Thursday, August 7

  • 8am continental breakfast & gathering
  • 8:45am welcome & opening worship with:
      -Rev. Mike Slaughter, Lead Pastor, Ginghamsburg Church
      -Mr. Thomas Kemper, General Secretary, General Board of Global Ministries
      -Bishop Gregory V. Palmer, West Ohio Conference
  • 9:15am plenary #1 Importance for Hearing & Responding to the Realities Of Palestinian Christians in Israel/Palestine with: Ms. Lynne Hybels, Willow Creek Community Church
    with responses from:
      -Bishop Hope Morgan Ward, North Carolina Conference; President, General Board of Global Ministries
      ​-Bishop Ivan Abrahams, General Secretary, World Methodist Council
       ...and facilitator: Rev. Mike Slaughter
  • 10:30am break & bookstore browse
  • 11am plenary #2 Voices from the Palestinian Christian Community with:
      -Zoughbi Zoughbi, Founder, Wi'am - Palestinian Conflict Resolution Center
      -Grace al-Zoughbi, Professor, Bethlehem Bible College
      -Wisam Salsaa, Master Carver, Holy Land Tour Guide
        ...and facilitator: Karen Smith 
  • 12:30pm information, instructions & announcements
  • 12:45pm lunch on campus
  • 2pm plenary #3 United Methodist Church Positions: agency perspectives & actions with:  
      -Ms. Barbara Boigegrain, General Secretary, General Board of Pensions & Health Benefits
      -Rev. Susan Henry Crowe, General Secretary, General Board of Church & Society
      -Mr. Thomas Kemper, General Secretary, General Board of Global Ministries
       ...and facilitator: Dr. Bruce Robbins
  • 2:45pm table discussion on UMC positions, perspectives, actions
  • 3:15pm break & bookstore browse
  • 3:45pm working groups session #1
  • 4:45pm working groups session #2
  • 5:45pm Palestinian dinner (DINNER REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED)

You are invited to ... enjoy a catered Palestinian Dinner, prepared by Palestinian Muslim friends within the Dayton, Ohio area, as a prelude to our cultural evening.

Click on the graphic to view the menu: 

  • 7:30pm "A Cultural Evening: Telling the Story of Palestine - a Journey of Tears & Hope" with Jorge Lockward 

Friday, August 8

  • 8am continental breakfast & gathering
  • 8:30am opening worship with Dr. Wendy Deichmann, President, United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio
  • 9am plenary #4 A Biblical Call to Action with Rev. Alex Awad, Dean of Students, Bethlehem Bible College
  • 10:30am break & bookstore browse
  • 11am working groups session #3
  • 12:30pm lunch on campus
  • 1:30pm plenary #5 Ecumenical Palestinian Call to Action with Ms. Nora Carmi, Kairos Palestine
  • 2:15pm break & bookstore browse
  • 2:45pm plenary #6 A Vision for Change with Rev. Mike Slaughter, Lead Pastor, Ginghamsburg Church
  • 3:15pm Taking Actions for Just Peace
  • 4pm close

You are also invited to a special partner event on Ginghamsburg's Campus ...

...sponsored by the United Methodist Kairos Response, an international peace movement in the United Methodist Church, responding to the urgent call from Palestinian Christians for effective action to support a just peace in Israel/Palestine. Click on the graphic above to learn more, or go to for information and registration.  

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