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ANNUAL FALL BOARD MEETING
October 26, 2021
MINISTRY REPORT SUMMARIES
Ministry on Public Relations
Madre Annie Etheredge reported on behalf of the Public Relations subgroup. This group met several times to discuss the need for broader communications for the LIC to spread the word about its work in advocacy and action, which have been called “our best kept secret.” When considering a new Executive Director, it would be helpful to find someone who can take advantage of the broader reach of current social media platforms to reach a younger, more socially conscious audience.
Ministry on Age and Diversity
Rev. Dr. Timothy Jones reported for Age and Diversity, saying they met and each participant in the group agreed to try to get 2-5 people younger than 50 years old to attend one of our meetings. Many millennials and younger appreciate our goals and focus. We can solicit more involvement by reaching out more enthusiastically and personally call younger members of our congregations to get involved.
Children and Poverty
The Commission and Rob Gorman work to mobilize churches to address poverty in children with measurable goals. Areas the group have explored include education for our congregations, encouraging Advocacy in response to Legislative Alerts, as well as recently collaborating with Louisiana First Foundation (which focuses on Foster Care) and meeting with First Lady Donna Edwards. “One Church, One Family, One Child” is an initiative which supports kids in foster care. .
Bishop Harvey asked if Rob if the group had made contact with the Methodist's Children’s Home and Rick Wheat, whose work is focused on Foster Care. Rick Wheat would be an important resource.
Unity and Relationships
(Faith and Order)
Wayne Carter/Buddy Noel indicated a report was sent. There have been many discussions about how blessed we are to have the LIC, a precious thing we need to continue to nurture. The group wants to build on common themes which coincide with Roman Catholics’ discussions among their Bishops which focus on
3) Dreaming about the church we are called to be.
The last synod of Bishops suggested conversations of shared hopes using identity and dialog to build bridges to unity. They declared issues of sexuality should not be a stumbling block, the young are ahead of us on these issues; we need to follow their leads. Fratelli Tutti, a document for human fraternity and social friendship would be a good roadmap for us to use in our work. In part it states: Believing in God isn’t enough, authentic openness to God opens our hearts to others.
Ministry on the Environment
Catherine Townsend reported there has been three meetings which had formulated a plan, which sent its plan to LIC. The members participating in this commission were divided into subgroups with the focus on the steps of Educate, Advocate, Collaborate and Act.
Ministry on Racial Justice
Sister Miriam MacLean shared to the Board that her group has started conversations within our own congregations and denominations and to increase public discourse, seeking to address racism and issues of social justice.
Ted A. Campbell,
Albert C. Outler Professor Wesley Studies
Southern Methodist University, Ph.D. in Church History, 1984;
Oxford University, B.A./M.A. in Christian Theology, 1979/1987;
University of North Texas, B.A. in Latin, 1976;
Lon Morris College, A.A., 1974
Methodist history, doctrine, and polity;
History of Christianity; History of Christian doctrine and theology;
Ecumenical Christian doctrine
Methodist history including Wesleyan studies;
Pietism and movements for a “religion of the heart” in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries;
Ecumenical Christian doctrine
Trustee, International Foundation for Ewha Woman's University;
President of the Charles Wesley Society (1999-2003);
Delegate to the Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches in the USA (1992-2002);
Ordained elder of the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church
Dr. Campbell's Remarks
by Madre Annie Etheredge
Dr. Burton introduced Ted Campbell, PhD. as our guest speaker. Dr. Campbell is from SMU/Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, and an expert in ecumenical history. Please see his biographical information in the right-hand column.
In his remarks he emphasized that ecumenism was begun in part as a large global movement in response to the horrors of WWI and the Great Depression. The World Council of Churches was developed in the 1940’s, and Catholic participation began in 1960’s. The movement has two major foci, Faith and Order focuses on doctrine and polity and Life and Work: addresses social problems of large scale. “Doctrine Divides, Service Unites.”
