You may remember that in light of our current cultural context for ministry and best practices being recommended by and adopted throughout the United Church of Christ, COCAM A adopted the following resolution:
“As a condition of maintaining standing, all parish and non-parish active clergy and all retired clergy serving in active ministry will be required to complete anti-racism training by the end of 2017.”
This step is not an indication of a problem or deficiency among us, but rather an expression of our shared commitment to excellence in ministry.
The first training was on May 4, as a pre-session of the Annual Meeting. There are two more opportunities coming up:
- September 16, 9 am - 5 pm at the Southwest Conference Office
- November 1, 10 am - 5 pm at Redemptorist Renewal Center, after the Clergy Retreat
The cost is $15 which covers training materials and lunch. These will be for clergy ONLY.
The trend across the United Church of Christ is clearly to include anti-racism as a requirement for ministerial standing. Taking this step now in the Southwest Conference positions us as leaders for ministerial excellence and innovation in the UCC.
Please sign up now - click HERE.