2020 Beach Retreat
Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, 100 Heron Boulevard, Cambridge, MD 21613
This year’s beach retreat was a huge success!
With thanks to The Rev. Tom Davis, we have photos and video to share the experience.
- Embracing the newly Vision 2020 theme song with lyrics by our own Rev. Dr. Tracy Keenan via video and full lyrics for your use.
- Rev. Jimmie Hawkins Sermon on Mathew 25:31-40
- Immigration Advocate Panel Presentation
- Telling our Faith Stories Workshop (Nancy Carol Willis, New Covenant PC, Middletown, DE)
Our Plenary Leader
The Rev. Jimmie R. Hawkins is the Director of PCUSA’s Office of Public Witness in Washington, D.C. We look forward to his plenary presentation and discussion around our theme “Jesus, when did we see you?”.
FEEDING THE HUNGRY: From Charity to Justice – Katherine Pringle (Bread for the World)
What does a world without hunger look like? It looks like everyone having the nutritious meals they need to flourish. Churches and charities are an important part of the solution locally, but ending hunger requires more than just giving people a meal today. Only one in ten bags of food assistance comes from a charitable organization! How can we address the root causes of hunger so that we ensure food and economic security for people in the U.S. and around the world? In this workshop, we’ll look at ways that we can end the brokenness of hunger and poverty in our communities, in our country, and around the world. We will also discuss the role that advocacy can play in the Church’s mission in our world.
LET JUSTICE ROLL DOWN: Dismantling Structural Racism – Rev. Jimmie Hawkins (PCUSA Office of Public Witness)
While not explicitly mentioned in Matthew 25, the racism that has been a part of our national history since before we were even a nation is a significant factor in economic injustice, which is implicit in the mandate to feed the hungry, house the homeless, and clothe the naked. Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, the Director of the Office of Public Witness of the PC(USA) will lead this workshop to help us understand the roots of racism and its insidious tentacles wrapping themselves around many of society’s practices and assumptions. Awareness is a critical part of our understanding our collective participation in systemic sin, and a necessary part of righting societal wrongs. How can faithful Christians of all races work together for liberty and justice for all?
LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE: Telling your Faith Stories – Nancy Carol Willis (New Covenant Presbyterian Church)
One facet of the Matthew 25 Initiative is the revitalization of congregations in their missional outreach. And one area where Presbyterians often falter is in the area of sharing our faith. Nancy Carol Willis leads this workshop on helping us to think through and articulate our faith experience in ways that are authentic and inviting. This is a great opportunity to become better equipped to share how Jesus has shaped who we are.
WELCOMING THE STRANGER: The Bible and Immigration – Amanda Craft (PCUSA Global Mission)
Using scripture as the starting point for understanding the biblical mandate to welcome the stranger, Amanda Craft will lead this workshop on immigration issues. How does our theology and our understanding of scripture shape our response to the issues of our day? What can faithful followers of Jesus do locally as well as nationally?
View workshop leader bios here.