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Presentation - 2011 - Reconciling Ministries


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This presentation was the corresponding visual aid to the training materials in the Called to Witness final year.

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Presentation - 2011 - Reconciling Ministries

  1. 1. + Love Your Neighbor Sharing our Stories, Changing our Church
  2. 2. + Call to Worship One: We are God’s beloved, gathered together to worship with not only our voices – but with our hands and our feet. Many: We come from many places, with joys and with sadness, with hope and frustration, we bring all of that into this space.
  3. 3. + One: We thank God, our creator, who welcomes us in, who calls us by name, who invites us to pursue justice and resist evil. Many: We come to this space bringing all of who we are, with identities that resist categories, but know that we are children of God. One: Let us love one another, let us build this beloved community, and let us worship God this day!
  4. 4. + Opening Prayer
  5. 5. + Introductions “It is vain to talk of the interest of the community, without understanding what is the interest of the individual.” – Jeremy Bentham
  6. 6. + Introductions What brings you to this space? What are your hopes for the UMC as we look towards General Conference? Spend 5 minutes in pairs:  Answer the question above and other information about yourself you want to share  Each person taking 2 minutes to answer. Come back to your tables in groups of 6 and have each person introduce their conversation partner in 1 minutes. (6 minutes total)
  7. 7. + Overview of Our Day: Agenda Campaign Overview One-To-One Meetings General Conference Plans Advanced Storytelling Action Plans
  8. 8. + Overview of Our Day: Covenant Breaks and Bathrooms Covenantal Commitments    
  9. 9. + Overview Of the Campaign
  10. 10. + Where are we?
  11. 11. + Goals Work to build a more inclusive Church Impact General Conference delegates to vote to remove harmful language in our book of Discipline Build relationships with those with whom we agree and those with whom we disagree Strengthen our Annual Conference Teams Work in coalition with Common Witness Partner Organizations
  12. 12. + Actions Witness at General Conference Plan local gatherings during General Conference Ensure every US delegate has two in- person conversations with Reconciling UMs Host 55 Annual Conference Team Trainings ____________ _ ____________ _ ____________ _
  13. 13. + General Conference Theme & Message
  14. 14. + Common Witness Coalition for General Conference: our partners and values
  15. 15. + MFSA To mobilize, lead and sustain a progressive United Methodist movement, energizing people to be agents of God’s justice, peace and reconciliation. Founded in 1907
  16. 16. + Affirmation  As an independent voice of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, transgender, and Queer people, Affirmation radically reclaims the compassionate and transforming gospel of Jesus Christ by Relentlessly pursuing full Inclusion in the Church as we journey with the Spirit in creating God's beloved community.  Founded in 1975
  17. 17. + RMN 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. Founded in 1982
  18. 18. + Skills Building One-to-Ones
  19. 19. +One-to-Ones: The Importance of Building Relationships “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 compelling way that they feel inspired to follow” -Martin Luther King, Jr.
  20. 20. + How to Set Up a One-to-One  Use phone, email and letters  Be persistent – do not expect the delegate to return your first call or reply to your emails  When you invite them to meet, tell them you will take less than an hour of their time  Assume the delegate will wants to meet with you  Make the meeting at the convenience of your conversation partner
  21. 21. Things to Remember  Be respectful of time: limit your meeting to 30 minutes  Gather as much information about your conversation partner as possible  Practice active listening  Follow up after your meeting  Phone calls  Letters and thank you notes
  22. 22. + What to Say  Begin with an introduction of who you are  Share why you wanted to meet with them, why you are a Reconciling United Methodist, and your love for the UMC  Invite them to share about what matters to them in the UMC  Respond by naming shared values or interests… and build upon your commonalities (tell your story of us)  Ask how they will vote at General Conference, what you can do to help them, if they will speak with other delegates  Conclude by asking them to pray with you
  23. 23. + Useful Questions for Conversation:  What made you interested in becoming a delegate to General Conference?  What excites you about the future of the United Methodist Church?  Have you ever felt excluded or judged? How did that feel?  If you could give an address at General Conference, what is the most important thing you would share?
  24. 24. + Practice (20 Minutes)  Gather in pairs to practice one-to-ones  Take turns being the delegate and the RUM  Share why reconciling matters to you, learn one interest of the delegate and ask them to vote for justice at GC.  Overview  Silent preparation time 5 minutes  Practice #1 5 minutes  Practice #2 5 minutes  Discuss the activity at your table 5 minutes  What surprised you?  What did you find helpful?  What lessons would you share with others?
  25. 25. + Group Reflection  What surprised you?  What was helpful?  What do you think is important in meeting with a delegate to General Conference, as opposed to others?  What will be different about an in person meeting? How can you prepare for that?  What do you see as the challenges in this activity? How can you work with those?
  26. 26. + Sample Story
  27. 27. General Conference Actions: National & Local
  28. 28. + Coalition Preparation for GC Phone Banks Mailing Resources Legislative Leadership Team Global Relationship Building
  29. 29. + Local Actions in Advance of General Conference Meeting with delegates individually Scheduled meeting with delegation ACT Gathering during General Conference  Date:  Time:  Place:
