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  1. 1. Believe Out LoudBelieve Out Loud TogetherTogether Called to Witness IV A Campaign of the Reconciling Ministries Network
  2. 2. Opening WorshipOpening Worship 2
  3. 3. Beginning our day:Beginning our day: Introductions Overview of Agenda Covenantal Commitments 3
  4. 4. IntroductionsIntroductions Turn to one partner and answer one of these questions: (5 mins) • Why are you present today? (or) • What did you learn at last year’s BOL training?training? Turn to your table and introduce your partner by name, church, and their answer to the question (5 mins) 4
  5. 5. Why are we here?Why are we here? Reconciling Ministries Network mobilizes United Methodists of all sexual orientations and gender identities to transform our Church and world into the full expression of Christ’s inclusive love. 5
  6. 6. United Methodist Policy on SexualityUnited Methodist Policy on Sexuality From the United Methodist Book of Discipline, 2008, Paragraph 161 F “… We affirm that all persons are individuals of sacred worth, created in the image of God… ‘The United Methodist Church does not condone theUnited Methodist Church does not condone the practice of homosexuality and consider this practice incompatible with Christian teaching… ‘We implore families and churches not to reject or condemn lesbian and gay members and friends…” 6
  7. 7. Reconciling Ministries NetworkReconciling Ministries Network Guiding Principles:Guiding Principles: Spiritually Grounded Reconciliation Overcoming Oppression Integrating Sexuality and SpiritualityIntegrating Sexuality and Spirituality Relationships Systems Change Stewardship Organizational Authenticity 7
  8. 8. Called to WitnessCalled to Witness Since 2007, the Called to Witness Campaign has mobilized over 3000 United Methodists to change our church one story at a time. Our Methods: • Telling our stories Our Goal: In 2012, Called to• Telling our stories • Building relationships • Developing Annual Conference Teams (ACTS) In 2012, Called to Witness campaign participants will tell their stories and build relationships with every General Conference delegate from the U.S. Annual Conferences. 8
  9. 9. Where we have been: A Tapestry ofWhere we have been: A Tapestry of Stories Across the Country!Stories Across the Country! CTW I (2007– 08) 500 Volunteer RUMs 22 Annual Conferences 1 National Trainer CTW II All Means All (2008 –09) CTW II All Means All (2008 –09) 1024 Volunteer RUMs 35 Annual Conferences 6 Jurisdictional Organizers CTW III Believe Out Loud (2009-10) 700 Volunteer RUMs 40 Annual Conferences 12 Jurisdictional Organizers 9
  10. 10. Where we are going!Where we are going! CTW IV Believe Out Loud Together (2010–11) 1200 Volunteer RUMs 51 Annual Conferences 20 Jurisdictional Organizers CTW V (2011–12) 1500 Volunteer RUMs 62 Annual Conferences 20 Jurisdictional Organizers 10
  11. 11. Believe Out Loud TogetherBelieve Out Loud Together In year four of the CTW campaign, Believe Out Loud Together aims to: • Find opportunities to share our stories • Equip AC Teams to participate in the election• Equip AC Teams to participate in the election of General Conference delegates • Report elected GC 2012 delegates to RMN • Increase the visibility of AC Teams through witnesses at Annual Conferences 11
  12. 12. Catching the Wave: the BroadCatching the Wave: the Broad movement for equalitymovement for equality Master Frame =Master Frame = RightsRights Master Frame =Master Frame = Individualism,Individualism,Individualism,Individualism, Values & SecurityValues & Security Beth Zemsky MAEd, LICSW
  13. 13. Believe Out Loud Together TimelineBelieve Out Loud Together Timeline 2010 October – Power Summit & Kick-Off 2010 Nov-Dec – ACT Building Phase Leadership Development of AC Team Recruit and Organize BOLT training 2011 Jan-Apr – Training Phase2011 Jan-Apr – Training Phase BOLT Training of AC RUMs Organize and Recruit for AC witness BOLD House Gatherings Continue 2011 May-July – Witness Phase Witnesses occur at Annual Conferences Report of witness and list of delegates to RMN 13
