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Reformation 2017

Reformation for Today: Our 95 Theses

Oct. 13-14, 2017 (single-day registration also now available)

Guest Speaker: Rev. Dr. Justo Gonzalez
(sessions will be led in English with Spanish translation available upon advance request–more information can be found in the online registration form)

Fellowship UMC | 2511 New Salem Highway | Murfreesboro, TN 37128

0.25 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) available

Online Registration



You are invited to join us as we learn more about the Reformation of 1517 and the Reformation for Today. We will be taught by one of the greatest teachers on church history and hear about the implications for today and the future of God’s church as we consider how to reach out beyond the walls of a local congregation. This will also be a time to connect with other leaders in our area who have a passion to love and serve their neighbors. Hear from our special guests about resources and ways you can get support and encouragement as you step outside the church doors.

Rev. Dr. Justo Gonzalez will address four major topics:

The Reformation and Context
The Reformation of the 16th century cannot be understood apart from its political, social, and economic context. How might our present-day contexts affect the life of the church, either supporting or hampering reformation?

Reformation from the Margins
We tend to think that mission is centripetal: the center moves out to the edges. But reformation often comes from the edges to the center. And quite often the center resists it!

The Reformation We Need
Is the Reformation of the 16th century simply something to celebrate? Or is it also a call to our own reformation? If so, what may this mean?

Reformation and Sectarianism: Still an Issue
What does unity in diversity really mean? Do we really believe in “the holy catholic church”? What does such catholicity entail?


Rev. Dr. Justo Gonzalez



About the speaker:
Cuban American author, Justo L. Gonzalez, is widely recognized for his work in Hispanic theology, historical theology, and Methodist history. He has published over 100 books, including the highly praised three-volume

History of Christian Thought. Dr. Gonzalez attended United Seminary in Cuba, received his M.A. at Yale University, and was the youngest person to be awarded a Ph.D. in historical theology at Yale. He is an ordained United Methodist minister and scholar. Over the past thirty years he focused on developing programs for the theological education of Hispanics and has received four honorary doctorates. Dr. Gonzalez is now retired but has served as an adjunct professor of history at Columbia Theological Seminary and the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta.





Friday, October 13, 2017

10:30-11:30 am   Pre-Conference Q&A, Book signing with Rev. Dr. Justo Gonzalez

10:00 am-5:00 pm  Registration

1:30 pm  Opening Worship featuring La Hermosa Praise Team / Opening Address by Bishop Bill McAlilly

2:30 pm  Session 1 with Rev. Dr. Justo Gonzalez

3:45 pm  Table Discussion

5:00 pm  Session 2 with Rev. Dr. Justo Gonzalez

6:00 pm  Break for dinner on your own

Saturday, October 14, 2017

8:00-8:45 am  Coffee & Refreshments

8:00-10:00 am  Registration

8:45 am  Morning Devotional

9:15 am  Session 3 with Rev. Dr. Justo Gonzalez

10:45 am  Table Discussion

11:30 am-1:00 pm  Lunch on site (Moe’s Southwest Grill)

1:15 pm  Session 4 with Rev. Dr. Justo Gonzalez

2:15 pm  Closing Worship featuring La Hermosa Praise Team, Holy Communion


Full registration will include two days of the conference, lunch on Saturday, and access to a question and answer time with Rev. Dr. Justo Gonzalez and a book signing before the conference.

Deadline for all registration options is October 9, 2017


Registration for two days (Oct. 13-14, 2017) | $60

Friday ONLY Registration (Oct. 13, 2017) | $30

Saturday ONLY Registration (Oct. 14, 2017) | $40

If you are interested in Hispanic/Latino Ministries, please contact our co-coordinators Rev. Janet Martinez (janet.martinez@tnumc.com) or Rev. Eliud Martinez (eliud.martinez@tnumc.com).

Seedbed (Friday ONLY) and AETH (Friday & Saturday, Cash & Check ONLY) will have pop-up stores on site. Each store will have limited title selections but will offer special conference discounts.



Hotel Recommendations

  • Embassy Suites by Hilton Nashville SE Murfreesboro (1200 Conference Center Blvd; Murfreesboro, TN)

(615) 890-4464

  •  Holiday Inn Murfreesboro (1453 Silohill Lane; Murfreesboro, TN)

(615) 751-5300


Register for the conference online here.

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