INDIANAPOLIS – The Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners based in Washington, D.C. and the Rev. Mike Slaughter of Ginghamsburg Church (United Methodist) in Tipp City, Ohio, are scheduled to be the featured speakers at the 2014 Our Life Together Pastor’s Retreat, Feb. 24-25, at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis.
The theme of the two day retreat will be “Engaging the World” and John 17:20-23 will be the Scriptural base.
Wallis is scheduled to speak twice on Monday, Feb. 24, during the day to Indiana Conference clergy. The evening of Feb. 24, the retreat will be opened to the general public and Wallis will address social justice issues he deals with in his special ministry in our nation’s capital.
Slaughter, lead pastor at Ginghamsburg Church, will speak twice on Tuesday, Feb. 25. The two-day retreat also will feature an opening communion service with Bishop Mike Coyner, Monday afternoon breakout sessions, a Taize-contemplative style service and vendors.
More information will come in future issues and online at www.inumc.org.
Jim Wallis serves as president and founder of Sojourners, where he also is editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine, which has a combined print and electronic media readership of more than a quarter million. He frequently speaks in the United States and abroad. His columns appear in major newspapers, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Boston Globe. He frequently appears on radio and television as a commentator on CNN, MSNBC, Fox – on shows such as Meet the Press, Hardball, the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the O’Reilly Factor – and on National Public Radio. He has taught at Harvard University and currently teaches a course on “Faith, Social Justice, and Public Life” at Georgetown University.
Wallis is a New York Times bestselling author, public theologian, speaker and international commentator on ethics and public life. He recently served on the White House Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and currently serves as the vice chair of the Global Agenda Council on Values of the World Economic Forum.
He is the author of 10 books. His latest book, On God’s Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn’t Learned About Serving the Common Good (Brazos Press), was released in April 2013.
Mike Slaughter, serves as lead pastor at Ginghamsburg Church, is the three-decade dreamer of Ginghamsburg Church and spiritual entrepreneur of ministry marketplace innovations. His life-long passion to reach the lost and set the oppressed free has now made him a tireless and leading advocate for displaced children, women and men of Darfur, Sudan, named by the U.N. as the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today. Since initiating The Sudan Project in January 2005, Ginghamsburg has invested more than $6.1 million into humanitarian relief in Darfur.
Under his leadership, Ginghamsburg Church has become known as an early innovator of small group ministry. The church’s “media reformation” and cyberministry, with the Ginghamsburg website average 50,000 visits monthly from around the world. As a mentor, he travels globally to speak and use his “gift of irritation” to equip ministry leaders to minimize brick and maximize mission so that they may fully deploy the mission of Jesus into the world.