Faith and Order tends to get bogged down in language, with a very specific meaning that is peculiar of the work especially after the 1960’s. The Depression and WWII led to a highly collaborative generation. People knew you had to work together to get things done. Lots of civic organizations were created. The United Way was part of this network of civic organizations, and kept everything centralized and on task
Subsequent generations began the process of siloing and turning away from large scale collaboration. There is a decline in the number of Ecumenical organizations across the US. It’s nice to see the LIC so healthy. Covid responses have been collaborative among faith based groups. There are gaps in distribution of Covid information and resources that cry for a need for more collaboration, as do the recent current events like the murder of George Floyd that spark a need for unity in achieving social justice. There have been some local efforts to meet these global needs, but we can be so much more effective if we are collaborative. Marketing, branding and social media may aid these efforts. Younger generations don’t realize how close we have become in recent decades; the assumption is that there are still chasms between denominations, but the gap is actually closing.
FALL BOARD MEETING
OCTOBER 26, 2021
The Rev. Dan Krutz offered an opening prayer, holding up all those who are ill, especially long-term LIC Administrative Assistant, Lorraine Grout, who is critically ill
Dr. Nadine Burton welcomed everyone to the meeting. Minutes of the March meeting were approved.
JOB SEARCH STATUS
The Rev. Rob Gorman reported that the LIC Executive Director search is continuing. The job opening has been advertised for two months. One application and resume was received and unfortunately was later withdrawn as candidate accepted another position.. He asked that every denomination must be sure to put the job description on their outreach media, especially as the timeline for the search is scheduled to end November 15th.
Dr. Van Stinson shared a draft budget for LIC for 2022 and thanked Fr. Krutz, Rev. Kelly, and Fr. Moroney for assisting in drafting the budget as well as giving a financial update for 2021. He advised that there is a slight reduction in the overall budget. The greatest change for 2022 will be the reduction in salary, duties, and hours of the Administrative Assistant.
Sandy O'Brien, with the United Methodist Conference, outlined a generous proposal from the UMC take on the LIC accounting duties going forward. She stressed payroll would be outsourced and the factors leading to that decision. Shifting the financial duties to the UMC staff significantly reduces the duties and hours for the new Administrative Assistant and consequently results in a lower salary. This savings will be shifted to the overall compensation for the Executive Director position. After a few questions for clarification, the budget was voted on and accepted.
We acknowledge the source of these notes on the Fall Board Meeting and the recap of Dr. Campbell's remarks are from the minutes prepared by Madre Annie Ethredge. We express our thanks to her for submitting wonderful minutes of the meeting, courtesy resolutions, and she completed them in such an expeditious time. Thank you.
We wish to thank everyone for sharing their time, their insights and commitment to spreading the love of God through ecumenical efforts.
SVDP is a Catholic organization that has a mission to help those who are less fortunate and lift communities out of poverty. This year with Hurricane Ida, we were introduced to the community of Ironton.
Ironton is located in Plaquemines Parish, and is one of the oldest black communities in Louisiana. Due to segregation, Ironton was continuously denied infrastructure from the parish and only received running water in 1980 after their stories where publicized on a national level.
Hurricane Ida devastated Ironton, resulting in mass destruction with all residents losing their homes. SVDP came together with Ironton’s own Reverend Haywood Johnson of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church to support the community’s recovery. The residents have expressed dismay and frustration with their government, and feel that as a small rural black community their voices go unheard or ignored. SVDP is working to amplify those voices. We can and support their effort to rebuild.
To rebuild Ironton, we must first rebuild their center – The Church. SVDP has been in touch with countless partners to assist with this effort, and our central office and conferences have put in over 200 hours in volunteer work delivering supplies, gutting houses, etc. We don’t plan on stopping or leaving them. To continue this relationship, we need help and that is why I am appealing to LIC to help share the mission of SVDP.
I invite you to watch the PSA and share, and ask those you share with to share with others, use the link below or the one under the image.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Archdiocesan Council of New Orleans
St. Vincent de Paul Center
3500 Canal Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70119
Office: (504) 827-5842
IN CASE YOU MISSED THE
OCTOBER 19, 2021 WEBINAR,
PLEASE USE THIS LINK TO VIEW
THEOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE ON THE GULF COAST:
A theological foundation of faith leaders addressed the sacredness of water especially as it relates to Louisiana.
