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Jesus told his disciples, “Peace I leave with you; peace I give to you.”
How have we used the gift of peace that Jesus gave to us? At a time when most of the world is involved in war or conflict, it is imperative that followers of Jesus find every opportunity to share and promote peace.
The studies for this year’s
The 2006 Mississippi Conference school is scheduled for July 19-22 at
Participants will arrive in peace to explore their role as Christian members of society and to be God’s witness to the end of the earth.
The epistle of James asks, “If a brother or sister is naked and lacks dairy food, and one of you says to them ‘Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that?”
As participants fulfill the teaching of Jesus, they can expect to reap the harvest. James 3:18 states, “A harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.”
The mission study on
Further, the mission study presents the rich theologies and missiologies which have originated from
Leading the study will be Twick Morrison of
Shalom-Peace-Salaam, three words which mean “peace” from the three Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, provide the foundation for the spiritual growth study. The author, Alison Stokes, and study guide author, Pat Patterson, lead participants to think about these three traditions, each of which seeks peace. Each tradition has a history of neighbors living at peace with neighbors and urges its followers to seek inner peace. Each tradition has a history of violence which cries out for explanation. In the name of “truth” wars have raged.
Leading the study will be the Rev. Ron Barham of Mathiston, Lou Ann Staggs of
Barham is the executive director of Wood Institute in Mathiston, a mission
Staggs serves as the staff person for the New Albany District. She was commissioned a deaconess in the
Throughout the history of the Schools of Christian Missions, United Methodists have turned their attention to issues of the economy, thus, continuing the church’s public witness for economic justice. Today, in this time of globalization – when what occurs in one part of the world, whether it concerns wealth, poverty, abundance or scarcity affects people in many other parts – United Methodists again should focus on this issue.
Where and how do the economic policies of globalization touch the lives of ordinary people? If United Methodists are to “manifest the gospel values in the economic order,” as a General Conference Resolution maintains, then they need a better understanding of how and where contemporary issues of economic justice touch our lives and of how and where our decisions for responsible actions can be made.
There are diverse ways and means by which economic globalization impacts the lives of people in the
Leading this study will be the Rev. Ludrick Cameron and Don Manning-Miller. Cameron has served 34 years in the North Mississippi and
Manning-Miller is an ordained minister who serves as vice president of