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Through the generosity of The Duke Endowment, Boundless Impact is partnering with three districts from the Western NC Conference to host TRUTH Cafes. TRUTH Cafes bring churches of different ethnicities together to learn about social identity, systemic racism and privilege, share personal stories and perspectives about race, and commit to unified action to be catalysts for racial equity in our communities. This fall, we have hosted six TRUTH Cafes in communities across western North Carolina, with many more planned in 2019. We are grateful to SFW Agency in Greensboro, NC for selecting the TRUTH Cafe as a project during their 2018 Create-a-thon - we love our new logo and branding for this vital program for our faith communities!
Executive Director, Cindy Thompson, was selected to receive a 2018 Reflective Leadership Grant from Leadership Education at Duke Divinity. These grants of up to $15,000 support an opportunity for structured reflection for leaders of organizations that are advancing their mission in the midst of today's rapidly changing context. For Boundless Impact, the grant will be used to cast a vision for the next phase and expansion of InnovateUMC, an inclusive innovation initiative in partnership with the United Methodist Church.
“The Reflective Leadership Grant at Leadership Education at Duke Divinity recognizes and supports the faithful and innovative work of lay and ordained Christian leaders who find themselves at a pivotal moment in their ministry. Using Harvard professor Ron Heifetz’s language, we want to help leaders experience ‘balcony time,’ which allows them to move from the dance floor to the balcony to gain a broader picture of the work, organization, community and trends,” said Victoria White, Leadership Education’s managing director of grants. “We want to encourage grantees to continue to develop their leadership capacities in ways specific to their work and context. For some, this might look like attending interdisciplinary conferences, and for others it might look like observing similar work in different settings. We are excited about the interest in this grant program from both traditional and non-traditional Christian leaders and we look forward to learning alongside them and their communities.”
For more information, follow this link to the announcement.
With 3 years, 6 teams and over 200 people impacted by our InnovateUMC initiative, Boundless Impact created a video to recap our progress. We partnered with Sunshine Media Network to produce the video, which will be shared with funders, participants and other interested stakeholders - check it out!
Boundless Impact was thrilled to facilitate our first conference-wide InnovateUMC team to focus on Lay Servant Ministries, and the launch of the new Certified Lay Minister program. With a mantra of "Open the Door", our diverse team of 15 members met over 6 months to design and implement experiments in how potential lay leaders Discover, Develop and Deploy within the various Lay Servant Ministries pathways of the United Methodist Church. Successful experiments include: update and redesign of website, promotional video (below) in English and Spanish, brochures and Frequently Asked Questions for clarity, on-line and in-person Certified Lay Minister training, and a new database for tracking and deploying lay leaders and eliminating paperwork. Our team also addressed governance, communications and sustainability of Lay Servant Ministries, and many of our recommendations are already being implemented. Our work culminated in presentations at Annual Conference in Lake Junaluska in June 2018 to over 1,500 attendees.
Open the Door