Thursday, March 17, 2022

New Expressions of Church

Sent Zoom Conference 2022

The conference will be bilingual with presentations and simultaneous interpretation in both English and Spanish.

La conferencia será bilingüe con presentaciones e interpretación simultánea tanto en inglés como en español.

Many things have changed in the last two years. The one-day 2022 Sent Zoom Conference will focus on how these changes have helped to bring about "New Expressions of Church." This will be a day of coming together in a virtual format to explore how today's context has driven new life and ways of being into our Anabaptist bodies of faith. Join us for learning and inspiration!

Date: April 23

Time: 2–4 p.m. ET

Location: Zoom

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Leonard M. Dow is Vice President of Community and Church Development for Everence® – leading the effort to serve emerging diverse communities and churches that historically have been underserved.

Leonard also leads the Everence team in Philadelphia. He is a member of the Everence Senior Leadership Team, as well as President of Everence Community Investments, LLC.

Leonard joined Everence in April 2017 after nearly 20 years as pastor of Oxford Circle Mennonite Church in Philadelphia.

He was a founder of Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association, which launched many programs to benefit children, adults and local businesses. Leonard also worked in the retail banking field for 12 years.

He serves on the board of directors for The City School, Missio Seminary, The Brooklyn Peace Center and The Common Place.

Leonard earned a bachelor's degree from Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and was recognized with EMU's Distinguished Service Award for 2017. Leonard lives in Northwest Philadelphia with his wife, Rosalie, and three adult children.

Suzy Brugger Kanode lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her husband, son and daughter. She is lead elder of her Anabaptist church, Mosaic of Grace, and a client advocate at a pregnancy help center. In her spare time she enjoys giving and receiving spiritual direction and flower gardening.

Presentation title: Can you imagine heaven on earth?

Theme: Mosaic of Grace Church was birthed with a vision of becoming a little taste of heaven on earth as envisioned in Revelation 7:9 "After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb." We long to grow into a multicultural expression of church within a multicultural city, Harrisonburg, Virginia. We are learning as we go and as we wait on the Lord. As we also seek to be a multiplying church, this may come to pass in subsequent plants, only God knows!

Melody M. Pannell is a native of Harlem, New York City, where her calling developed concerning addressing social disparities and health inequities within the black community. Pannell was called to minister to the needs of teenage girls in Harlem at the age of 19 years old, starting the Seventh Avenue Mennonite Church Girl’s Group. Pannell holds a Bachelors in Social Work from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, a Masters in Social Work from Fordham University in New York City and a Masters of Divinity and Masters in Christian Education from The Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia. Pannell also holds a Graduate Certificate in Restorative Justice from The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at EMU. Pannell is also the Founder and CEO of Destiny’s Daughters Inc., a Therapeutic Spiritual Mentoring Program dedicated to the personal transformation, holistic development and self — empowerment of young women and girls and Embodied Equity Leadership Institute LLC. Recently, Melody was ocially initiated as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Charlottesville Alumnae Chapter and was accepted into the Inaugural Womanist Preaching Doctorate in Ministry Program at Memphis Theological Seminary. Pannell was recently appointed as the inaugural Director of Diversity and Community Engagement at UVA Health in Charlottesville, Virginia. In her previous positions, Melody M. Pannell served as Assistant Professor of Social Work in the Department of Applied Social Sciences, Chairperson for the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Vice — President of the Faculty Senate and Director of Multicultural Services at Eastern Mennonite University. Pannell also serves on the leadership of the Coming to the Table Charlottesville Local Aliate and as the Board Chair of Anabaptist World Inc. Pannell is a graduate of the RISE Together Mentoring Network for Women sponsored by Union Theological Seminary and is a contributing author to their newly published devotional book, Sacred Sistering: A Devotional For Women of Color in Ministry. It is her life’s mission to develop inclusive communities, build the capacity for resilience and embody social justice through the values and ethics of womanist theology and encourage those that she serves to engage in a transformative journey of racial reconciliation, holistic healing and human flourishing.

"The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor." Isaiah 61: 1-3

Presentation title: Transforming Self and Society: Cultivating a Sacred Space for Prophetic Imagination, Truth-Telling, Restorative Healing and Holistic Flourishing 

Theme: A a new church planter, I envision utilizing my gifts, calling, lived experience and interests in anthropology, sociology, psychology and theology to create the mission for a new church plant that cultivates the healing power of Jesus Christ and is based in a multidisciplinary foundation that focuses on personal and community transformation, spiritual formation and liberation. The emergence of "Radical Anabaptist Womanism" and Womanist Radical Hope and Resilience will be centered as a hermeneutical lens and theological perspective that embodies peacebuilding and transformative justice. This church plant will invite people to embark on a healing salvific journey of authentic Christ - like living and inclusive cross cultural and cross - generational community engagement.



April 23, 2–4 p.m. ET




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