WORLD COMMUNION OBSERVANCE - OCTOBER 4, 2015
Resources especially created for this Conference-wide observance are available below:
Music: No Words (Dedicated to the Charleston Nine) by Marilyn E. Thornton
Prayer: Love thy Neighbor Prayer Station
Guide for Study: Widen the Circle: A Call to Beloved Community by Cheryl A. Hemmerle (includes many online resource links)
Media release: Council of Bishops Pastoral Letter on Racism
Article: Bishops: Work to end racism and welcome the stranger by Heather Hahn
Media release: United Methodist Bishops reach out after Charleston shooting
Useful Links: United Methodists see racial justice
General Commission on Religion and Race Article: Erin Hawkins on Countless Acts of Violence: "Enough is Enough"
October 10 & October 17, 2015 at Hilldale UMC, Clarksville, TN
September 26 & October 3, 2015 at Westview UMC, Fairview, TN
October 2 & 3, 2015 at Hillcrest UMC, Nashville, TN
Rev. Dr. Kennard Murray
Bishop William T. McAlilly of the Nashville Episcopal area of The United Methodist Church would like to welcome Rev. Dr. Kennard Murray to the Nashville Area Cabinet as the superintendent of the Pulaski District in the Tennessee Annual Conference. Rev. <>Murray will assume the new role effective July 1, 2015.
Rev. Murray is senior pastor of Clark Memorial United Methodist Church in Nashville, TN. He was born in Nashville and grew up in Wilson County, Tennessee.
Rev. Murray is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. He holds a Doctorate of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling & Psychotherapy from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL, a Master of Theological Studies from Vanderbilt University School of Divinity, a B.S. in Sociology from Tennessee State University, and he is a Certified <>Pastoral Counselor with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Additional studies for ordination were completed in the United Methodist Church Course of Studies programs in Tennessee and Mississippi. In 1998 Rev. Murray traveled and studied for two weeks in Israel through the Jerusalem Center for Biblical Studies. Rev. Murray lectured of the parable of the Good Shepherd in a shepherd’s field outside the city of Bethlehem.
Rev. Murray served as pastor in the Lebanon Circuit, the Smith County Parish, the Dickson County Parish and the Patterson Memorial/Ernest Newman Charge and Seay- Hubbard UMC before being appointed to Clark Memorial UMC in 2012. Rev. Murray served in several capacities within the Tennessee Annual Conference such as Treasurer of the Board of Ordained Ministries and chair of the Finance Committee; chair of the Committee on Ethnic Local Church Concerns; member of the Board of Trustees for Martin Methodist College; member of the Committee on Episcopacy; member of the Sexual Ethics Committee; member of the Sexual Ethics Response Team; and member the Conference Council on Ministries. In 2008 Rev. Murray was a delegate to Jurisdictional Conference and an alternate to General Conference. Rev. Murray teaches classes on “clergy self-care” to groups of pastors. Rev. Murray currently serves on the Nashville District Board of Ordained Ministry and the Comprehensive African-American Strategic Team.
Rev. Murray was employed with the State of Tennessee for 30 years and retired in June 2000. He worked with the Department of Mental Health for 28 years. The last two years of his employment he was the Director of Health Care Facilities for the Department of Health.
Rev. Murray is married to Pamela Johnson Murray. They have 4 children Keith, Marcus, Tiffany, and Kennard. He enjoys vacationing with his family.
Brandy Earheart Joins Nashville Area Episcopal Office Staff
Bishop McAlilly is pleased to announce that Brandy Earheart has accepted the position of Office Manager for the Nashville Area Episcopal Office.
Brandy is a member of Adams United Methodist Church in the Clarksville District. She graduated from Austin Peay State University with both a Bachelor and a Master of Science degree in Health and Human Performance. She also has a Master of Arts in Human Services from Liberty University. Prior to accepting this position, Brandy has served as an Employment Case Manager for Goodwill Career Solutions and a Career Advisor with WorkForce Essentials, Inc. She brings experience and a proven track record with strong office management and administrative skills, which will be invaluable in meeting the wide variety of needs in the Episcopal office. Brandy’s excellent written and oral communication skills as well as her range of experience with computer software will be strong assets for our team.
Brandy can be reached at email@example.com or 615-742-8834.
