Focus: Critical Issues

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Critical Issues: A United Methodist Response to Immigration Issues

As both American citizens and baptized Christians, we face a challenging and often uncomfortable tension with understanding how best to respond to the issues and the individuals involved. In this workshop, your congregation will learn about the official position of the United Methodist Church on the issue of immigration. Participants will also learn how our Annual Conference is responding to the c Continue Reading

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Critical Issues: Bread for the World

Participants in this workshop will learn how to become effective advocates for the poor in their communities as they learn about hunger issues facing our neighbors in our own community. This workshop focuses not solely on identifying and understanding issues of hunger, but they will also learn ways to positively impact political policy at local, state, and national levels. Continue Reading

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Critical Issues: Facing the Matter of Child Sexual Exploitation in North Georgia

Atlanta is the #1 location in the US for child sexploitation; and if affects every corner of our Annual Conference, from LaGrange to Lavonia, from Hiawassee to Hiram. In this critical issue workshop, participants will be educated about the scope and depth of the problem and learn the potential risks that all churches face in light of the exploitation of children. Participants will be educated abou Continue Reading

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Critical Issues: Helping without Hurting

We would never do anything to intentionally harm people living in poverty, but the reality is out of ignorance, we do. Learn how to engage the poor in your community in healthy, helpful ways. Continue Reading

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Critical Issues: Homeless Ministries

Some congregations see this around them, others don't - but homelessness and the issues that cause it and keep it from going away are always around all of us. There is a biblical mandate to minister to the poor and outcast and this workshop can introduce the problems, approaches, and tools that heighten awareness and ways the church can proactively get involved. Continue Reading

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Critical Issues: How Can Your Church Respond to Community Violence?

Community violence can be defined as exposure to intentional acts of interpersonal violence committed in public areas by individuals who are not intimately related to the victim.  Community violence can happen without notice.  Community violence is an intentional attempt to hurt one or more people, including homicides, sexual assaults, robberies, and weapons attacks (bats, knives, guns, etc.). C Continue Reading

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Critical Issues: Local Church Advocacy: How to Put Children First

This is a class that will train your church to develop the awareness for the prevention of any types of child abuse. Why? As a church, we need to provide a safety net for our children. Abuse is often very subtle. It can be happening in your church or community now without you realizing it. ? Education about abuse (emotional, physical, sexual and spiritual) ? Reporting Requirements - what your Continue Reading

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Critical Issues: Mental Health Awareness and Education

Families dealing with mental health challenges often do not receive the support that they need from their church. This workshop will address the stereotypes, myths, and taboos often associated with mental illness. You will be given some biblical examples of well known persons that dealt with mental health issues, a general overview of the different types of mental health illnesses, and suggestions Continue Reading

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Critical Issues: Starting a Prison Ministry

Ministering to prisoners reentering a community is both a Biblical expectation and one of the most significant steps to a lasting rehabilitation. This workshop empowers and mobilizes persons in the church on how to engage people returning to the community. Anika's personal stories and illustrations from her 40 years of ministry enhance this workshop of practical applications. Continue Reading

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Critical Issues: The Social Principles of The United Methodist Church

Do you know what the United Methodist Church says about social issues like environmental responsibility, labor unions, human sexuality, war, and universal healthcare? In this workshop, participants will learn about and discuss contemporary social issues through the lens of our Social Principles. Participants will leave the workshop equipped to lead a discussion of the Social Principles in small gr Continue Reading

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