Serving the Marginalized with the Rev. Dr. Carolyn Helsel

The violence in our world is on the rise, fear is rampant, the gap between the haves and the have not’s is widening. Without a doubt it behooves us as followers of Jesus Christ and the Church to become more proactive in issues of social justice and to address the plight of the marginalized in our society, sharing the hope found in the Gospel. You are invited to an event, “Serving the Marginalized”, at theDoubletree in Tempe, AZ. The guest Presenter will be the Rev. Dr. Carolyn Helsel, an assistant professor of homiletics at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Dr. Helsel earned her PhD from Emory University where her research project focused on how white preachers can preach about race in predominantly white congregations which emerged from here ministry experiences on the US-Mexico border in Yuma, AZ; San Antonio, Texas; and, Boston, Massachusetts.

Friday, November 4, 2016, flights will get in around 11:00 AM(Robin will make airline reservations)

  • Noon with lunch
  • 1-4:00 p.m. opening prayer and plenary presentation
  • 4-5:00 p.m. break
  • 5:00 p.m. dinner
  • 6:00 p.m. Worship with Communion
  • 7:00 p.m. informal discussions

Saturday, November 5, 2016

  • 8:00 a.m. breakfast
  • 9:00 –  opening prayer, plenary presentation and related breakout sessions
  • Noon – 1:00 p.m. lunch
  • 1-4:00 p.m. plenary presentation and related breakout sessions
  • 4-4:45 p.m. closing prayer and early dinner
  • 5:00 p.m. participants leave for the airport or drive home (Robin will make reservations)

The Executive Committee of the Synod of the Southwest feels so strongly that this is a necessary and urgent conversation to have that we will completely cover all but a nominal fee of $100 per person which will include lodging, food and transportation. Those desiring single lodging accommodations will be charged $125, commuters will be charged $50.

Participants will be welcomed to attend on a first-come, first-served basis, until we reach the 75-person limitation. You are invited to register on the Synod website,


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