Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide Conference

Start:July 18, 2017 1:30 PM

End: July 20, 201712:00 PM

Location: Fulton-Montgomery Community College2805 NY-67, Johnstown, NY 12095

Host Contact Info: New York State Council of Churches nyscoc@aol.com or 518 436-9319

There is a divide of perspectives and worldviews amongst members of our rural, suburban and urban congregations. Join the New York State Council of Churches at Fulton-Montgomery Community College in Johnstown, New York this summer as we take intentional time to dig beneath and bridge the divide amongst diverse communities and ministry contexts.

Featured speakers at the Conference include:

Dr. Alison Collis Greene, Assistant Professor at Mississippi State University who wrote the award winning book: No Depression in Heaven which explores the way theologically diverse rural and urban churches in the Mississippi Delta advocated for the New Deal during the Great Depression. Drawing on this history, she will introduce some paradigms for how the church might best respond to human need in our time.

Dr. James Evans, Professor of Systematic Theology and former President of Colgate Rochester Theological Seminary and Senior Pastor of St. Luke’s Tabernacle Community Church in Rochester—a primarily African American congregation noted for its powerful outreach work and strong preaching. Dr. Evans will offer an in depth theological and pastoral reflection on the local church and its social justice work.

The Reverend Karina Feliz, Pastor of Highland United Methodist Church. Reverend Feliz will examine the church’s in role in pastoring to and with immigrants and undocumented workers in more rural settings. As you well know, Reverend Feliz is co-chair of the New York Annual Conference Immigration Task Force. Reverend Feliz is in the process of developing a tool to help congregations reach out to their neighbors and love strangers in our midst. We are eager to collaborate with her as we develop a model for outreach for congregations as part of the conference.

In addition, there will be elected officials, and speakers from the labor, business, and community organizing communities and small group discussion and opportunities to workshop around local issues with a diverse group of colleagues. Faith leaders, activists, community leaders, business-people, elected people from all political parties, and indeed all folks interested in bridging the urban-rural divide are welcome to attend!Available Housing for this event – On campus, you can purchase the total package deal, which is $325 for the full conference and two nights lodging on campus, and be sure to list suite mates below as well. Full registration cost without lodging is $235 and a one-day registration fee will be $125 (this includes 2 meals).

You may also purchase housing on campus separately for $45 per night.

There are also groups of rooms available at two hotels in the area –

Microtel Inn and Suites $96.90/night plus tax, book before June 20 at 518 362-7022

Holiday Inn $135/night plus tax, book before June 18 at 518 762-4686