Let this be recorded for a generation yet to come, so that a people yet unborn may praise the Lord.
Dear Local Church Historian,
We pray you will join us as we prepare for the next two years when two very important milestones in the history of the Methodist Church will be celebrated: in 2018, which will be the 50th Anniversary of the merger of the Evangelical United Brethren Church (EUB) and the Methodist Church to form The United Methodist Church; and in 2019, which will be the 150th Anniversary of the Florida Conference.
In advance of these events, we have been focusing on trainings for local church historians, both locally and regionally. Recently, we notified you of an online training course opportunity through the Indiana Conference. We were very pleased with the large response from the Florida Conference, with 60 of the 300 participants from around the country from the Florida Conference. Congratulations! Thanks to that effort, we have made great strides to ensure that the Ministry of Memory in our local churches is in capable, well-trained hands.
To continue our focus on giving historians ample opportunity to receive proper training, click here for information and a registration form for an upcoming event we think you will really enjoy. We have a special rate for a block of rooms at Lambuth Inn.
**This room block will expire on Friday, October 13. Reservations placed after that date will be subject to prevailing rate and availability.**
The Southeastern Jurisdiction (SEJ) Commission on Archives and History will hold a Heritage Preservation Workshop on November 17-18 at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center in beautiful (and cool!) Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. The theme of the workshop is “Bringing Life to History” and the organizers will bring together some of the region’s most noted historians and archivists to teach you skills you need to do your job.
Won’t you please consider attending? We know it will be well worth the effort. You’ll learn about implementing an oral history project and about telling those all-important stories. Remember, the future of our United Methodist Church depends on relaying stories about its people – not just about buildings.
Bishop Carter has emphasized the need for us to witness to others and tell them our stories, to let them know why Christ is important to us, why the United Methodist Church is important to us, and why our individual churches are important to us. Attending this workshop just may give you the confidence you need to return to your local church and help tell those stories.
May it be so for you and for me.
Anita “Nita” Campbell, chair
Florida United Methodist Conference Commission on Archives and History