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Mission u in Minnesota

Minnesota Conference United Methodist Women host Mission u

Mission u in Minnesota
Worship setting for the Minnesota Conference’s 2014 Mission u.

The Minnesota Conference Mission u was held in July at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. Since the switch from School of Christian Mission to Mission u we have used Mission u: Learning Together for the Transformation of the World as our theme.

We offer two ways to participate in Mission u: a more traditional “school” that gives everyone eight hours in two studies and a one-day event that offers one and a half hours in all three studies. Our study leaders led about 180 participants in the studies offered: How Is It With Your Soul?, The Church and People with Disabilities and The Roma of Europe.

Our traditional school offers participants a relaxed atmosphere in which they can participate in different activities in addition to the studies. Participants can visit the bookstore where they can purchase current study books or books from the United Methodist Women Reading Program. Participants can also browse multiple displays located throughout the hallways. There is also a Discovery Action room where attendees can participate in hands-on activities related to the current studies. The location of the event also allows participants to explore the campus, where they may view the St. John’s Bible, visit the pottery studio, go swimming or view the sapling sculpture by environmental artist Patrick Dougherty.

Days opened with everyone gathering for morning worship and closes with an evening vespers. This year we used United Methodist Women resource “On a Path to Mission” to create litany for worship. One evening we had a talent show, and the other evening Tony Brownlow from National Mission Institution Emma Norton Services spoke with us and took part in a panel discussion on people with disabilities and their view on how the church can be more inclusive.

Theresa Riecke is the dean of Minnesota Conference Mission u.

Posted or updated: 1/14/2015 12:00:00 AM
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