Ruth Hoffman, Director of Lutheran Advocacy Ministry and Chair of the NMCC Board of Directors
Carolyn Good, representative from Church Women United
The Reverend Kay Huggins, Interim Executive Director, NMCC
The Reverend Charlotte Hoppe, Lead Minister for Mission West, Tres Rios Areas Disciples of Christ Church
Bishop Michael L. Vono, Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande,
The Reverend Alan Bash, Deputy for the Southwest Conference of the United Church of Christ
The Reverend Rob Craig, Deputy for the Presbytery of Santa Fe, PCUSA
Archbishop John C. Wester, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Bishop Jim Gonia, Rocky Mountain Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Povost Randall Partin, Deputy for the New Mexico Conference of the United Methodist Church
The Reverend John Williams, President, Rio Grande Mission Center, Community of Christ
Monsignor Bennet J. Voorhies, Deputy for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Our leaders know the importance and the challenge of ecumenical engagement; that is why they set aside days for sharing their Christian faith, for the mutual encouragement as denominational leaders, and for setting directions for the common work of the New Mexico Conference of Churches.
We appreciate the words of counsel from our leaders; the Board of Directors, composed of Deputies and at-large members, works with the NMCC staff to give life and spirit through programs of connection, advocacy, education, service, and collaboration around New Mexico.
· Communicate: read and share our newsletters; like and share events posted on Facebook; contribute your ideas and programs to email@example.com.
· Speak up: let us know how ecumenical and interfaith work happens in your local setting; we know there is significant collaboration throughout the state…but we might not know your perspective.
· Show up: the wealth of programs, workshops, services and gatherings are extensive; make a commitment to participate in one ecumenical or interfaith event every month!
· Volunteer: let us know your interests and skills; we will connect you to an appropriate network, congregation, agency or ministry partner.
This gathering will include an orientation to the lives and issues of American Indian, Alaska Native peoples in the United States and in our region. Workshops and activities to better understand the work of new initiatives and meaningful dialogue to shape emerging ministries.
Along with the personal benefits of new understanding you will gain from this experience, we value your contributions as the work of outreach moves forward. Relationships and identifying shared ministry are essential in addressing the work of this potential outreach. This gathering is the first, of opportunities to transform how the ELCA and our partner denominations participate in ministry with and among our indigenous brothers and sisters in Christ.