2019 Conference Agenda

Claim a New Day: Partners in Creating a New Congo

Healing the Wounds of War while Laying the Foundation for Peace and
Empowering Women and Youth for Leadership

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

11:00 – Registration and mingle
  • Lunch on your own at nearby restaurants (recommendations provided)
  • Pre-conference planning meetings (optional)
1:30 – Welcome and Introductions: Overview of Conference Goals
  • Congo 101-102
  • Update on current political situation in DRC
  • Overview of Congolese refugees in the U. S.
5:30 – Opening reception followed by dinner
7:00 – Keynote: Rev. Isaac Kalonji Mukendi
General Secretary and President of Congolese Community of Kinshasa (CPK)
8:00 – Vespers in Chapel

Friday, Oct. 18

8:30 – Continental breakfast and check-in for any new arrivals
9:00 – Conveners give brief overview for the day and introduce new arrivals
9:15 – Devotion
9:30 – Keynote: Elder Monique Misenga Mukuna
CPK Office of Research & Projects; Founder, Woman Cradle of Abundance (FEBA)
10:30 – Break
10:45 – PCUSA World Mission Report: Debbie Braaksma
11:15 – Mission Engagement: Chris Roseland
11:30 – Mission Co-worker Report: Jeff Boyd
12:00 – Lunch
1:00 – Keynote: Dr. Serge Makolo Kazadi
Director Institute Medical Chretien du Kasai (IMCK)
2:00 – Mission Co-worker reports (20 minutes each)
  • Christi Boyd, Larry and Inge Streshley
3:00 – Break
3:15 – Ignite presentations (10 minutes each)
  • FIMCK, Build Congo Schools, Mission:Hope, Congo Helping Hands,
    UPRECO, UPC
4:15 – Move to break-out groups
4:30 – Break-out groups:
  • HEALTH, EDUCATION, WOMEN & CHILDREN, ADVOCACY, REFUGEES
6:00 – Dinner
7:00 – PANEL
  • Rev. Isaac Kalonji, Elder Monique Misenga, Dr. Serge Makolo
8:00 – Vespers in Chapel
8:30 – “City of Joy” Film about Panzi Hospital & Eastern Congo (74 min., optional)

Saturday, Oct. 19

8:30 – Continental Breakfast, Check-in and orientation for new arrivals
9:00 – Welcome and Introductions Feedback, goals for day, commitment letters
9:15 – Devotion
9:30 – U.S. Partners Empowering Women & Youth for Leadership (30 min. each):
  • Beth Ann Caspersen, Congo Coffee Project (Equal Exchange)
  • Nate Houghton (Congo Leadership Initiative)
  • Ayman Nagy Upstanders Campaign Manager (The Enough Project)
11:00 – Break
11:15 – Panel on ways to build effective partnerships
12:00 – Lunch
1:00 – Break-out groups
2:15 – Break
2:30 – Report back from groups (Posted newsprint)
3:15 – Response from Congolese leaders and mission co-workers
4:00 – Business meeting (planning for 2020)
4:30 – Closing worship in chapel (commitment letters as part of offering)

Updated: July 20, 2019