Gammon has been honored in having Ed and Anne Wimberly represent us at the Colloquy Sponsored by General Board of Higher Education and Ministry along with the Association of United Methodist Theological Schools. The theme for the gathering was “MISSIO DEI AND THE UNITED STATES: Toward a Faithful United Methodist Witness.
Their theological presentation was entitled, “MISSIO DEI IN AN AGE OF YOUTH DISCONNECTION FROM CHURCH: A VISION FOR ECCLESIAL RESPONSE”. They insisted that the church’s fulfillment of God’s mission in the world is critical in this era of youth disconnection from organized religion. Further, they feel that teens must be recipients of the Missio Dei and be nurtured in ways that they become actors in this mission.
Dr. Anne Wimberly chaired one of the five (5) groups which heard and discussed the papers presented by faculty members from our thirteen (13) United Methodist Seminaries. She handled her assignment with great proficiency, filled with grace and dignity. She made Gammon very proud.
Dr. Edward Wimberly was the preacher at the closing Worship Service on Wednesday. It needs to be noted that they are the only United Methodist Professors at the Interdenominational Theological Center. Only United Methodists were invited to participate, as we seek to “Find A Way Forward”. In other words, they were all we had. This has to change.
There must be a concerted effort to secure more United Methodist Professors at I. T. C.
I was pleased to be an Observer at the “Gathering”, as a Member of AUMTS.