About Global Partners
Global Partners is a partnership between the Rocky Mountain Conference United Church of Christ (UCC), the Rocky Mountain Disciples of Christ (DOC) and the Evangelical United Pentecostal Church of Venezuela (UEPV). As far as we know, we are the only Partnership through Common Global Ministries wherein the UCC and DOC work together with a third partner. Together we represent about 200 churches in western Venezuela, Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming.
The membership of each of the three partner denominations have committed to:
- Working together to share God's love but not trying to change each other theologically.
- Planning and working on projects together.
- Exchanging people and sharing resources.
- Supporting each other through social, political and spiritual challenges.
Our exchanges began slowly with limited numbers on visiting teams. Our teams still only take about 10 individuals in order not to create a hardship for our hosts in Venezuela. When they come here their numbers are limited because of the increasing problem of obtaining visitor visas since 9/11.
Global Partners Mission Opportunities
The purpose of these trips is to provide cultural exchanges between the Rocky Mountain Conference/Region of the United Church of Christ and the Disciples of Christ and our partners in Venezuela- The United Evangelical Pentecostal Church- and to support one another in our spiritual journeys as we seek peace and justice in our world. Each trip is centered on a project; however the process of relationship building is more important than what we do.
Members are a mix of ages and genders, lay and clergy, as well as those who have traveled to Venezuela and those that haven't yet. We welcome anyone who is interested in helping to plan the trips, recruiting travelers, training participants, speaking and teaching in local churches and fund raising. We meet once a month, currently at the UCC Conference office in Denver. If you are interested in joining Global Partners, please contact Merv Bangert: firstname.lastname@example.org
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