RECLAIM is a curated gathering for people of African Descent of all ages and gender identities brought to us by African Descent Ministries. Building on well established community traditions and principles like Umoja, Sankofa, and Ubuntu, we will gather together to grow across generations. The African Descent community thrives most when gathered. This event is meant for our siblings in the pulpits, pews, and brunch.
In the early 2000s, African Descent Ministries supported the Proclaim the Power event, inviting leaders from across the community to bask in powerful preaching while being equipped with the essentials for ministry. The event had a lasting impact on one of the largest generations of leaders in the church. Reflecting on how much culture has shifted since then, we are reminded of how important it is for us to reclaim our space. The Reclaim gathering concentrates on the tool kit for ministry as we muddle through a pandemic, climate change, and an era of preserving the spiritual and emotional wellness of healers. The church needs healthy and whole preachers and teachers, financial professionals and tech support, equipping of young adults, and culturally relevant approaches to the Word.
Grounded in scripture, this gathering seeks to help participants feel Embodied, emboldened, and liberated in their identities. Over the four day gathering, participants will engage in workshops, shared meals, praise and worship designed to build and strengthen community, teach new skills, share resources and rejuvenate weary souls. Follow us on social media as we announce our workshop leaders and keynote speakers. Join African Descent Ministries and our community on September 14th through the 17th in Minneapolis, MN.
Our preferred lodging will be at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Minneapolis. The event will take place at Central Lutheran Church and Redeemer Lutheran Church over the course of the weekend. The cost for the event covers the cost of the gathering, meals, and Saturday night gala dinner.