Sept. 28 – Being Neighbors Seminar 9:30 – 1:30. $10. Includes lunch. In THE HUB Conference Center at First Presbyterian, Columbiana. Co-sponsored by Midway Mennonite Church. Handicapped accessible.
Spend the morning with peacemaker Rev. Lydia Neshangwe and local community builders considering the many factors preventing us from forming relationships across economic, racial, cultural and other barriers.
What must we unlearn to become neighbors?
Keynote Speaker: Rev. Lydia Neshangwe
An ordained minister of the Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa (UPCSA) and a Presbyterian Peacemaking Fellow, Rev. Neshangwe will help us explore the spiritual practice of unlearning and the process of changing perspective so we can achieve healthy relationships with others as well as ourselves. Rev. Neshangwe is on staff at St. Andrew’s Church, a culturally diverse congregation, and serves as Clerk of the Presbytery of Zimbabwe. She is the founder of the Centre for Growth, which conducts seminars, workshops and group therapy sessions for personal and spiritual growth and wholeness.
Community Builder: Tammy & Mark Blackburn
Tammy directs The Way Station’s Pathways to Independence program. Mark is Director of Youth and Family Ministries at Northside Church in East Liverpool, OH. But they’ll tell you they work together in almost everything, including nurturing the first Pathways to Independence class on a journey of unlearning dependence and embracing personal potential.
Community Builder: Bishop Joseph MacNeal
Bishop MacNeal has volunteered for over twenty years with Needle’s Eye Christian Life Center. Located on Youngstown’s South Side, Needle’s Eye provides a safe place for youth and adults involved in the myriad societal issues plaguing poverty-stricken communities.
Community Builder: Sr. Mary Ann McFadden
Sr. Mary Ann, along with Sr. Rene Weeks, coordinate the Centro San Pablo at St. Paul’s Parish in Youngstown, OH. Through the Center, the sisters have become trusted resources and advocates for Salem’s Hispanic community.
Schedule of the Day
9:30 – Registration
9:45 – Keynote Speaker: Rev. Lydia Neshangwe
10:45 – Break
11:00 – Community Builder Testimonies
12:00 – Lunch in discussion groups. Exercise: Visioning a New Creation
1:00 – Sharing
1:30 – Closing exercise & dismissal
A simple fall lunch of wraps, soup and salad. Provided by Affordable Catering of Salem. Vegetarian options will be available. Please note any dietary preferences on the registration form.