Grants are gifted to churches or groups of churches working to meet the needs
of poor and marginalized persons in the community through love and justice.
The recipients and their ministries are Wesleyan in nature, inviting communities
to work toward a greater balance of the Wesleyan works of mercy, namely
compassion and justice (personal and social holiness).
Love and Justice Grants are designed to help United Methodist disciples of Jesus
Christ follow his teachings to love God and to love neighbor, especially the
neighbor in need. Love of God bears fruit as love of neighbor and can be seen in
works of love and justice with the poor and marginalized.
Preference is given to applicants who include poor and marginalized persons in
the planning and organizing of the ministry and to those who are seeking to enter
into or deepen long-term mutual relationships with the poor. This helps ensure that
ministries are “with” rather than “to” or “for” others.
Preference is also given to ministries which address justice issues rather than
simply compassion or “charity”; going beyond direct services to promoting
systemic change and collective compassion, rather than individual or personal
ministries alone (even though these are crucial and cannot be neglected).
reflect theologically on the experience of ministry so that it becomes part of the
ongoing spiritual formation of the group and those involved.
LOVE AND JUSTICE GRANT
Tennessee Conference Committee on Church and Society
Proposed Ministry Name: Amount requested: $
Phone: ( ) Fax: ( )
Please attach a brief proposal including the following information:
Purpose of this ministry.
Description of needs this ministry is designed to meet.
Two measurable goals for the year.
How is the quality of life of poor and marginalized persons affected?
How are poor and marginalized persons involved in the planning/organizing?
How does this ministry put United Methodists into ongoing personal relationships
with the poor and marginalized?
How does this ministry include action for justice as well as compassion?
How does this ministry include opportunities for participants to reflect
theologically on their experience?
Attach a budget.
Other sources of funding:
Evaluation forms will be sent 6 and 12 months after the ministry begins.
Return this information to:
TN Conference Church and Society
Attn: Merrilee Wineinger
304 S. Perimeter Park Dr.
Nashville, TN 37211
Or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINE: January 31, 2015
Dear Conference Leader,
Since 1983 The Upper Room has offered The Academy for Spiritual Formation® as an in-depth experience in Christian spiritual formation for clergy and laity. This letter is to announce that a two-year Academy (#37) will be starting August 2015 in the Southeastern Jurisdiction.
As a way to help your Conference benefit from this unique offering, following this note you will find information about the matching grant program which will provide up to $5000 to help individuals from your Conference participate.
The Academy is an intense two-year program which brings participants together for 40 days (5 days each quarter) for worship, silence, covenant groups and study. Sixteen courses form the backbone of the Academy; worship and small groups shape its heart and soul. Once called “the best kept secret in the United Methodist Church,” an independent research study funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment confirms the Academy’s effectiveness.* Participants emerge with a deeper relationship with God, a better sense of self- and soul-care and more creativity and freedom for the practice of ministry.
While ecumenical in outreach, the Academy is Wesleyan in spirit, balancing an emphasis upon personal and social holiness. During the first year, emphasis is placed on deepening one’s life in Christ; during the second year participants are encouraged to focus on engaging the needs of the world. Disciplines of body (health and wellness) as well as mind and spirit (lectures and worship) provide renewed vitality on many levels.
This is an expensive and time-demanding program. That’s why we developed the matching grant program which we call Encouraging Spiritual Leaders (ESL). Here’s how it works.
We invite you to identify up to five persons in your Conference (clergy or lay) whom you feel could benefit from this program and who would be a benefit to others. After they’ve applied and been accepted into the Academy (usually routine), The Upper Room will match the Conference support up to $1000 per participant and up to $5000 total per Conference. You are free to select the individuals using whatever process you wish. For more information about how this process works, see the enclosed letter.
Academy #37 begins August 3, 2015. All sessions will be at the Sumatanga Camp & Conference Center in Gallant, AL. More information about the Academy, including the dates for all eight sessions, is available on our website. Copies of our brochure and prospectus are available online or upon request by emailing email@example.com.
Thank you for your commitment to spiritually vital, alive leadership in the UMC!
Director, The Academy for Spiritual Formation and Emerging Ministries
ENCOURAGING SPIRITUAL LEADERS (ESL)
Matching grant program
Conference/The Upper Room
How it works:
A designated Conference leader or staff person recruits five persons (clergy or laity) to participate in the Academy. Conference leaders contact them and encourage them to apply for the Academy and an ESL grant.
