Pan-Methodist Gathering of Georgia Campaign Liaisons
The Campaign had its first statewide gathering and training of Pan-Methodist liaisons in Atlanta on October 19. Liaisons from the AME, AMEZ, CME, and UMC denominations attended and contributed to the sessions. It was an important time for liaisons to receive detailed information and materials about the plight of Georgia’s children in poverty. And the gathering was an opportunity for liaisons to become acquainted with one another and to learn from one another.
The full day included devotions (led by Rev. Sarah Watson Larson, Associate Campaign Coordinator), lessons from working to involve an annual conference with poverty issues (Rev. Debby Fox, Associate Director of Connectional Ministries, N. GA Conf. UMC), realities of Georgia’s children and opportunities for caring (Ms. Pamela Perkins Carn, Program Coordinator, Interfaith Children’s Movement), denominational resources and methods of organizing (Mr. Bill Mefford, Director, Civil and Human Rights, General Board of Church and Society, UMC), and specific steps for advancing the Campaign in Georgia (Dr. Luther Smith, Campaign Coordinator).
Liaisons left with a greater understanding of various strategies for engaging their congregations, districts, and annual conferences to be a Christian witness with children in poverty. The liaisons also decided to come together again next year to hear about accomplishments and to learn about new challenges facing Georgia’s children. Dr. Smith hopes that such a statewide gathering of Campaign liaisons will occur in other states.