Saturday March 28 1-5 pm

at Christ Church, Bethel Park

Join us for inspiring worship, relevant messages, and energizing conversations, as we envision a fully inclusive and theologically diverse United Methodist Church!

Have you ever seen a picture of Jesus with his arms folded shut? Typically Jesus is depicted with his arms wide open. What would it look like to be a part of a church that has her arms wide open?

Keynote Speaker



General Secretary/CEO, Discipleship Ministries

A nationally recognized leader, speaker, and author on evangelism and church revitalization, the Rev. Junius B. Dotson is the General Secretary (chief executive officer) of Discipleship Ministries, an international agency of The United Methodist Church with a staff of 135. 

Dotson launched “See All The People”, the highly successful church-wide initiative that helps church leaders concentrate on intentional discipleship, while learning new behaviors around engaging their surrounding community.

Rev. Dotson is the author of Developing an Intentional Discipleship System: A Guide for Congregations, and Engaging Your Community: A Guide to Seeing All the People. Both resources help congregations look beyond their walls, acknowledging that God calls us to have “meaningful relationships in authentic, organic and consistent ways.”

As a leader who responds to challenges and opportunities in new and creative ways, Rev. Dotson believes that effective ministry is about training, developing, and empowering leaders to establish ministries that address the needs of the whole person – body, mind, and spirit.


Mitchell R. Hortert, MSW


"LGBTQIA+ Safe Spaces"

Community leader, advocate, educator. Past President of PFLAG Pittsburgh. Co-Convener of WPA Reconciling Ministries

Dr. Jane Ellen Nickell


"UMC History: Race, Gender & Sexuality"

Chaplain and Associate Dean at Allegheny College and teaches in the Department of Religious Studies

Dr. Steven Tuell


"Inclusive Biblical Interpretation"

James A. Kelso Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Sarah Gallagher & Sarah Speedy


"Hear Us: Young Adult Perspective"

Sarah Gallagher studies Art Therapy at Marywood University. Sarah Speedy is in a gap year and will begin studying Technical Theater in the Fall.

Rev. Dawn M. Hand & Rev. Eric S. Park


  "General Conference Possibilities & Local Church Responses"

Rev. Dawn M. Hand is the Pittsburgh District Superintendent & Rev. Dr. Eric Park is the Butler District Superintendent

Childcare & Current Kids

The Current has programs for all ages!

Childcare will be provided for newborn to pre-k in the Christ Church nursery. 

Current Kids program available for grades K-5 will include games, crafts, and lesson.

Youth grades 6-12 are encouraged to fully participate in the main event.


Together we can create an inclusive, relevant, Spirit-filled witness for Jesus Christ in Western PA

In preparation for the 2020 General Conference, this event will inform and organize participants who affirm ministry with and for LGBTQIA+ persons.

Get Connected To The Current!

Contact us with any questions and a member of The Current Team will respond right away!

The Current Team is BT Gilligan, Anna Lewis, Sean Lewis, Hannah Loughman, Tracy Merrick, and Scott Shaffer. Leaders from Western PA who attended UMCNext  or Leadership Institute in 2019 held a debriefing meeting, and the planning team was formed to organize a UMCNext-type event in WPA. 

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Registration 12:30-1:00pm, begins at 1pm.

This event is free to attend and will be livestreamed on our Facebook Page:   Click Here For Livestream

Directions to Christ Church, Bethel Park:

44 Highland Road, Bethel Park, Pennsylvania 15102, United States