Turn Aside and See: One Event, Five Locations


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I've been part of the planning for and will be a presenter (in Indianapolis) of an event GBOD is offering in five different places across the US all on the same day-- March 8. It's called "Turn Aside and See." It's a whole day to consider our calling and sending in light of the Exodus story of God's calling and sending of Moses. Though it's not being tagged with a specifically "emerging" or "missional" title-- in point of fact-- that's exactly what it is.

So-- if this is of interest to you, by all means come-- and even if not, but you think it might be of interest to helpful to others you know-- by all means tell them!

Peace in Christ,

Taylor Burton-Edwards



An event sponsored by The General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church

that will invite and help participants to hear God’s call, through a one-day study and discussion

of Exodus 3 & 4.


Saturday, March 8, 2008

9:00 AM – 3:30 PM (Gathering at 8:30 AM)


The event will be offered simultaneously in five different locations:

- Western USA First UMC, Tempe, AZ

- North Central USA St. Luke UMC, Indianapolis, IN

- Northeastern USA Tindley Temple UMC, Philadelphia, PA

- Southeastern USA Brentwood UMC, Brentwood, TN (near Nashville)

- South Central USA St. Luke’s Community UMC, Dallas, TX


- pastors and church staff

- laity

- individuals or teams from churches

- anyone may attend


FREE, including copy of Bible study and lunch


Participants in this day-long event will have experienced a deep scripture study and reflection to help them:

1) Identify God’s call through scripture.

2) Note excuses that hold the congregation back from answering God’s call.

3) Identify ways to answer God’s call despite current reality and excuses.

4) Receive materials to lead a study in your own congregation.

5) Receive an introduction to other opportunities for training local church leaders.


Travel and lodging, if needed, will be at the expense of participants. We will provide information on area hotels.


- An event website with complete information will be available soon.

- With immediate questions, contact Mary McDonald, at GBOD Congregational Leaders Team,

email address mmcdonald@gbod.org , toll-free telephone number 877-899-2780, ext. 1760.

Please pass this message on to others who may be interested.