March 15 – 17
Thurs. 1:00 pm – Sat. Noon
Franklinton Center @ Bricks in Whitakers, NC
“Prophetic Living is to live at the crossroads of the world as it is and the world as God intends it to be.” —–Bp. Kenneth Carder
As Christians and clergy leaders, we stand daily at the crossroads of the way the world is, and the way the world ought to be. As the church, we are called to be a sign, instrument, and foretaste of the Kingdom of God. As baptized Christians, we vow to “resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.” We strive to be faithful, and yet what that looks like in our society today, and how to effectively resist evil and be a sign, instrument, and foretaste of the Kingdom, often eludes us.
We hope you, and some of your church leaders will join us at Franklinton Center at Bricks in Whitakers, NC, as we worship, learn, grow, and are inspired by Bishop Ken Carder, Dr. Zoila Airall, Dr. Tex Sample, Rev. Lisa Yebuah and Roots Revival Band.
1. Establishing a firm grounding for the call to justice and social holiness found in scripture.
2. Renewing and remembering our Wesleyan roots: personal piety and social holiness.
3. Identifying some of the most pressing justice issues of our time – ways “evil, injustice and oppression” are manifest in our world and communities today: i.e. racial injustice, economic injustice, immigration issues, classism, sexism, etc.
4. Exploring practical and concrete ways we can live prophetically and “resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.” From conversation, proclamation, and action, how can we be more prophetic as we stand at the crossroads of the way the world is and the way God intends it to be?
5. What are some spiritual practices which nourish our faithfulness?
Franklinton Center at Bricks is a former slave plantation located in Whitakers, NC, just a few miles north of Rocky Mount. It is a haunting place, where the blood cries out from the land.” (Gen 4:10) The site is now a conference, retreat, and educational facility focusing on justice advocacy and leadership development. Our location was chosen for it’s deep and disturbing history, reminding us of the severe brokenness the world as it is, as well as the Divine hope of the way the world should be. For more information on the location: http://franklinton.uccpages.
The registration options cover all meals and the two overnights (if applicable).
– No sleeping accommodations: $50 Commuter
– Onsite dorm-style accommodations: Double $75 per person or Single $100 per person
– Offsite hotel accommodations: Double $150 per person or Single $250 per person.
** Due to the nature and limited spaces available, no refunds or credits will be extended, however, registration and payment may be transferred to another participant.
Crossroads Retreat is sponsored by the Capital and Heritage Districts of the NC Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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