INDIANAPOLIS - Holy Friendship will be the theme of the upcoming Our Life Together retreat for Indiana's United Methodist clergy. The two-day retreat is scheduled to be held at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 100 West 86th Street in Indianapolis, one block west of North Meridian Street from 9 a.m. on April 20 through 3:15 p.m. on April 21.
Bishop Janice Riggle Huie, of the Texas United Methodist Conference since 2004, will be the keynote preacher. The Texas Conference is composed of approximately 700 congregations and more than 290,000 members, spread throughout east Texas.
Since Huie's assignment there, the Texas Conference has adopted a bold new missional strategy aimed at making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. The primary priorities are as follows: Congregational Excellence (new church starts and re-vitalization of existing congregations), Clergy Excellence (recruiting gifted young pastors and supporting and training current pastors) and a Re-aligned Missional Structure.
Huie is a graduate of Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and was awarded a Doctor of Ministry degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, where she focused on homiletics and liturgy.
She recently served as the president of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church from 2006 to 2008.
Huie will join with Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner in an opening worship dialogue on the topic of Holy Friendship.
Other speakers leading workshops during the retreat include: Christian comedian Craig Tornquist (www.craigtornquist.com) of Mishawaka, Ind.; and Dr. Matt Bloom, associate professor of management of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.
Closing worship will be a full communion service, with traditional hymns and organ music. More information will be shared in future issues of Together.
The cost of the retreat is $60 per participant, which includes two lunches, breakfast, evening pizza and a donation to Central Conference Pension Initiative (www.ccpi-umc.org) in lieu of a conference supper.
An additional opportunity to pledge support or give to the CCPI will be offered. Retreat planners' goal is for 100 percent of the pastors attending to respond with their support to United Methodist pastors serving in congregation beyond the United States who may have little or no pension fund to draw upon in retirement.
A complete vendor list will be available soon. Of course, Cokesbury will be there with numerous books and supplies for pastors.