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     This year’s focus is on “The History and Development of African American and Native
American Churches and Communities in the Rural South.” Aside from major presentations,
experiential/contextual learning will take place as local people share ministries that reach far
beyond their congregations into their communities and beyond. Church and community leaders,
lay and clergy, will share how their work through cooperative strategies have led to life/
community/world transforming ministries. The context is the Native American Cooperative
Ministries in and around Pembroke, North Carolina and Bennettsville-Cheraw Cooperative
Ministries in Bennettsville, South Carolina. Ten of our Rural Chaplains are in ministry within
this area of the Carolinas.

     Reverend Brad Thie, Director of Thriving Rural Communities Initiative at Duke Divinity School,
will present concepts and strategies used to understand and promote “thriving rural
communities.” Bishop Hope Morgan Ward of the North Carolina Conference will provide
leadership in the celebration of Holy Communion/Certification service.
Lodging will be at the Holiday Inn Express in Pembroke, NC. The hotel provides a
complimentary breakfast. Group transportation will be used to go to all the scheduled activities
within North and South Carolina.

     For those persons flying to connect with the RCA shuttle service to Pembroke, they will need
to schedule flights to arrive into Raleigh-Durham (NC) airport no later than 2:30 PM or into
Fayetteville (NC) airport no later than 4:00 PM on Monday, October 27th. Departing
flights on Thursday, October 30th need to be scheduled to leave after 10 AM from Raleigh-
Durham airport and after 8 AM from Fayetteville airport. The Raleigh-Durham airport is
about 2 hours and 15 minutes from Pembroke and the Fayetteville airport is about 1 hour from

     The RCA meeting will start with dinner at 5:30 pm on Monday, October 27, 2014.

     The total cost (including registration, room, five meals, group transportation, and airport shuttle
service) is $265 for double occupancy and $395 for a single room. Registration deadline (based
on space available) is August 1, 2014. Limited scholarships are available. Checks should be
made to: Rural Chaplains Association and mailed to: Dorsey Walker, Treasurer, 4705 AL
Highway #40, Dutton, AL 35744.

     Participation in the total event provides 1.5 CEU’s.

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