  14. 14. Annual Conference Witnesses:Annual Conference Witnesses: • Table • Swag • Event• Event • Legislation • Delegate Elections 14
  15. 15. State of the Annual ConferenceState of the Annual Conference Successful past events 2010 AC meeting events 2011 AC meeting time, place, location, etc. Unique Opportunities for 2011 Model for Report: StrengthsUnique Opportunities for 2011 AC ACT information: meetings when, who, where, wow how can one join? Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats 15
  16. 16. BreakBreak 10 MINUTES Please return by 00:00Please return by 00:00 16
  17. 17. Stories Build a World of JusticeStories Build a World of Justice And Jesus said, 19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Source and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teachingSon and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’ ~Matthew 28:19-20 17
  18. 18. What is Relational Organizing?What is Relational Organizing? Organizing creates power by bringing people together to achieve a goal. Relational organizing equips leaders to Our campaign is modeled on work by Marshall Ganz, lecturer at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government. Relational organizing equips leaders to create power together by working with a broad base of community members to achieve a common goal. 18
  19. 19. Why Relationships MatterWhy Relationships Matter Relationships: • Shape and transform our identity• Shape and transform our identity • Help us recognize common values • Make an “issue” personal; thereby, restoring our common humanity 19
  20. 20. How do we build relationships?How do we build relationships? By telling & hearing our stories!By telling & hearing our stories! Stories: • Build connections between people• Build connections between people • Demonstrate our common values • Show rather than explain emotions • Create urgency 20
  21. 21. Stories As LeadershipStories As Leadership Motivate by connecting heart and head Translate values into actions Engage our imaginationEngage our imagination Each and every one of us has powerful stories to share 21
  22. 22. How Stories Mobilize:How Stories Mobilize: Our stories weave together personal identity, our common values, & our shared call to action. • Story of Self: Tells the story of why you have been called to do what you have been called to do • Story of Us: 22 • Story of Us: Tells the story of who we are together; what values define our common life (weaving together our calling and purpose) • Story of Now: Tells the story of what we are called to do together.
  23. 23. As Christians, weAs Christians, we already tell our storiesalready tell our stories Always be ready to make an account of the hope that is in you; yet do it withthe hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence. 1 Peter 3:15 23
  24. 24. Naming our common valuesNaming our common values 24
  25. 25. Good Stories Have:Good Stories Have: Plot • Challenge • Choice/Response • Outcome Specific Details Language of Emotion Focus on • An single event • A person or relationship • One choice point Emotion Common Values Expressions, not explanations 25
  26. 26. Find Story Moments at Choice PointsFind Story Moments at Choice Points • When did you decide to join a UM church? • How did you know• How did you know you belonged? • Why are you still United Methodist?
  27. 27. Coaching Good StoriesCoaching Good Stories Attend to specific details Focus on choice points Ask why questions Connect the dotsConnect the dots Look for themes Show it, don’t say it Practice Active Listening 27
  28. 28. Active Listening Is:Active Listening Is: Imagine a time when you felt heard, what did the person do to make you feel that way? 28
  29. 29. Our Stories: An ExampleOur Stories: An Example Why are you committed to the United Methodist Church?Why are you committed to the United Methodist Church? Coaching Questions: • What worked? What resonated with you? • Why is this person committed to The UMC? 29 • Why is this person committed to The UMC? • What were the challenge, choice, and outcome? • What values were revealed in this story? • What did you want to know more about? • What could have been better?
