Poverty conference will be held Sept. 9-10 in Kingsport

Poverty conference will be held Sept. 9-10 in Kingsport

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“Breaking the Chains of Poverty”
Sept. 9-10 at First Broad Street United Methodist Church

The Third Annual Abolishing Poverty Conference, “Breaking the Chains of Poverty,” will be held at First Broad Street United Methodist Church (100 E. Church Circle) in Kingsport, Tenn., on Sept. 9-10. This event is sponsored by the Holston Conference and will include workshops such as “Loving Our Neighbor” based on Beth Lindsay Templeton’s book of the same name; “Embracing God’s Economy of Abundance” with John S. Hill, director of economic and environmental justice with the General Board of Church and Society; and “Living Wage and Worker Justice” with Rev. Jim Sessions.

The conference begins on Friday, Sept. 9, at 1 p.m.  One special highlight of the Friday events will be a “Poverty Simulation,” in which participants will experience the equivalent of one month of poverty comprised of four 15-minute sessions. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. on Friday with the dinner address given by keynote speaker, Bishop Paul Leeland, residing bishop of the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference. The evening will end with devotions at 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Sept. 10, participants can look forward to a full day of workshops and discussions beginning with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at the Friendship Diner, a breakfast ministry of First Broad Street UMC. that occurs every Saturday morning for the Kingsport community.  A lunch break will occur at noon, with closing worship held at 3:45 p.m. with Bishop Paul Leeland.  The conference will conclude at 5:00 p.m.   

For a complete program outline, program fees, and registration, visit http://abolishingpoverty.holston.org/.  Additional information may also be requested from Gaye King at gayeking@holston.org.

Meredith Brown is director of communications for First Broad Street UMC.