WI Conference Weekly ENews: Pilgrimage to Turkey & Greece, 2022 Faith Alive! 2.0

Conference News

Join Bishop Jung and Rev. Scott Carlson on a Pilgrimage to Turkey and Greece to Study Paul and The Early Church

It is such a gift to be able to travel to the ancient world and see the places and the customs of how our ancestors in the faith have lived. This type of intentional travel helps to bring the world of the Bible alive. In addition, we have a chance to deepen our relationships with others who travel. When we deepen our relationships with others and with our scriptures, it fosters a deepening relationship with God. 

Traveling with the Society for Biblical Studies and Rev. Peter Miano helps us to learn more of the roots of our faith. Peter is also intentional about helping us understand what is happening today, in the lands where we travel. Come, travel with us and allow God to walk with you and transform and deepen your faith.  More Information 

Faith Alive! 2.0 in 2022

Faith Alive 2.0 will be offered in January and April of 2022. The goals remain the same: To help all participants to explore their faith – To offer an opportunity for learning and growth – To bring knowledgeable faculty members who can share their wisdom with those wishing to deepen their faith. This is a GREAT OPPORTUNITY for YOU to grow your faith!

These sessions will be open, via ZOOM, to all laity and clergy in the Wisconsin Conference. NOTE: Past participants of Faith Alive! are welcome to join us for Faith Alive 2.0.  All participants may sign up for one or both sessions. We do ask that anyone signing up plan to participate for the full session(s).
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Northcott Neighborhood Trunk or Treat at Children and Community Festival

Join Northcott Neighborhood House, 2460 N 6th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53212, on Sunday, October 31 from 11:30am until 3pm for their first Trunk or Treat! It's a family event so bring the entire family. Sponsors, vendors, and supporters will have decorated trunks and plenty of treats for the children. For more information call Northcott Neighborhood House at 414.372.3770.

Faith In Action Day at Sun Prairie UMC

The Sun Prairie United Methodist Church recently had "Faith In Action Saturday" where 45 people worked at 6 different community mission projects to serve the Sun Prairie area. We filled Halloween bags for DAIS, did yard work at the Colonial Club, helped assemble furniture at the new Sun Prairie Explore Children's Museum, filled bags to be delivered to those working on Christmas this year, made treat bags for Sunshine Supper, made toys for the Humane Society and helped do yardwork and other projects at the church. It was a beautiful fall day and everyone enjoyed serving and fellowship together!

Denominational News


United Methodist Bishops Meet to Discuss Church Future, Elect New Officers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Facing the challenges of the COVID-19 epidemic, the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church will meet November 2-5 to discuss the future of the continuing United Methodist Church, elect new officers and address other timely topics. 

The more than 100 bishops from Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America will be in attendance during the Zoom meeting that will also include continuing work to dismantle racism, promote discipleship; and strengthen mission strategies in the world-wide denomination. 
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Mission News

Salley Takes on New Education Role at Africa University

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — James H. Salley has been named the president and CEO of Africa University (Tennessee). The board of directors voted to create the position as part of the ongoing evolution of governance within the United Methodist-related institution in Zimbabwe. Africa University (Tennessee) is one of three legal entities that comprise Africa University. Salley will continue as associate vice chancellor for institutional advancement.
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Other Resources


Webinar on Working-From-Home Best Practices

The General Council on Finance and Administration has scheduled a webinar at 10 a.m. U.S. Central time Nov. 11 on the best practices for remote work. The webinar, led by GCFA human resources professionals, will include tips for developing a "work from home" policy and ideas for a hybrid work environment. The webinar costs $25.
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Be A Disciple Presents New Online Course: Crossing the Bridge- Life After Loss

We all experience losses in our life: divorce, the loss of a job, the loss of physical ability, relocating from one place to another, traumatic injury, limitations due to age, personal bankruptcy, or business failure. There are other losses, such as the death of a pet, which are particularly difficult for many people. All of these losses confront us with an extraordinary amount of emotional pain. This course focuses on the kind of losses we all experience. It’s about life, loss, grief, and most importantly: life after loss. Learn more and Register

Join the WCC for Conversation Circles on What's Next for Family Ministry?

The way we do church is rapidly changing. COVID, denominational decline, economic and political forces, and more all have an impact on how we do church. Many are left wondering what changes they need to make and how to innovate in this time.
Join the WCC and colleagues for Conversation Circles. These 60-minute conversations tackle a pressing question. Bring your questions and ideas and we will draw on the wisdom of the group for a focused conversation. Upcoming Conversation Circles include:
What's Next for Family Ministry? on Thursday, October 28th at 11:00am SIGN UP HERE
New member Practices in the age of COVID on Thursday, November 18 at 11:00am SIGN UP HERE

Improv for Clergy 

Join the WCC and Improv Therapy Group for a 4 week class, Improv for Clergy. This course is designed to provide you with a safe space to engage in self-care and well-being with other ministers. Improv games have their roots in social work, as far back as the 1930s. The exercises make us laugh but the sense of community, empathy, and trust they build among participants is profound. Here are the modules you will learn, practice and be able to incorporate into your mission:

  • Week 1: Improv for Self-Care
  • Week 2: Improv for Trust & Vulnerability
  • Week 3: Freedom to Fail
  • Week 4: Rolling with Change
All classes meet on ZOOM on November 2, 9, 16, 23rd from 10:30-11:45 am. Cost: $175 and space is limited to 12 registrations. When spots are filled we will begin a waitlist. If there is enough interest, we will offer another session early in 2022. 
Learn More and Register Here
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