Talking about tough topics

Jaymee Glenn-Burns



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A guest post by the Rev. Dr. Scott Meador and an invitation to an important learning event

“I have great confidence in you; I take great pride in you. I am greatly encouraged; in all our troubles my joy knows no bounds.” (2 Corinthians 7:4, NIV)

It’s hard to speak about the important issues of the day. An inner voice often nudges us to discuss the matter, but for one reason or another, we put off the problematic conversation. We hope the matter will resolve itself or we hope the other party will somehow see things our way as time moves on. Sometimes it’s simply fear that gets in the way of what needs to be done.

The cost of not addressing important matters is significant. Stress and pain have the potential to grow on each side. Unaddressed issues tend to get worse over time. We need the courage to move forward. We need to understand both sides of the issues we discuss and we need to find clarity about the precise subject at hand. It’s hard to have an important conversation unless we know exactly what we are talking about!

On Saturday, December 2, the Northeast District and First United Methodist Church in Independence, will host a one day workshop entitled, “Talking About Tough Topics.” The aim is to learn about ways that meaningful conversations can occur regarding some of the important issues of the day. The format will include three plenary speakers and two opportunities for workshops. Workshops will focus on human sexuality, refugees, immigration, race relations, and world religions.

hughes-scott_75-75x75The keynote speaker is Rev. Dr. Scott Hughes, Director of Adult Discipleship, United Methodist Ministries. He will share an approach called, “Courageous Conversations.” Scott is coming to us from Nashville, Tennessee. We are fortunate he is available to speak with us this year.

The event will take place at First United Methodist Church in Independence from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Cost is $25, which includes lunch. Checks can be made to First UMC and brought to the church on December 2. To register, please send a message to CEU’s have been applied for. We are hoping to make 0.5 CEU’s available. Clergy and laity are welcome to attend.

We hope to you see coming up! It’s essential we understand the matters at hand and gain the appropriate tools to have meaningful conversations!

Peace and blessings to you! Scott Meador

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