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The Church as Politics--Ekklesia Project Gathering 2019

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Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 12:00 PM - Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 12:00 PM (CDT)

The Church as Politics--Ekklesia Project Gathering 2019

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Ekklesia Project Summer Gathering

Gathering 2019: The Church as Politics

July 11-13, 2019 - Techny Towers - Northbrook, Illinois

 

The Ekklesia Project began twenty years ago as an attempt to foster a network of friendships among communities that see the church as a politics, not merely as a social body that might choose to be involved in politics. Recently, political developments have drawn our attention back to our fundamental commitments.  We envision this gathering as a time to reconnect to the core of our mission and gather from each other insights into how to continue. We hope, once again “to challenge ourselves and the Church to resist accommodation to America and analogous temptations globally. We humbly seek to be used by God so that together, as the Body of Christ, we might become more of what God has called us to be.” (Ekklesia Project website, “Who We Are”)

 

General Schedule 

Thursday Lunch, Welcome and Opening Worship, Plenary Session 1, Pizza Dinner

Friday Breakfast, Morning Prayer, Plenary Session 2, Plenary Session 3, Lunch, Workshops, Banquet, Worship

Saturday Breakfast, Morning Prayer, Checkout, Plenary Session 4, Closing Worship, Closing Remarks 

 

Worship 

Nancy Varden, pastor of Fulton First United Methodist Church in Fulton, KY, will be preaching to open our Gathering.

Joe Gunby, pastor of Oconee Street United Methodist Church in Athens, GA, will be preaching during our Footwashing Service.

Erin Martin, Columbia Distric Superintendent of the Oregon-Idaho Conference of the United Methodist Church will be preaching to close our Gathering.

Debra Dean Murphy and Steve Thorngate will be coordinating our worship services.  Debra will be writing the liturgies and Steve will be arranging and leading the music.

Morning Prayer will be held Friday and Saturday mornings.

 

Plenary Sessions

Kelly Johnson will be introducing each plenary speaker and framing each session with the kind of questions we are trying to address.  She will be shepherding us through our discussions after each session.

Victor Hinojosa will open with a plenary drawing from his work with communities in Latin America. Coming from his work on violence and migration in Latin America, Victor will reflect on basic rule of law functions of the state and how these functions affect the church’s interaction with the state.

Redeemer Community Church has tried to live out the church as politics in the Bayview Neighborhood of San Francisco. A panel of church members will give a "view from the trenches" and share stories to help us reflect on what it looks like for the church to practice a politics of peace centered on Christ.  

Mike Budde, the founding Coordinator of the EP, will offer a vigorous challenge for the church to resist accommodation to America. He will challenge us to to free ourselves from an empire in decline.

Stanley Hauerwas and Jonathan Tran will converse about our fundamental commitments in light of the rise of nationalism, attacks on governmental institutions, and the plight of displaced people. This dialogue will bring an important voice into our conversation as we reflect on the previous plenaries, the future of the Ekklesia Project and continue to think together about politics.

 

Workshops

The Gathered Church and the Powers that Be with members of Englewood Christian Church and the Bruderhof Community. In an age of social and political fragmentation, how does the gathered church community bear witness to a way of peaceful and open engagement both within its borders and beyond? What is the nature and end of such political engagements? Join members of Englewood Christian Church and the Bruderhof Communities as they facilitate a conversation on living the full-bodied way of Jesus as a comprehensive community.  

 
Grace Come Hell or High Water: Resurrectionary Politics with Kyle Childress.  For 51 years Austin Heights Baptist Church in Nacogdoches, Texas, has been politically active in everything from having a church member elected mayor to having surveillance on its church office phone, from organizing the local farmers’ market to having members arrested for non-violent civil disobedience. In this age of climate change, gun violence, racism, and immigration crisis what does local political activism look like for this congregation, and why?
 
Organizing Church: Practicies for Building a Transformational Congregation with Dan Rhodes. This workshop will provide basic training in some community organizing skills in order to help congregations create nimble, flexible, virtue-based communities of practice for transformational action, ministry, and mission.

 

De-centering Race and Resisting Racism with Erin Dufault-Hunter and Jonathan Tran.  "Race" served as a justification for colonialsim and slavery and today lives on through systemic oppression and inequality.  This workshop suggests a Christ-centered way of thinking about racism, a mode of Christian discipleship that can speak truthfully about our history and encourages futures open to courageous engagement in local communities, churches, and society.

 

 

Children at the Gathering

The Ekklesia Project is committed to offering children an opportunity for Christian formation and friendship during the Gathering. Sessions concurrent with the four plenaries will address the topic of politics as bounded by the church’s stories of creation, baptism, and the parables. Structured freetime and childcare are also available. View session descriptions here: https://tinyurl.com/y3xkyq9m 

If you are bringing your children and require more than one room for your family, please contact the Gathering Facilitator, Jaimee Ryan, at epfacilitator@gmail.com

Financial Assistance

The Ekklesia Project is committed to offering aid to families and individuals with financial needs. If this pertains to you, please contact the Gathering Facilitator, Jaimee Ryan, at epfacilitator@gmail.com. We also encourage those with greater financial resources to donate additional funds to help make this possible.

Individuals with Special Needs

The Ekklesia Project is able to accommodate certain dietary and handicap accessibility needs. You will be given the opportunity to communicate these needs while completing the registration form.

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Techny Towers Conference and Retreat Center
2001 Waukegan Road
Techny, IL 60062

Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 12:00 PM - Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 12:00 PM (CDT)


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The Ekklesia Project is a network of Christians who are discovering a uniting and empowering friendship rooted in our common love of God and the Church. We share four core convictions; do various things to strengthen the church and encourage one another; and continually seek out new friendships.

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