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Pr e s by te r i a n s To d ay | AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2018 17 understanding," she said. The Synod of Lincoln Trails hopes to continue the strides made by adding a third conference in the near future, this time just for men. This would allow men to delve more deeply into #MeToo and what was communicated to them at the "We're in This Together" conference. Dingman feels that for the #MeToo movement to be sustained, women and men must continue to talk and share together in safe, objective environments, like those them and take steps for the future. One conference participant said she would go back to her presbytery and share what she had learned, while another said she planned to include #MeToo in a sermon to spotlight the problem. Due to the success of the first con- ference, the Synod of Lincoln Trails decided to host another event. This time, though, an important ingredi- ent was added — the voices of men. Entitled "We're in This Together," the conference lasted for five hours and was held at Indiana Interchurch Center in Indianapolis. Burke and Redlinger-Grosse were once again on hand to facilitate the discussion, and they were joined by LeaderWise's Executive Director Dr. Mark Sundby. The leaders facilitated both large and small group discussion, provid- ing moments for private time and personal reflection. In the final activity of the event, each small group crafted a state- ment that included what women need men to know; what men need women to know; and what steps they were willing to take to better become each other's allies in the process, rather than adversaries. These statements were then presented to the full group. "At the beginning of the day, the participants seemed hesitant, uncomfortable and perhaps even a bit doubtful," Dingman said of the mixed gender gathering. By the end of the day, though, there was "much more forgive- ness in the room, much more provided at these conferences. "The event was highly successful, because it was an opportunity for both men and women to vulnerably speak their truth," she said. The Rev. Barbara Kenley found the workshop especially meaningful and wrote about it on the Synod of Lincoln Trails' website. "This is where the church can help," she wrote. "When the church dares to stand up with the #MeToo movement, we just might find our- selves relevant to the world around us. What a refreshing discovery that will be." Rebecca Lister is an associate professor of music at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania. Her passion is music and worship in churches. She has had several writings published in the academic field of music. She is currently an inquirer in Carlisle Presbytery. The event was highly successful, because it was an opportunity for both men and women to vulnerably speak their truth. — Sara Dingman 1-800-451-4194 www.pts.edu/PT PREPARE FOR MINISTRY IN THE WAY OF JESUS Students at Pittsburgh Seminary prepare for ministry in the way of Jesus. Together we welcome neighbors. We share meals, differences, and experiences. We expand our minds. And we are challenged and enriched as we explore the broad range of beliefs we bring to the table. Join us!

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