Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Ruby Payne will lead free seminar on poverty


Spend “A Day with Ruby Payne” March 15 to gain insight and develop practical steps for your church’s ministry with the poor.
Moore-First United Methodist Church will host the free seminar led by Dr. Payne herself, widely known for her work on the culture of poverty and its relationship in education.
She co-authored “What Every Church Member Should Know About Poverty,” and the book was featured in a fall United Methodist workshop that drew 130 participants to Oklahoma City.  
Those who attended were asked what they learned. Among their responses:

  •  “Understanding our churches’ hidden rules and creating an environment for those who come in to be comfortable”
  •  “Help create empathy and understand that we do have resources to share”
  •  “Realizing how the church appears to the unchurched”
  •  “I was expecting only information on the poor, but thought it helpful to compare characteristics of poor with middle class and wealthy.”
The March seminar is open to all, explained Derrek Belase, director of Discipleship for the Oklahoma Conference. Attendance at the earlier event is not a pre-requisite. Walk-ins are welcome. Continuing education credit is offered.
“A Day with Ruby Payne” will cover these topics: the hidden rules of middle class, language patterns and cognition, violence and conflict resolution, family and relationship building, and church action plans.
Participants will discuss how to invite poverty groups as members and will explore the issues surrounding the transition and integration of these groups into the church family.
The seminar begins with registration at 9:30 a.m. and program is 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., with a 1½-hour break for lunch off-site.
To sign up, go to bit.ly/2CVIacZ.
Sponsors are the Conference’s Discipleship and Mission & Service Ministry Teams and the Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation.

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