Philippians, Power and Privilege
Thursday, February 2, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Vina de Lestonnac Retreat Center
39300 De Portola Road, Temecula
ALL rostered and lay leaders are invited to be with us for our 2017 Day of Theological Reflection & Dialogue.
In Philippians, Christ is described as not grasping to the status he deserved but emptying himself and taking on the form of a slave. In light of this teaching and in response to the Synod Assembly resolution that we address power and privilege, we invite our leaders (rostered and lay) to a day of theological reflection entitled, “Philippians, Power, and Privilege”. We will gather for worship, scripture study led by Bishop Taylor and a facilitated discussion. This is not another lecture on racism, sexism and other forms of exclusion, but a place for sharing stories and seeking God’s guidance as a church. Pastor Ron Werner from Portland, Oregon will be our facilitator (see bio below.) He is trained in group process to ensure that key conversations take place. We pray for renewed vision as leaders, commitment for change, and steps to ensure a more inclusive future.
Please make this event a priority for the sake of our common community!
The cost is $50 per person, which includes lunch. Financial assistance is available by request for those who register online (follow the link to the registration form for details.) Online registration is strongly encouraged to help us plan for lunch. Follow this link to register now.
The schedule for the day will be as follows:
9:00 a.m. Registration Check-In and Coffee
9:30 a.m. Service of the Word
–Opening Songs and Prayer
–Bible Study on Philippians 2 – Bishop Andy Taylor
–Dialogue Sermon – Pastor Greg Ronning
10:15 a.m. Stories & Conversation – Facilitated by Ron Werner
12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. Group Process – Facilitated by Ron Werner
1:45 p.m. Service of the Table
2:30 p.m. Evaluation & Dismissal
Spanish translation will be available. For registration questions, please contact Terri Robertson at 714.692.2791, ext. 732 or by email at email@example.com
Pastor Ron Werner, Jr. – Ron is a pastor and community organizer in Portland, Oregon, where he gathers people to co-create, make meaning, and act together in the world. He is the co-founder of Youth Collectives, facilitating the startup and sustainability of neighborhood-based ecumenical youth ministries in cities throughout Oregon and Awakening Leadership, an interfaith school of clergy and lay leaders in Portland. He is active in movements for immigrant and racial justice as a leader with the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice and Showing Up for Racial Justice PDX.
Ron is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He received his Master of Divinity from Iliff School of Theology in Denver. His lineage in organizing and facilitation comes from the Industrial Areas Foundation and Art of Hosting. Ron enjoys traveling, cooking, and dancing with his wife Erin, a public high school teacher and their two young daughters Dylan and Averie.