The Dongbu Annual Conference is our sister Conference and every other year a group of delegates travel to the other Conference for their Annual Conference session. In April 2016, North Central District Superintendent Forrest Wells and a small delegation representing Wisconsin--including lay leaders Deanna Shimko and Dorothy Radley--were in South Korea. They brought greetings at the opening session of Annual Conference and Wells preached for their ordination service on April 6 and at Wonju First Korean Methodist Church on April 10 before returning to the USA. The primary focus of their presence at the Dongbu Annual Conference was to continue to build and nurture relationships with our sister Conference and to dialogue about ways to partner together toward mutual understanding and ministry.
Bishop Jung, our five District Superintendents and clergy and laity leadership from across the Wisconsin Conference made a goodwill trip and spiritual pilgrimage to Korea October 3-14, 2016 to meet Christian leaders and visit churches and significant spiritual sites as well as connect with our sister Dongbu conference. This is the largest trip of its kind to Korea, as 28 of our leaders made the journey together to celebrate our global connection.
Members of the Dongbu Conference will be at Wisconsin's Annual Conference in June 2017 and will be feted at the Saturday evening meal.