Those interested, download and complete an application to the Academy. Once admitted (usually routine), applicant notifies the Conference office to confirm their acceptance and request an ESL grant.
The Conference office conveys to the Academy office (email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1-877-899-2780, ext. 7226) those selected. Once Conference funds are received, The Upper Room matches the amount received from the Conference (up to $1000 per individual and $5000 total per Conference).
The John Wesley Conference selected five people they thought would benefit from participation in the Academy. Those selected include:
A young, eager new pastor attracted to the “emerging church” paradigm.
A lay person with years of Conference leadership, facing burn-out and needing a time of renewal.
A newly retired clergywoman who wants to offer spiritual guidance as her retirement ministry.
A pastor in mid-life, seeking to renew his call for the second half of his career.
A lay person thinking about seminary, but wanting a place to test their call.
All five apply and are accepted into the Academy.
All five notify the Conference office and the Academy office in Nashville. The Conference sends a check for $5,000 ($1000 per person), designating the five selected leaders for whom the funds are intended. The Upper Room matches this amount ($1000 per participant) and notifies the participant.
Q.: What if we have fewer than five? Will The Upper Room still designate $5000 for our Conference?
A.: No. The maximum amount per person is $1000, so if only three are recruited, $3000 is the total match that will be dispersed.
Q.: What if we have more than five? What happens then?
A.: Five thousand dollars is the upper limit for each Conference, however, those funds may be dispersed in amounts smaller than $1000. So if ten applied from a single conference, the match would be $500 per person.
Q.: Whom should we recommend?
A.: The Academy has had a positive impact on a variety of people, regardless of their situation. A certain receptivity is needed. You may choose to post an announcement in your Conference communication network (see below).
Q.: What does the individual need to do?
A.: The individual is ultimately responsible for their participation in the Academy. Support from the Conference and from the Academy office represents only a portion of the total costs. It’s important for individuals to invest personally in this experience.
Q.: Why is the Academy so expensive?
A.: While the Academy may seem expensive, remember what you’re getting! Retreat center costs (including room and board for 40 days) are the major portion; tuition is only $2500 (for sixteen courses) and the administrative costs of running the Academy (approximately $1300 per person) have historically been paid by The Upper Room. Every effort is made to contain costs; compared to other offerings, the Academy is a real bargain.
Q.: What does God do?
A.: There are many stories from the Academy of surprising generosity. Returning to her local church after a session at the Academy, Susan gives a short presentation to the UMW and they respond by paying for the rest of her tuition. During the Academy, Fred’s financial needs become apparent. Participants in his covenant group chip in and pay off the balance of his account.
Sample Conference Communication
Funds available for Spiritual Formation: John Wesley Conference has received word that The Academy for Spiritual Formation® will be offered in the Southeastern Jurisdiction, beginning August 3, 2015. Financial support for participants is available in the form of “Encouraging Spiritual Leaders” grants, a program matching Conference funds with The Upper Room funds. Those interested in contacting the Conference office for an Encouraging Spiritual Leader grant should write to ___________________________. Laity as well as clergy is invited to apply. Information about the Academy can be obtained athttp://academy.upperroom.org/about, or by calling 1-877-899-2780ext. 7233.
Sample Budget -- Academy #37
Room, board, tuition
FUNDING PLAN FOR PARTICIPANT (one scenario)
Encouraging Spiritual Leadership grant from The Upper Room
Matching grant from Conference
Payment by individual (payments are spread out over 2 years)
***Local church continuing education funds, United Methodist Women, foundations, individuals, additional conference or district support. Additional scholarship assistance from The Upper Room may be available, based on need. Click this link for help in finding additional financial resources.
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- WORLD COMMUNION OBSERVANCE - OCTOBER 4, 2015
- 2015 Annual Conference Journal
- Rethink Church Ads - Nashville Media
- Fall 2015 Lay Servant Ministries Schools
- Welcome Rev. Dr. Kennard Murray
- Brandy Earheart
- Winter Shelter Volunteers Needed
- 2015 Grants for Love and Justice Ministries
- Matching Grant Program - August 2015 - 2 Year Academy