Be Encouraged: A Leadership Development Retreat
for GLBTQ inquirers & candidates for ordination
in The United Methodist Church
Dates: October 14-16, 2016
Location: Camp Aldersgate, North Scituate, RI
Costs: Accepted applicants at this retreat will have the costs of registration, meals, lodging, and materials covered.
Application: Applications are accepted online once the application period opens. Please check back soon for more information.
Retreat format: The content of this retreat is designed to meet the particular needs of GLBTQ clergy candidates in The UMC. The retreat will include collaborative presentations, discussions, reflection, meal-sharing, and worship. In-person facilitators and session leaders have experience in retreat planning & leadership development with GLBTQ-identified persons, are skilled members of District Committees on Ministry and Boards of Ordained Ministry, and/or are out GLBTQ-identified UMC clergy. We will utilize technology to broaden the leadership of this retreat beyond those who will be there in person.
Given the New England Annual Conference’s invitation to candidates who may have encountered bias elsewhere, and the leadership comprised of members of New England’s District Committees and Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, this retreat will be focused on New England Conference-specific information. However, we welcome participants from all conferences with the understanding that they might have to do some translation work to fit their home conference’s context.
Please contact us with any questions.