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Boundless Impact was thrilled to facilitate our first conference-wide InnovateUMC team to focus on Lay Servant Ministries, and the launch of the new Certified Lay Minister program. With a mantra of "Open the Door", our diverse team of 15 members met over 6 months to design and implement experiments in how potential lay leaders Discover, Develop and Deploy within the various Lay Servant Ministries pathways of the United Methodist Church. Successful experiments include: update and redesign of website, promotional video (below) in English and Spanish, brochures and Frequently Asked Questions for clarity, on-line and in-person Certified Lay Minister training, and a new database for tracking and deploying lay leaders and eliminating paperwork. Our team also addressed governance, communications and sustainability of Lay Servant Ministries, and many of our recommendations are already being implemented. Our work culminated in presentations at Annual Conference in Lake Junaluska in June 2018 to over 1,500 attendees.
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Recently, the Yadkin Valley InnovateUMC team hosted it's first TRUTH Café - True Relationship Uniting Transformed Hearts - between Centenary UMC and St. Paul UMC, both in Winston-Salem. The idea for a TRUTH Café came from the vision to bring together churches of different ethnicities that seek to break down racial and other barriers to further their common missions. The TRUTH Café model serves as a platform for crucial conversations that speak truth to power and privilege around racism, bias and demographic differences. In addition, the program gives churches the opportunity to develop action items between congregations for moving forward to be catalysts for reconciliation and justice in their churches and the communities they serve.
Participants in the first TRUTH Café expressed hope that through these programs, the "church may be an instrument for breaking down the walls of racism". With the support of the Western NC Conference Justice and Reconciliation Team and The Duke Endowment, Boundless Impact will partner with districts to host TRUTH Cafés throughout western North Carolina in the coming year.
Boundless Impact is pleased to introduce two new board members joining us effective January 1, 2018. Dr. Sudhakar Puvvada is Vice President of the Global Denim Innovation Center at VF Corporation in Greensboro, NC. He is passionate about innovation and is known to drive top and bottom line growth through consumer desired innovations based on deep consumer insights. Prior to joining VF, Sudhakar has served in multiple roles spanning the innovation continuum of upstream research to “go to market” in numerous product categories, top-tier companies such a Unilever & Ashland specialty ingredients, and in multiple geographies including India, Europe & the US. Sudhakar has a PhD in Surface Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has published over 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He holds more than 20 patents.
We have some exciting things happening this new year, Rev. Michael Bailey will be joining us as the second of our newest board members. Rev. Bailey was appointed in July 2017 as District Superintendent in the Yadkin Valley District (Forsyth County region) of the United Methodist Church. Bailey previously served as the pastor of Christ United Methodist Church in Greensboro, where he served since 2012. Prior to that he served at Mount Zion UMC in Cornelius for ten years, and four years as the pastor of the American Protestant Church of The Hague, Netherlands from 1998-2002. He has served appointments in this conference since 1993. Bailey transferred to the Western North Carolina Conference in 1995 from the Memphis Conference where he began his ministry. He is a graduate of Lambuth University (B.A., 1978) and Pacific School of Religion (M.Div., 1984). He and his wife Lauralee have four adult children spread from NC to California and three grandchildren.
in addition, the Boundless Impact Board elected new officers for 2018. Sue Simmons will serve as board chair, Felix Muriithi as vice chair, and Olga Cheek as secretary/treasurer.
Boundless Impact recently selected the J. Fred Young Family to receive the 2017 John A. (Pete) Eberhart Ray of Light Award for their innovative work in international education and their profound impact on students, educators and communities throughout North Carolina. The award recognizes individuals who exemplify Boundless Impact’s vision of building thriving communities that are intentionally diverse, inclusive and equitable.
The Ray of Light award was presented to the J. Fred Young family at the 30th Anniversary Celebration Gala for Participate (formerly VIF International Education) on December 16 at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, N.C. At the event, the Young family members - including parents Fred and Phyllis, and three children Alan, David, and Jane - received the award from Pete Eberhart, award namesake and founding board member of Boundless Impact, as well as retired Superintendent of Greensboro City Schools.
“During his 25 years as President of Elon University, Fred Young’s visionary leadership instituted global engagement programs that today have Elon consistently ranked at the top of US colleges in percentage of students who study abroad”, said Cindy Thompson, Executive Director of Boundless Impact. “As founders of Visiting International Faculty (VIF) Program, the Young family has helped North Carolina become a leading state in international education, as champions of teacher exchange programs, global curriculum development, language immersion instruction and educator professional development.”