A diverse group of leaders of faith-based organizations and faith leaders examined our physical, spiritual, cultural and socioeconomic dependence on this life-sustaining resource.
Participants explored emerging threats to water, useful sources of information, and ethical actions that we may take to protect this most profoundly sacred gift.
The Rev. Dan Krutz, Executive Director of the LIC,
Rob Gorman, Retired Executive Director of the Catholic Social Services
Rev. Dr. Kristina Peterson, Chair of the Environmental Stewardship Commission of the Louisiana Interchurch Conference
The panel included:
Avery Lamb and Karyn Bigelow, Co-Directors of the Creation Justice Ministries
Sharon Lavigne, Goldman Environmental Awardee and environmental caregiver
Rev. Gregory Manning of the Greater New Orleans Interfaith Climate Coalition
Cindy Robertson with Episcopal Disaster and the Micah 6:8 project.
The webinar concluded with a closing prayer delivered by the Rev. Dr. Tolbert, former President of the LIC.
Elder Rosina Philippe, Atakapa-Ishak/Chawasha Tribe will bless our gathering and sacredness of place.
National Donor Sabbath 2021
November 12 - November 14
National Donor Sabbath will be observed November 12-14,before Thanksgiving. This three-day observance seeks to include the days of worship for major religions practiced in the United States. During National Donor Sabbath, faith leaders from many religions, donor families, transplant recipients, and donation and transplantation professionals participate in services and programs to educate the public about the need for the lifesaving and healing gifts passed to others through transplantation, while also encouraging people to register their decision to be organ, eye and tissue donors.
If your faith community is interested to receive free materials for the National Donor Sabbath, please contact us.
Online Retreat in Advent
Inspired by Thomas Berry
Saturday, December 4, 2021
10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Central Time
Loyola University New Orleans will offer an online retreat Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Central Time.
You are invited to a creation-centered Advent retreat entitled "A Mutually Enhancing Relationship with the Natural World." Part of a series of mornings of prayer and reflection with a creation-centered focus informed by the work of Passionist Fr. Thomas Berry. It is free and open to the public.
Creation has long been central to the work of the Loyola Institute for Ministry (LIM). It informs its method and model of theological reflection and is woven through its curriculum. LIM now invites the public to a retreat based on the creation-centered work of Passionist "Ecologian" Fr. Thomas Berry.
The retreat takes its inspiration from videos and other materials associated with Thomas Berry that have been gathered by LIM Emerita Professor Kathleen O'Gorman. It has been developed by LIM faculty and graduates
For more information on the Thomas Berry Project at Loyola,
ORGANIZATION: Loyola University New Orleans
More information is available at: http://cnh.loyno.edu/lim/retreats
EVENT URL: https://loyno.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJErd-6qrT0pHNPbnOFO2u_RSt56mLzAPdAG
Prayers for the Nation
Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love: So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that all peoples may be gathered together under the banner of the Prince of Peace, as children of one God and Creator of us all; to whom be dominion and glory, now and forever.
- For Peace, Book of Common Prayer
Oh God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your son. Look now with compassion on the entire human family; and particularly this part of the family, in the United States, and those in our nation’s capital; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
- For the Human Family, Book of Common Prayer
NOVEMBER 15, 2021
BRIGHT STAR BAPTIST CHURCH
2415 Hearn Avenue
Dr. R. Timothy Jones, President, recently wrote on the Welcome Page for the BMELA website:
"It is also our joy to convene a group of pastors and church leaders from all over America through #RENEW. While we are restricted by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are yet committed to fulfilling our mission to equip pastors and churches to serve this present age.
Please take advantage of the continuing education opportunities that we are providing electronically."
He concludes his remarks with
"Let's grow together!
For more information regarding this upcoming Fall Board Meeting go to http://www.bmela.org.
Louisiana Interchurch Conference
“To live the faith we hold in common”
LIC—What is its Purpose?
Recognizing that Jesus calls all people to be one, the Louisiana Interchurch Conference, representing diverse communions, strives to proclaim in word and deed to the people, churches and institutions of Louisiana that faith which we hold in common, in the hope that by our common witness we will grow toward greater unity in Christ Jesus.
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