"Celebrating All God's Children" at Interpreter Magazine

Earlier this year, Interpreter Magazine published "Celebrating All God's Children," a piece by Barbara Dunlap-Berg, highlighting some of trainings and other activities of the Ministry with the Poor priority focus of the United Methodist Church. The article featured a Ministry with the Poor training, "Crossing Boundaries," that was held at the Church for All People in Columbus, Ohio in May 2014, and profiled some of the Ministry with the Poor practitioners that participated in that training.

From the article:

"United Methodists from 16 conferences in 12 states gathered in May 2014 at the Church for All People in Columbus, Ohio, to participate in 'Crossing Boundaries: A Conference for the Poor and Those Who Work Alongside Them.' 'Crossing Boundaries' grew out of two roundtables with practitioners and conference staff hosted by Bishop Michael McKee in Dallas and Bishop Sally Dyck in Chicago. The goal was to strengthen and expand the network of practitioners engaged in ministry with the poor, learn from each other and identify additional Ministry with the Poor trainers and training sites."

One of the "Crossing Boundaries" trainers and participants, the Rev. Dr. Owen Ross, described his church, Christ's Foundry of Dallas, Texas, as a congregation "of the poor and for the poor."  As Ministry with the Poor aspires to reignite a Wesleyan movement of, by and with the poor and reclaim United Methodism as a church of, by and with the poor, Christ's Foundry is one of the ministries we lift up as embodying the spirit of Ministry WITH.

The Ministry with the Poor movement-building continues:  the next Regional Experiential Ministry with the Poor training will be held this weekend, October 24-26, at the Church for All People.





Nicholas Laccetti

Nicholas Laccetti is the Ministry with the Poor communicator, based out of the offices of the General Board for Global Ministries in New York City. He received his M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in 2015, where he studied the intersections between popular religion, theology, and social change.

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