Deaconess Jeanne Roe Smith,Campus Minister/Executive Director Wesley Foundation Serving UCLA has been selected to participate in The Collegiate Ministry office of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry in an international scholarly dialogue on collegiate and campus ministry in The United Methodist Church. The theme for the dialogue is: “Displaced Persons: Theological Reflection on Immigration, Refugees, and Marginalization.” Within that theme, there are four areas of focus: (1) war, poverty, or famine and displacement; (2) immigration and international migration; (3) marginalized communities; and (4) spiritual and personal displacement.
The goal of this dialogue is to create for campus and collegiate ministries and the church a resource that addresses theological concerns on college and university campuses and in the lives of college and university students.
The paper proposal entitled “Breaking Bread, Building Relationships: Living the Sacrament to Create the Beloved Community” the intersection of our United Methodist theological understanding of hospitality as expressed in sacramental living (blessed, broken, shared, sent) serving the specific needs of displaced students to experience, engage and grow in faith and spiritual well being.
The conference will include 12-15 participants with intentional efforts to secure participation from the global United Methodist connection. We will spend the mornings of each day in conversation around each other’s work, with the afternoons reserved for your own scholarly research at one of university’s libraries or in a space of your own choosing.
The goal is to produce a book of scholarly work written by collegiate ministry practitioners and those working on a college or university campus for the benefit of those seeking to better understand, from a theological perspective, the global work of collegiate ministry in the UMC.