Schools of Christian Mission
2011 Schools of Christian Mission Theme
"All Things Made New"
As followers of Christ, we hold fast to God’s intention to bring hope and wholeness to the world through Jesus Christ. Grace-filled, we long for a world that moves from brokenness to wholeness, from suffering to healing, from injustice to justice, from scarcity to abundance, from estrangement to reconciliation and from despair to hope. As partners in God’s mission, the transformation we seek today is that of taking what is broken and restoring it to fullness in the light of the Good News of Jesus Christ. Faith-filled, we believe that out of the rubble and ashes of devastation will come new life—a life of hope, a life of abundance, a life of joy for the journey.
“And God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.” And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” (Revelation 21:3b-5a, NRSV)
2011 Mission Studies:
•Spiritual Growth: The Journey: Forgiveness, Restorative Justice and Reconciliation
led by Diana Facemyer
•Geographic: Haiti: Challenges and Hope
•Topical Issue: Joy to the World: Mission in the Age of Global Christianity
led by Karen Hewitson
Logo for SCOM 2011 Theme: “All Things Made New"The logo selected by the North Central Jurisdiction to illustrate the theme was created by Maria C. Craig, a member of Morgan Park UMC in our own Northern Illinois Conference. She describes themes in her logo:
"God has the whole world in his hands, embracing the hope (Methodist symbol), reconciliation (rainbow), feeding the needy (Haiti) represented by the fish, the loaf of bread and changing water into wine (body and blood of Christ) given to us in remembrance of Him."
2011 Summer School of Christian Mission, July 21 - 24, 2011
Northern Illinois Conference offers a School of Christian Mission in both Summer and Winter.
The 2011 Summer School of Christian Mission is an expanded week-end school beginning Thursday evening, July 21 and extending through Sunday, July 24. Participants have time for two of the three studies. The site for this 2011 School of Christian Mission is Judson University in Elgin IL. See this map.
This summer a Mission Sampler session will be offered on Thursday, July 21, presenting an introduction to each of the three studies. A Korean and Spanish Language Day will be offered on Saturday, July 23. The Spiritual Growth and Geographic studies will be offered in the Korean Language. The Spiritual Growth study will be offered in the Spanish Language in a two-session format.
Find a flyer here. The complete registration brochure will soon be available.
Mission Sampler Day - Thursday, July 21, 2011
Formerly known as Drive-in Day, this Mission Sampler Day offers the opportunity for a 'sampler' - an introduction to each of the three Mission Studies for 2011:
- The Journey: Forgiveness, Restorative Justice and Reconciliation led by Diana Facemyer
- "Haiti" led by Steve Good and Julie Fleurinor
- "Joy to the World: Mission in the Age of Global Christianity" led by Karen Hewitson
Korean & Spanish Language Day - Saturday, July 23, 2011
On this Language day, opportunity to study two of the Mission Studies in the Korean Language, and one in the Spanish language.
- The Journey: Forgiveness, Restorative Justice and Reconciliation led by Eun-Hye Choi
- "Haiti" led by Soon Sun Lee
- The Journey: Forgiveness, Restorative Justice and Reconciliation led by Elizabeth Loredo-Rivera
2012 Winter School of Christian Mission, January 20-22, 2012
The Winter School of Christian Mission is an abbreviated weekend session beginning Friday evening and extending through Sunday. The same three studies are offered but participants have time for just one study.The Winter session will be January 20-22, 2012 at Camp Reynoldswood in Dixon, Illinois.