Pastors' School to focus on re-creation


Mississippi United Methodist clergy are invited to a playful time of worship, learning, and, yes, playing together in mid-September.

In keeping with the Annual Conference emphasis on health and wellness, Pastors’ School, set for Sept. 15-17 at Crossgates UMC in Brandon, will focus on the spiritual benefits of play and the theological foundations of a playful approach to ministry. The event carries the title “Re-Creation: God’s Gift of Play.”

Dr. Stuart Brown, founder and president of the National Institute for Play and executive producer of the PBS series The Promise of Play, will give the keynote address on Sept. 15. On Sept. 16, the Rev. Chip Davis, an Episcopal priest in Natchez and a “healthy congregations” consultant, will lead the morning session. Tuesday afternoon will feature a smorgasbord of playful adventures and excursions including nature, the arts, dance, and sports, culminating with an evening of bluegrass with Jackson musicians Bill Ellison and Temperance Babcock. Registration is available on-line at