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2021 Fall Convocation Reimagined [SERIES]


October 11
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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This gathering for rostered ministers and congregational staff people of the NC Synod is an annual highlight.

[Monday, September 6] Pastor Judy Lewis Drysdale, chair of the Fall Convo Planning Team shares, “Last year when we had to cancel Convo because of COVID, I thought to myself how glad I was that ‘we can have it next year.’ Well, it is next year. Our Team worked hard to make this time apart restful, informative, and fulfilling. Then COVID numbers went up significantly. I could not bear to cancel again, so we have reimagined how we could safely gather. I hope you will be able to join us for a time of respite!

Monday, October 11, we will have a Zoom Happy Half-Hour, hosted by Pastor Daniel Pugh, beginning at 6:30 p.m.—bring your favorite drink and visit with colleagues around the synod.

Monday, October 11,  at 7 p.m., we will get to know keynoter, Shane Claiborne, interviewed by Pastor Daniel.

Tuesday, October 12, we will have a Zoom Happy Half-Hour, hosted by Pastor Daniel Pugh, beginning at 6:30 p.m.—bring your favorite drink and visit with colleagues around the synod.

Tuesday, October 12, at 7 p.m., Shane will speak about preaching to the polarized followed by time for a Q & A.




The Fall Convo Team is delighted to announce that Shane Claiborne will be our Keynote Speaker. It is our deepest desire that we will be meeting in person. Our working theme that Shane will be addressing is All Life is Hope.

Shane Claiborne is a prominent speaker, activist, and best-selling author. Shane worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta and founded The Simple Way in Philadelphia. Shane is a champion for grace which has led him to jail advocating for the homeless, and to places like Iraq and Afghanistan to stand against war. Now grace fuels his passion to end the death penalty and help stop gun violence.

Shane’s books include Jesus for President, Red Letter Revolution, Common Prayer, Follow Me to Freedom, Jesus, Bombs and Ice Cream, Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers, Executing Grace, his classic The Irresistible Revolution, and his newest book, Beating Guns. He has been featured in a number of films including “Another World Is Possible” and “Ordinary Radicals.” His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Shane speaks over one hundred times a year, nationally and internationally. His work has appeared in Esquire, SPIN, Christianity Today, TIME, and The Wall Street Journal, and he has been on everything from Fox News and Al Jazeera to CNN and NPR. He’s given academic lectures at Harvard, Princeton, Liberty, Duke, and Notre Dame. Shane speaks regularly at denominational gatherings, festivals, and conferences around the globe.


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