by: Gillian Ford
Contributor: Ken Brown, Senior Pastor
We hosted a vibrant conversation at Our Way Forward on Saturday, May 11. Nearly sixty people attended and I must say it was as inclusive as I imagine Trinity in terms of race, ethnicity, theology, sexual orientation, gender, class and life experience.
Rev. Jim Gully did a thorough presentation of the outcomes from the Judicial Council meeting. Download the complete presentation PDF here. Below are his Summary Slides:
I also want you to note his conclusions about United Methodist “next step” gatherings from around the country:
At Trinity, we are making historic steps. First, the Our Way Forward conversation is the most successful, ongoing congregation-wide one we’ve ever had. Each gathering brings new and existing voices to the table. Our next step is to develop a statement of inclusivity. Dr. Jim Davis will help facilitate discussions with a team.
Dr. Jim Davis is convening this exercise. Once this team produces a statement, it will be shared in a variety of forums for the congregation to provide feedback. Once dates are solidified for these listening sessions in June, we will let you know. By the end of June, I anticipate we will have a statement of inclusion to consider for consensus or a vote.
I hope this summary is helpful and please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you want more clarity. I am here, and we’re in this season together!
Dr. Jim Davis Biography
Jim Davis is Professor and Dean Emeritus of the University of Denver, where he was professor of higher education and adult studies in the College of Education and dean of University College, DU’s adult education college, serving working adults with degrees, certificates, and non-credit programs, offered evening and online. Jim also served as director of faculty development and director of the School of Education. He is the author of eight academic books, including Learning to Lead, Interdisciplinary Courses and Team Teaching, Effective Training Strategies, and Seven Ways of Learning.
Jim was co-facilitator of the University of Denver’s “Vision, Values, and Goals” planning process and understands how to facilitate consensus and work with groups to generate statements of mission.
He earned his A.B. degree from Oberlin College, B.D. from Yale University Divinity School, and Ph. D. from Michigan State University. He served as a Congregational minister and as academic dean at historically-black Wilberforce University before earning his doctorate and beginning his career at the University of Denver. In retirement he is writing fiction, which has proven not only harder to write but more difficult to publish.
His wife Adelaide is originally from Brazil and is retired from a career in translation and interpretation while teaching Portuguese language. Together, they have been visiting Trinity over the past several Sundays and are having an enriching and meaningful experience.