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The PC(USA)’s Matthew 25 Summit aims for intention and impact

The first-ever Summit will be held Jan. 16-18 at New Life Presbyterian Church in College Park, Georgia

by Shani E. McIlwain | Presbyterian News Service

With less than a week to go, the conveners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s first Matthew 25 Summit are excited about its intention and impact.

They note that registration is closed. Those not able to attend in person can still engage via livestream here and follow along with news coverage here.

As the Summit lives into its subtitle, “An Invitation to Innovation,” the location of the gathering was intentional. New Life Presbyterian Church in College Park, Georgia, was chosen for several reasons that attendees and observers will find out about next week. Most importantly, the setting is intimate to focus on building relationships and connections. As you make your plans to join us, remember your travel checklists, and run last- minute errands, you are invited to pray. Pray that there will be something shared that is transformative in the way ministry is done.

The Rev. Hodari Williams is team leader at New Life Presbyterian Church in College Park, Georgia. (Contributed photo)

There are 25 workshops across two tracks being offered that merge inspiration with action. You’re invited to get inspired by the testimonies and stories being offered by colleagues and friends who are working toward building congregational vitality, eradicating poverty and dismantling structural racism.

As  Ruling Elder Clarence Jackson of New Life Presbyterian Church states, “We have been enlightened through the teachings of Matthew 25 from our pastor that the big church would want to come and see all the ways we live into what it means to be in community with others and live out the charge of loving our neighbors as ourselves.”

At the conclusion of the Summit, there will be opportunities to engage in “Being Matthew 25” through webinars and other resources. Stay connected, including here, for more information.

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