February 27-29, Belmont UMC will host Connection 2020, a national gathering sponsored by the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN). Approximately 200 people from United Methodist churches across the country will attend to mobilize individuals who want to reform and rebuild the UMC, train reconciling churches and communities to affirm LGBTQ people, and to strategize for the upcoming General Conference. In addition to worship led by Bishop Karen Oliveto, noted musician Mark Miller and others, sessions will focus on the Protocol Plan and related legislation, the U.S. as a regional conference, and the 21st century UMC.

During this weekend, Belmont will be the center of the progressive movement to make the UMC more inclusive. Registration for the full three days, including breakfasts and lunches, is only $140. You can find more information and register online at rmnetwork.org/connection2020. If you are unable to attend, you can support this cause by making a donation to Belmonters for Inclusion to help cover the costs of hospitality kits for attendees.

Connection 2020 is a rare opportunity for Belmont to play a significant role in shaping the future of denomination. It’s our chance to witness to the UMC and provide exceptional hospitality to visitors from across the church. Your presence, support, and prayers are needed.

Want to volunteer?

There are several areas where volunteers will be needed on-site during the event: Health/safety, registration, security, snack bar, and ushers.

If you are interested in staffing one of these areas, click here and indicate the days you would be available, whether or not you plan to participate in programming outside of your volunteering shift, and priority in which you would prefer to serve no later than Friday, February 5. A leader in one of these areas will reach out to you directly in the following weeks with more information.

In addition, Reconciling Ministries Network will be providing an event t-shirt for event volunteers. Please indicate your t-shirt size on the form as well. It will be important to wear this t-shirt at all times wile in your volunteer role.

Additionally, those who commit to serve as volunteers and wish to participate in the event programming will receive a link for a 50% reduction in the registration fee if they plan to participate in the programming.