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East District Day of Learning

February 16, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 2:30 pm MST

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Disciple Making

“Go, make disciples!” These are words we find in the gospel of Matthew, but how do we make disciples in this day and age?  You are invited to an exciting journey as we engage in learning about what it might look like to make disciples today, beginning with our own journey of transformation.

Brian McLaren – Keynote Speaker
We Make the Road by Walking

The title comes from one of Brian’s heroes, Brazilian educator/activist Paulo Freire. He used this title for a published dialogue between Freire and another seminal educator/activist, Myles Horton, who was an important figure in the Civil Rights Movement in the US. Freire may have derived the quote from the great Spanish poet Antonio Machado:

 “Caminante, son tus huellas el camino, y nada más; caminante, no hay camino, se hace camino al andar. Al andar se hace camino, y al volver la vista atrás se ve la senda que nunca se ha de volver a pisar. Caminante, no hay camino, sino estelas en la mar.”

“Wanderer, your footsteps are the road, and nothing more; wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking. By walking one makes the road, and upon glancing behind one sees the path that never will be trod again. Wanderer, there is no road– Only wakes upon the sea.” ― Antonio Machado, Campos de Castilla

The title suggests that Christian faith is still “in the making” (as Dr. John Cobb has put it). It continues to grow, evolve, learn, change, emerge, and mature … in and through us. What we will be as Christians in the 21st century, for better or worse, will surely change what Christian faith will be in the 22nd century and beyond.


$15.00 on/before February 1, $20.00 after February 1 – Lunch will be provided to all in attendance and is included in your registration fee. You must register for this event. Childcare is available for registered children 4 years and younger. Call Carla Whitmire, 602-798-8236, by February 1 to register children for childcare.

Workshops Options (Select two) – Click Here for a flyer with detailed descriptions of the workshops.

  • We Make the Road by Walking – Brian McLaren
  • Meeting Your Neighbors Next Door and In the Community – Rev. Dan Morley
  • Creating and Maintaining Communities of Faith for the 21st Century: Learnings from The Orontes Project – Rev. Rob Rynders & Rev. Dave Wasson
  • Discipling Systems – Rev. Dave McPherson
  • Courageous Conversations – Rev. Beth Rambikur
  • Not My War – Rev. Tina Marie Rees


8:30 AM – 9:00 AM            Check In
9:00 AM – 9:15 AM             Welcome
9:15 AM – 10:15 AM             Keynote Address
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM          Break
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM         Workshop 1
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM           Lunch & Mission Fair
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM            Workshop 2


February 16, 2019
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Carla Whitmire – East


First UMC – Mesa
15 E 1st Ave
Mesa, AZ 85210 United States
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(480) 969-5577

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