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Gresham Lectures for Clergy and Laity Nov 7-9

October 1, 2014 Published by Neil Topliffe

The fifth annual Perry Gresham Lecture and Clergy Day, scheduled November 7-9 at Central Woodward Christian Church, Troy, Michigan will provide two equally rich and stimulating sessions, one for clergy on Friday and the other for all church leaders on Saturday. The keynoter is highly sought after, particularly on the topic of this series, ministering with a new generation of Christians.

Rev. Carol Howard Merritt, a Presbyterian (USA) minister, recently was named to a list of 15 Christian women changing the world. In addition to Friday and Saturday sessions, Merritt also will preach on Sunday morning.

The Friday session will focus on clergy with continuing education credits available from Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, Indiana. Saturday's focus is on the broader community of clergy and laity for all faith communities.

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 7,  10 am – 3 pm — CLERGY SPIRITUAL FORMATION DAY.
Cost: $50 ($75 after Nov. 1) – Includes lunch & CTS Continuing Education Credits certificate

“There is a balm — healing from religious wounds.” The focus will be upon the “nones” religous group, including the trauma that the church has caused in the lives or parishioners. The conversation will conclude with how to move to one of healing.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 8,  10 am – 2 pm — Community Workshop: “Weaving the carpet – Creating an intergenerational congregation.
Cost: $15 includes lunch

Brochure with more details and Registration Form is available on this Michigan Disciples web news page:

Perry Gresham, in whom this series is named, was the second minister of Central Woodward Christian Church in the 1950s, known as one of the Disciples top preaching pulpits. He later became president of Bethany (WV) College, founded by Alexander Campbell to provide educated leaders for church and society.

The lectures' mission is to bring to the local congregation and community biblical scholars and theologians of note. “These lectures are given in recognition that we are to love God with all of our heart, soul, and mind,” said Dr. Robert Cornwall, senior minister of Central Woodward. “This lectureship reflects the ethos of the Disciples of Christ movement, which values the mind and insists that the whole people of God should be educated in the faith.”