The Rev. Doug Walker, National Coordinator for Criminal Justice Reform with the United Methodist Church General Board of Church and Society, will be in Montana the first week of November. He will be leading introductory gatherings to introduce the Healing Communities framework for ministry with people impacted by the criminal justice system and offering training in two communities. Healing Communities challenges congregations and organizations to become Stations of Hope by mobilizing existing resources. It identifies the formal and informal networks characteristic of community life, based on the ideas of forgiving, healing, redemption and reconciliation.
Meet others with an interest in this ministry and learn about Healing Communities Partnership–what it is and how it can benefit your community—at the introductory meeting. Or attend a training with a team from your church or organization to plan and initiate your own ministry.
For information about the meetings and training, contact Pastor Melanie Martin-Dent, 406-560-6371. For directions to the church and local details, contact the people listed below.
Schedule for Introductory Meetings:
Kalispell: Tuesday, November 3rd, Noon
Epworth United Methodist Church, 329 2nd Ave. E. in Kalispell, 406.257.6849
Bring your lunch! Contact person: Rev. Steve Mermes
Bozeman: Wednesday, November 4th, Noon
Hope Lutheran Church, 2152 W Graf Street, 406.586.5572. Bring your lunch!
Contact person: Pastor Stephen Schmidt
Billings: Wednesday, November 4th,7:00 pm
Evangelical United Methodist Church, 345 Broadwater, 406.259.1897
Contact person: Wendy Ochs
Great Falls: Saturday, November 7th, 10:00 am
First United Methodist Church, 610 2nd Ave N, Great Falls, 406.453.3114
Contact person: Rev. Nancy Slabaugh Hart.
Helena: Saturday, November 7th, 3:30 PM, Room 208 upstairs in Susanne’s Place,
St. Pauls United Methodist Church, 512 Logan St., 406.442.5643
Contact person: Rev. Tyler Amundson