  30. 30. Sharing our Stories: PracticeSharing our Stories: Practice Why are you committed to a fully inclusive United Methodist Church? Gather in a 3 person team and appoint a timekeeper Take 5 minutes to silently develop your story of selfof self Tell your story to your team members and respond to each other • 2 minutes to tell your story • 3 minutes for feedback Choose one member of your team to offer their story to the larger group 30
  31. 31. Sharing our Stories: DebriefSharing our Stories: Debrief Coaching Questions: • What worked? What resonated with you? • Why is this person committed to The UMC? • What were the challenge, choice, and• What were the challenge, choice, and outcome? • What values were revealed in their story? • What did you want to know more about? • What could have been better? 31
  32. 32. LUNCHLUNCH We will return at 00:00We will return at 00:00 32
  33. 33. HOW DO WE MAKEHOW DO WE MAKE CHANGE?CHANGE? Together.Together.
  34. 34. What Causes Change?What Causes Change? Power = People x Time Relationships transform people into a community with a shared vision 34 community with a shared vision Organizations create the consistent pressure for change by bridging the time gaps between actions
  35. 35. What makes a movement?What makes a movement? Common Vision Intentional, Purposeful Actions Movements are collective efforts for change 35 Shared Identity in multiplicity Sustained Pressure Over Time Creative Use of Existing Structures Beth Zemsky MAEd, LICSW
  36. 36. Frames:Frames: Drawing together diverse 36 Drawing together diverse perspectives by focusing on our Common Purpose Beth Zemsky MAEd, LICSW
  37. 37. Frames:Frames: A frame is a shared point of view which helps us interpret the world Frames are both individual and community determined Frames reveal connections between a variety of issues and/or people Successful movements frames align or correlate with the values of participants and related communities 37Beth Zemsky MAEd, LICSW
  38. 38. What frames will help our work?What frames will help our work? Hint: Frames are Related to Values Beth Zemsky MAEd, LICSW
  39. 39. CREATING STRATEGY:CREATING STRATEGY: Making a Plan to Achieve a Goal.Making a Plan to Achieve a Goal. 39
  40. 40. What Good Strategy Looks Like:What Good Strategy Looks Like: Has a clear, measurable goal Acknowledges and uses existing resources Builds relationships and communitiesBuilds relationships and communities Empowers people Seizes a moment of opportunity to create change Tailored for the local community 40
  41. 41. Planning StrategyPlanning Strategy What is strategic planning? • Determining how to get from where we are to where we hope to be How do we plan strategically? • Examine our context • Know our shared purpose and values • Ask goal-setting questions • Choose effective actions • (Attempt, and evaluate) 41
  42. 42. Where are we today?Where are we today? 42 (context)(context)
  43. 43. What is our sharedWhat is our shared purpose?purpose?purpose?purpose?
  44. 44. Strategic Planning QuestionsStrategic Planning Questions WHO? Who do we want to impact? Who do we want to engage? Who do we want to participate? WHAT? What story will our action tell? 44 WHERE & HOW? Where will it happen? When will it happen? What resources are needed? Who is responsible? WHEN? When do we begin? When do we end? When do we take action?
  45. 45. What actionsWhat actions do we want todo we want to see in our AC?see in our AC? 45
  47. 47. ToolsTools Recruitment One to one Invitation FundraisingFundraising RMN Support Logistics
  48. 48. RecruitmentRecruitment Make it personal • Quality, not quantity. We’re creating spaces for genuine, quality conversation and relationship building. Use your stories! • Our stories are a way that we can create urgency with• Our stories are a way that we can create urgency with others and encourage them to join our movement. • Our stories are a model of leadership Begin with a face to face invitation Be persistent, and remind people before the event Be clear about details and logistics 48
  49. 49. The key to good recruitment isThe key to good recruitment is to make invitations personalto make invitations personal and meaningful:and meaningful: •Invite people personally •Share why they are important •Explain how they can contribute uniquely to the movement!
