2011 Our Life Together

Our Life Together, a spiritual retreat for clergy of the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church, will be held Monday, Feb. 28, at 10 a.m. and last through mid-afternoon Tuesday, March 1, at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. There also will be a Pre-Lenten Worship Service with Bishop Mike Coyner preaching.

This year’s theme, “You Only Have to Die,” is borrowed from the book written by the Rev. Dr. Jim Harnish, who is one of the featured keynote speakers at this year’s Our Life Together retreat. His book tells the story of his own personal transformation as well as that of his congregation’s transformation from a stagnant old life to vibrant new life.

All attending clergy are asked to read You Only Have to Die by Jim Harnish prior to the retreat. Harnish serves as senior pastor of Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa, Fla. and is a prolific writer of books and Bible studies. To purchase book, visit www.Cokesbury.com and enter book title.

The second keynote speaker will be the Rev. Rosemary Brown, pastor of Monroe Street and Jordonia United Methodist churches in Nashville, Tenn. She is a prominent storyteller, speaker and teacher at numerous national United Methodist youth events and global meetings of Methodist mission events.

For more information about each speaker, visit the Indiana Conference website at www.inumc.org.

As in previous years, there will be opportunities for connection, dinner out, and engaging leadership from Harnish, Brown and Bishop Coyner. Worship and music will be presented by the Lockerbie-Central UMC of Indianapolis and the musical group Deeper Roots. Displays by more than a dozen vendors will be featured in the hall adjacent to the sanctuary.

Registration is now open and the cost for the retreat will not increase from last year. The cost remains at $60 for two days and two lunches. Register online at www.inumc.org. A downloadable registration form also is available online. For those registering with printed form by USPS mail, please mail check and a copy of your completed registration form to: Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church, Attn: Lisa Timmerman, 301 Pennsylvania Parkway, Suite 300, Indianapolis, IN 46280. Make check payable to Indiana Conference UMC and please write on memo line OLT. For answers to other questions, contact Lisa at 317-564-3235 or by e-mail at lisa.timmerman@inumc.org.