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All are invited! Global Mission Conference in Dominican Republic Will Highlight Mutual Witness in Christ

All are invited! Global Mission Conference in Dominican Republic Will Highlight Mutual Witness in Christ

By Titus Presler

Are you passionate about global mission? Do you want to get involved in mission from Vermont but don’t know where to start? Are you an experienced mission leader, but want to take your global mission engagement to the next level? If so, the mission conference being held in April may be the ideal opportunity for you.

The 2019 Global Mission Conference for the Episcopal Church will be held April 3-5 in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, under the auspices of the Global Episcopal Mission Network (GEMN) in partnership with the Diocese of the Dominican Republic, one of the fastest growing dioceses in the church. The theme of “Sharing Jesus: Mutual Witness in Global Mission” focuses on the role of cross-cultural witness and evangelism in global mission, both spiritually and practically. Speakers will focus on mutuality in global witness and creating connections as they reflect on God’s call to mission.

Keynoting the conference will be the Rev. Stephanie Spellers, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Stewardship of Creation and well known to Vermont Episcopalians from last October’s Diocesan Convention; and the Rt. Rev. Griselda Delgado, Bishop of Cuba. Panelists will include Canon Anthony Guillén, Director of Ethnic Ministries for the Episcopal Church; Bishop William Skilton, former missionary in the Dominican Republic and retired assistant bishop of Dominican Republic; and the Rev. David Copley, churchwide Director of Global Partnerships.

Workshops will offer practical tools to bring home about healthy short-term mission, Asset-Based Community Development, sustainable mission relationships, discerning a missionary call, enculturation dynamics, cross-cultural best practices, and the often difficult role of money in mission. There will country-specific workshops on mission engagement in Haiti, Cuba, Sudan and the Dominican Republic.

On behalf of Jerusalem Peacebuilders, the Rev. Canon Nicholas Porter of St. Mary’s in Wilmington and Jack Karn, postulant for ordination in Vermont, will present a workshop on the mission of inter-religious reconciliation among young people in the Holy Land and in the USA. The Rev. Dr. Titus Presler – vicar of St. Matthew’s in Enosburg Falls, president of GEMN and Vermont’s GEMN representative, will offer workshops on the history of evangelism in Episcopal and Anglican mission and on Christian witness in the encounter with Islam.

GEMN’s Mission Formation Program will be offered on April 2, the day before the conference begins. This case-study-based program equips participants with biblical, theological and historical foundations for mission, anthropological perspectives on cultural encounter, and approaches for mobilizing congregations for global mission.

The conference opens Wednesday morning, April 3, and ends on the evening of Friday April 5, after a final afternoon of visits to dynamic ministry sites in the Diocese of the Dominican Republic. Travel days for the conference are Tuesday, April 3, and Saturday, April 6. Those attending the Mission Formation Program should arrive on Monday, April 1. For more information and to register for the conference and the Mission Formation Program, go to http://www.gemn.org.

For more information and to register for the conference and the Mission Formation Program, go to http://www.gemn.org.

GEMN is a freestanding network of dioceses, congregations, mission organizations, seminaries and individuals committed to catalyzing global mission in the Episcopal Church. It equips the church for mission through hosting mission conferences, providing mission education, and networking mission activists.

The Rev. Dr. Titus Presler is vicar of St. Matthew’s in Enosburg Falls and president of the Global Episcopal Mission Network. His mission experience is in India, Zimbabwe and Pakistan, and he has taught at EDS, Harvard Divinity School, General Seminary and Seminary of the Southwest, where he was president. Among numerous publications on mission is ‘Going Global with God: Reconciling Mission in a World of Difference’ (Morehouse). For questions about the conference, he can be reached at (802) 326-3157 or tituspresler@post.harvard.edu.

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