  50. 50. Recruitment: TimelineRecruitment: Timeline Timeline Action 8 weeks Send a save the date mailer 7 weeks Send a save the date email (RMN can help) 6 weeks Make recruitment phone calls 4 weeks Send a second email 3-5 days Follow up via email and phone with those who said they would attend and make sure they have the necessary details. 50
  51. 51. Recruitment:Recruitment: Inroads for New VoicesInroads for New Voices Be explicit about racism. Listen Go TO a group, space, church or individual (don’t wait for people to come to you)individual (don’t wait for people to come to you) Be flexible Walk beside, not in front Listen Keep it personal 51
  53. 53. How to Invite People InHow to Invite People In “If you want to move people, it has to be toward a vision that’s positive for them, that taps important values, that gets them something they desire, and it has to be presented in a compellingit has to be presented in a compelling way that they feel inspired to follow.” - Martin Luther King, Jr. 53
  54. 54. How to Schedule a One on OneHow to Schedule a One on One Approach someone at coffee hour Share your story of us Comment on common values you know that you shareknow that you share Invite them to a specific meeting time Taylor, can we meet to talk about some work I’m doing in the church that you might be interested in? 54
  55. 55. What to Remembering DuringWhat to Remembering During MeetingMeeting Be respectful of time. Set a limit of 30 minutes or so in order to maintain focus. “A solid…meeting brings up stories that reveal people’s deep commitments and the experiences that gave rise to them.”the experiences that gave rise to them.” (Chambers, 44) Practice active listening. Remember your goal, but be flexible to adapt to their passion and interests. 55
  56. 56. Practicing a OnePracticing a One--toto--OneOne Choose a scenario below to practice in front of the group • Invite a fellow church member to help at your RMN table at Annual Conference (AC) • Invite someone to attend your lunch panel during AC on homophobia in the church • Invite someone you know is good at graphic design to help you prepare a brochure about your local ACT 56
  57. 57. Organizing MoneyOrganizing Money People WANT to share! Connect your ask to a past success Invite people see how their money is or will be changing the worldor will be changing the world Gifts are tangible participation in a movement Holds US accountable to our “stakeholders” 57
  58. 58. RMN Investment in Your ACRMN Investment in Your AC Item Cost Jurisdictional organizer travel $300 Jurisdictional organizer stipend $500Jurisdictional organizer stipend $500 Training materials and buttons $150 Food and other travel expenses $46 Total $969 58
  59. 59. Resources from RMN:Resources from RMN: RMN is here to help with: • Sending out emails • Providing information on local RUM’sRUM’s • Providing best practices of things that have worked in the past • Providing coaching • AC Table Box (kit of materials) 59
  60. 60. How to Host a Successful EventHow to Host a Successful Event Write a task list Write a time line Meet regularly with the team to review the task list & time linereview the task list & time line Remember accessibility, child care, dietary sensitivities, climate, sound & visual quality, etc. 60
  61. 61. Action PlanningAction Planning Ask Strategic Questions Set Goals Explore Our ResourcesExplore Our Resources Plan the Action Establish Team Norms
  62. 62. Action Planning:Action Planning: Gather in groups by Interest: • Local Church Growing the Movement: BOLD Gatherings • Annual Conference Visibility Action (Event) Table or Swag Legislation / Delegate Election 62
  63. 63. Action Planning: Table TalkAction Planning: Table Talk Gather together to discuss: • Purpose – How does this plan/event connect to our AC and RMN goals? • Resources – Identify what is present and what is missing • Tasks & Roles – Who will do what? • Timeline – When will we execute the plan? • Norms – Create a timeline, plan for accountability and support of one another. 63
  64. 64. Team WorkTeam Work Our Shared Goals: Report back from table discussionsReport back from table discussions Needed AC Roles:Needed AC Roles: • RMN Liaison / Conference Call Attendee • Coordinator / Communicator • Coach / Accountability Hub 64
  65. 65. Team CovenantTeam Covenant We will always: We will never: If failure, then ... (accountability) 65
  66. 66. CommissioningCommissioning In support of the movement for full inclusion of all persons, I will… 66
  67. 67. EvaluationEvaluation Key Learnings What Went Well? 67 What Would You Change?