The United Methodist Church has identified eliminating poverty and engaging in ministry with the poor as one of its “Four Areas of Focus” for the next quadrennium and beyond.The Missions Ministry Team and Outreach/Advocacy Ministry Team of Holston Conference are partnering to create a Poverty Abolition Team Holston (PATH) to address that need.
Unless--until--we walk in the shoes of another, we simply cannot understand. It takes an open heart and a brave spirit to do that. Listen to the ways in which participants at Munsey Memorial UMC's Poverty Simulation were touched and blessed and changed by this powerful experience.
Watch the video here.
If your church or district is interested in hosting a poverty simulation, it takes a minimum of 44 participants (maximum of 88) plus 16-20 volunteer staff. For more information, please contact Gaye King, Associate Director of Connectional Ministries, at email@example.com or (865) 690-4080.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE
2013 Abolishing Poverty Conference
Keynote Speaker: Bishop Ken Carder
Listen to Keynote Sessions 1 and 2 [online]
2013 Abolishing Conference: Bringing Good News to the Poor
Saturday, July 27, 2013, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
9915 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN
Keynote Speaker: Retired Bishop Ken Carder
Beginning Ministries with the Poor
Established Ministries with the Poor
Rural Poverty Ministry
Inner-City Poverty Ministry
Empowering Lay Leadership (for clergy)
Food and Hunger
Checkout some of the sessions from our 2011 Abolishing Poverty Conference held Sept 9-10 at First Broad Street UMC in Kingsport, TN:
The mission of PATH is to:
Encourage and enable Holston United Methodist congregations, districts, ministry teams, agencies and the Conference to develop and strengthen ministries which work to eliminate poverty through long-term solutions: enabling the poor to build and manage assets (housing, education, business ownership, gardening and food preservation, financial literacy training, etc.), and advocacy for policies that enable these and other means of eliminating poverty.
Lead Holston Conference in collaborating with other United Methodist annual conference, jurisdictional, and general church efforts to eliminate poverty.The Team does this through strategies of education, resource development, advocacy and networking
To be engaged in advocacy with our annual conference on ways the annual conference, districts and local churches can restructure the spending of their resources that might help us be better examples to the world
For more information contact Gaye King - firstname.lastname@example.org