the Rev. John Myers, the Rev. Luke Lingle, the Rev. Milly Morrow, Holly Roach Knight, the Rev. Shannon Spencer, the Rev. Marcia Mount Shoop, Matt Addis, the Rev. Sara Wilcox and many more.

This region is full of goodness and the Spirit of God moves through this place! Come check it out.

Panels Include:

Local Collaborations in WNC (Get Real): Thursday 6pm at Haw Creek Commons

Chaos: The Realities for Institutions and Movements Seeking to Collaborate (Gain Understanding): Friday 9am

The Intersection of Governments, the Church and Movements (Gain Knowledge): Friday 2:30pm

Cultivating Collaboration (Get Connected): Friday 6:15 pm

Breakouts (more will be added):

Clarity of Purpose and Vision-Catechism of Community: Matt Addis, Marcia Mount Shoop and Sara Wilcox

Vision, Mission, and Strategic Planning for Congregations: Church Building and Loan: Patrick Duggan

Where Do You Stand? Chaplain of the Empire or Prophet of God: Erica Williams

Launch and Lead: Luke Lingle

Got Land? The Crisis of Housing and How Churches Can Help: BeLoved

Youth Mission Committed to the Movement not Subject to the Institution: Michael Poulos

Courage, Difference, and Power in Social Movements: Tami Forte Logan and Holly Roach Knight

Contemplative Walking and Wondering: Practices Rooted in Movement: Holly Roach Knight

Planning Your Collaboration: John Myers and Sara Wilcox

Spaces Open Throughout:

Contemplative Chapel

Commons Cafe

Tentative Schedule can be found here.

NOTE: If you are UCC Clergy, the UC Funds Brown Grant is providing a number of partial and full scholarship. They are first come first serve. If you need a scholarship, please claim the one you need. If you have plenty, consider a half scholarship to allow others access to a full scholarship. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PURCHASE A GENERAL ADMISSION ticket if you claim a scholarship.

Additional Meals:

Friday Lunch (Ticketed $12): Mexican Lunch Feast provided by Mujeres Unidas en Fe from La Esperanza from the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit of Mars Hill (This will be amazing!)

Saturday Morning (Ticketed $10): Clergy Breakfast with the Rev. John Dorhauer


WNC is home to many awesome Air BNBs.

Hosts we know and love:

Need a house share? Complete this form and we will try to place you with a local church family.

Haw Creek Commons Retreat House (Information Forthcoming)


  • GLO, 509 Tunnel Road, Asheville, 28805, 828-417-9300
    • 2 Queens Bed, Full Breakfast included ; Thursday $87.97, Friday $165.94 (includes tax)-Total: $253.91
    • Reservations under: LCLSUCC
    • Book Room By August 26th
  • Best Western, 501 Tunnel Road, Asheville, 28805, 828-298-5562
    • 2 Queens Bed, Full Breakfast included ; Thursday $77.97, Friday $155.94 (includes tax)-Total: $233.91
    • Reservations under: LCLSUCC
    • Book Room By August 26th
    • Comfort Inn, 1435 Tunnel Rd., Asheville 28805, 828-298-4000
      • 2 Double Beds, breakfast included-Thursday is $84.60, Friday is $149 plus 13% tax=$263.97 (includes tax
      • 1 King, breakfast included- Thursday is $89.10, Friday is $154.00 plus 13% tax=$274.71 (includes tax)
      • Reservations under: Land of the Sky UCC
      • Book Room by August 19th

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