  30. 30. + Meeting with Delegates Building relationships between RUM’s and GC delegates
  31. 31. + Lunch We will gather together at ______ to practice storytelling and make final actions plans for our work together
  32. 32. + The Connectional UMC “Though we may not think alike, can we not love alike?” ~John Wesley
  33. 33. + Storytelling Relational Organizing Stories of Self, Us, Now
  34. 34. + Relational Organizing  Our campaign is modeled on the work of Marshall Ganz.  A Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, Ganz teaches, researches, and writes on leadership, organization, and strategy in social movements, civic associations, and politics.
  35. 35. + Why Relationships Matter Change us and change the church Deepens our awareness of the humanity of all of God’s children Make an “issue” personal; thereby, restoring our common humanity Stories are the glue that binds Together all of our relationships
  36. 36. + Why Stories Matter Allow us to be vulnerable with another and thus form deep connections with each others Motivate action by engaging our heart and our imaginations Demonstrate that words in the Book of Discipline have a harmful effect on the lives of specific people Move us from apathy to action
  37. 37. + Telling Our Reconciling Stories Our personal stories are connected to the larger stories of our community. Our stories create a tapestry of ACTION and HOPE. Our stories weave together: Story of Self Story of Us Story of Now
  38. 38. + How Stories Mobilize:  Story of Self: why you have been called  Story of Us: who we are together  Story of Now: what we are called to do together. 39 Our stories weave together identity, values, & call to action.
  39. 39. + Telling Our Reconciling Stories Stories should be under 2 minutes. Stories should be specific. Stories should use the language of emotion. Stories should include a challenge, a choice and an outcome. Stories should offer hope. Stories should communicate values.
  40. 40. + Building Blocks of Stories: 41 Plot •Challenge •Choice/Response •Outcome Focus •A single event •A person or Relationship •One choice point Situation Appropriate Length (2 minutes) Language of emotion Expressions, not explanations Common Values
  41. 41. + Story of Self  Focus on choice points  Describe the moment where your values were lived out, with some kind of an outcome (positive or negative)  What STORY, RELATIONSHIP or MOMENT in your life demonstrates your personal calling as an inclusive United Methodist most clearly? The story of self tells WHY we have been called to do what we have been called to do. Why are you called to seek to change the Book of Discipline?
  42. 42. + The Story of Self: Exercise #1 Gather your team. Appoint a team timekeeper. 2min Take 5 minutes to silently develop your “Story of Self.” Use the worksheet on pages _________ 5min Tell your story to your team members and respond to each other 2 minutes to tell your story & 3 minutes for feedback 15min Choose your most able storyteller to offer their story to the large group. 3min Why are you called to seek to change the Book of Discipline?
  43. 43. + Sharing our Stories: Debrief  What worked? What resonated with you?  Why is this person committed to The UMC?  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? 44 Coaching Questions:
  44. 44. + Weaving Together Our Stories • Why you are called to do what you are doing Self • Why the church is called to change Us • What you are asking of your delegate Now
  45. 45. + Story of Us This story weaves together our calling and purpose by describing our  Shared experiences  Shared values  Shared purpose The Story of Us names who we are together and the values which define our common life Who are we as The United Methodist Church?
  46. 46. + The Story of Now: Outlines the challenge facing the UMC. Articulates the hope for a better future: The Church as it is v. the Church as it ought to be. Presents a choice with the “fierce urgency of now.” The Story of Now tells the story of what we are called to do together What can we do to become a United Methodist Church who truly loves our neighbors?
  47. 47. + Self, Us Now: Exercise #2 Gather in groups of 2 2min Take some time to silently develop your 5 minute combined story in this order: Self – Why you are a reconciling Methodist to Us – Why the church needs to become a Reconciling church to Now – Asking your delegate to vote for equality 5min Tell your story to your team members and respond to each other 5 minutes to tell your story & 3 minutes for feedback 15min Choose your most able storyteller to offer their story to the large group. 3min Telling the entire story – self, us and now
  48. 48. + Sharing 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 outcome?  What values were revealed in their story?  What did you want to know more about?  What could have been better? 49
  49. 49. + Action Planning Review of delegates Local actions
  50. 50. + Planning to Meet with Delegates Delegate Name Reconciling Storyteller #1 Reconciling Storyteller #2
  51. 51. + Action Planning – local actions Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats
  52. 52. + Important resources Campaign Evaluations Delegate meeting reporting forms Toolkits and Scripts Appendices  (found in your campaign manual)
  53. 53. + Evaluations  Please remove the back page from your training manual  We will spend 5 minutes on these short evaluations  Please consider visiting evaluation to complete the longer survey Key Learnings Needs Change, Improvable Worked Well, Very Helpful
  54. 54. + Commissioning What brings you hope as we look toward General Conference 2012? How will you seek to make a difference so that hope can be realized? Meet With a Delegate Attend ACT Gathering in April Other Ways?
  55. 55. + Commissioning As you go out, travel in God’s perfect love every where you go. In each new moment, live with faith in God’s unpredictable plan for good. And, as you count your days as done remember to hope that tomorrow will be a little better because you lived today. Amen