RFCAI Conference

IEI hosts an annual gathering for faith leaders passionate about community engagement and collaborative partnerships in rural North Carolina. How do we support each other and all faith communities to live their values of community care? This year, at our free, virtual gathering, we’ll process the past year and plan for the future in the midst of the pandemics, the struggle around racial justice, trauma and burnout, as well as cultural and political polarization.

Wrapping up IEI’s 3 year ReCONNECT Conference series, faith leaders are invited to gather over May 11, 18 and 25 with partners, clergy and congregation members from all faith traditions for mutual learning and strategic planning sessions suggested by rural leaders.


Who should attend ReConnecting Our Faith & Community?

All faith leaders and partners are encouraged to dream, and learn with us in May. This year’s event being virtual allows us to offer our ReConnecting Our Faith & Community Conference free due to the generosity of The Duke Endowment.

No matter what faith you practice or where you live in North Carolina, join us! We’ll be especially highlighting rural United Methodist perspectives with our partnership with The Duke Endowment and encourage rural UMC clergy and laity to invite their congregations.

We absolutely welcome education, health, government, non-profit and business partners working alongside or interested in collaborating with rural faith communities to attend as well.


What will ReConnecting Our Faith & Community be about?

Our three virtual days, spread over May to accommodate busy schedules, will be a direct product of faith leader input during one of the hardest years of ministry and life for most North Carolinians.

Attend one session or all of them as we highlight on RECOVERY (May 11), REKINDLE (May 18), and RESILIENCE (May 25). Over all three days we’ll be focusing on:

  • Empowering the ministry of the laity
  • Racial equity
  • Skillful facilitation & conflict engagement
  • Place-based strategic planning
  • Creative & adaptive leadership, exploring the inner and outer work
  • Community building & contemplative practices