You are invited. This is the text of the letter being sent to all on the Associates in Advocacy (AIA) mailing list. Take it as an invitation to you:
"To be an advocate, training sure helps!" Whoever made that comment at last year's annual AIA meeting, it led to developing a three day workshop this year.
From about noon on November 12 through noon of the 14th, the workshop will be held in the Chicago area. Key resource people for this training event are Rev. Scott Campbell, counsel for Revs. Tom Ogletree and Amy DeLong in their church trials; Dr. Larry Pickens, former member of the Judicial Council; and Dr. Phil Amerson, President of Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. With the assistance of members and these leaders, we hope to cover the following over the three days:
Tuesday afternoon - basics of advocacy and the resources available through the Church and through AIA
Tuesday evening - Church trials, their principles and their problems, Rev.Campbell leading
Wednesday morning - Alternatives to the standard complaint processes
Wednesday afternoon - The importance of advocacy and mutual support in an era of changing church dynamics, Dr. Amerson leading
Wednesday - Advocacy and the Judicial Council, Dr. Pickens leading
Thursday morning - Advocacy and General Conference
Registration is limited because the intent is for the sessions to be more seminars than lectures and we hope participants and leaders will have a lot of personal face time over meals and between sessions. Advocacy tends to have different problems in different situations so it is important to have chances for more detailed sharing with the those who have a lot of experience. AIA has a number of the most experienced advocates in the denomination who have found they help each other. So the workshop will foster such networking.
CEUs will be offered to those who are present for any combination of morning, afternoon, and evening sessions totalling ten hours.
1. If you need to stay overnight, call the Super 8 Motel O’Hare at 847 827 3133, tell them you are coming for the Associates in Advocacy meeting, and sign up for the nights you need. They provide rides to and from the motel to O’Hare. Ask about it.
2. Whether or not you need to stay overnight, such as being in for just a few hours on one of the days of the workshop, let me know when you will be there with us. - If you will be coming in your car, please let me know. We may have to drive to a restaurant for our meals and I want to be sure we have enough cars.
Breakfast is provided to motel guests by the motel. Other meals, including Tuesday and Thursday noons, can be taken at nearby places within walking distance. All meals are at each participant's expense. Prices can all be under $10 to $15 per meal.
Several of our folks will come in on Monday night. Many of us fly in Tuesday morning. I look forward to being with you. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you.
Bring your laptop.
Bring your laptop.
Sign up at the motel and then let me know you are coming. If you have an odd schedule which may have you coming late or leaving early, let me know.
Your friend (John 15:15),
Rev. Jerry Eckert, contact person,
Phone: 941 743 0518