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FUMC panel discussion to promote community building

By Rev. Mark Conforti

“What’s the Difference,” a panel discussion on diversity, will contribute to Salisbury’s growing effort for people to connect in the community.

The event will happen at First United Methodist Church of Salisbury on Sunday, March 19, at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary. All people are welcome, and the event is free.

Rev. Kevin Wright, one of the pastors at The Riverside Church in New York City, will moderate the event. “What’s the Difference” will welcome to the panel Catawba College’s Dr. Maria Vandergriff-Avery, Hood Seminary’s Rev. Dr. Ken Walden, and community leader Mrs. Betty Jo Hardy.

Rev. Dr. Mark Conforti, the church’s Senior Pastor, says, “At the heart of every social matter is the question, ‘How do I live in community with people who are different than me?’” To do this faithfully, says Conforti, people need to understand themselves, be committed to listening to other people’s stories, and remain committed to forging relationships.

“What’s the Difference” aims to provide the biblical, theological, and intellectual tools needed for people to communicate lovingly.

Located at 217 South Church St. in downtown Salisbury, First United Methodist Church’s mission is to make and nurture Christian disciples through the presence and power of God.   The church has been a source of strength and compassion for the community since 1783. To learn more, visit www.fumcsalisbury.org, or call 704-636-3121.


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