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Mission Encounter

2015 Mission Encounter

Mission Encounter will be held July 23-26, 2015 at VUMAC in Blackstone. When registration and course materials are available, they will be posted here.

Video Overview

Please consider showing the video below in your unit, your church, your district or to your neighbor. Let's not keep Mission Encounter a secret!!

Mission Encounter 2014

Summer 2014 Mission Encounter was held at Blackstone Conference and Retreat Center on the weekend July 25-27 and weekday session July 28-30.

The 3 areas of study were: Spiritual Growth: How is it with Your Soul?, The Church and People with Disabilities, The Roma People.


Registration Form(English) 2014

Registration Form (Korean) 2014




Choose from these

 Geographic Study: Roma of Europe
This study will introduce us to the Roma,with an emphasis on Eastern Europe. You
will explore their history, the ways they are treated in contemporary European culture, introduce their lifestyle and spirituality, and investigate ways the church and other organizations are working alongside them.
Study Leader: Linda Carty

Spiritual Growth Study: How Is It With Your Soul?
This study is framed within four verbs, “pray”, “learn”, “mentor”, and “trans-form”.  This study will give an overview of the setting for this question– “How Is It With Your Soul? –in Methodist class and band meetings, and moves from the individual to the church to the world. Study Leaders:  Rev. Richard Geoghegan, Rev. Judy Fender, and Darlene Runaldue.
Issue Study: The Church and People with Disabilities

This study will focus on Awareness, Accessibility and Advocacy.   Provides for hands on experience completing an accessibility audit and engaging in multi-sensory worship and education. Study Leaders: Rev. Elizabeth von Trapp Walker, Rev. Jo Ellen Hetherington and Brenda Connelly. Korean Class Study Leaders: Rev. Jinwook Oh, Kyoungee Malawi

Children’s Study: Making a New Picture: Welcoming Persons with Disabilities Into Our Lives.  
Study Leader: Mrs. Phyllis Geoghegan

Shop the World 2014

TenThousand Villages will be with us this year. Come and shop, help a life.


Seven days of photos from 2012 plus a few videos can be found on our facebook page: Virginia United Methodist Women. You will want to see them!

Resources from 2012

Wayne Rhodes, Director of Communications at GBCS shares his: Bible poverty passages and PowerPoint. He also shared these useful links:  General Board of Church and Society  , Ministry with the Poor  and Milliennium Development Goals .

Those who heard Holly Coy and would like to contact the website of Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, here is a direct link: 

Song Video

Enjoy this song in Korean sung beautifully. Recorded by Sue Trivett at Mission Encounter 2012.