Columbia Union News

In less than two months, Pathfinders from across the Columbia Union Conference will gather at Summit Bechtel Reserve (SBR) in Glen Jean, W.Va., for the 'Relentless' Columbia Union Camporee. 

This week several of the planning committee members and event staff visited the grounds again to make final preparations for the event with more than 2,000 registered participants. Frank Bondurant, camporee planning chair and the union’s vice president for ministries development, urges attending clubs to also start preparing for the big event, by doing the following now: 

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The Columbia Union Conference Executive Committee members met today, receiving reports from leaders throughout the territory. The group also set the values that will guide the committee and union through the remainder of the quinquennium. (See the priorities they recently voted on here.)

They approved:

We wholeheartedly embrace and strive to embody a spirit of Christlikeness that promotes:

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At their quarterly meeting today, members of the Columbia Union Conference Executive Committee voted to adopt guiding values for the remainder of the quinquennium. Committee members also received reports of mission from around the territory. 

Pardon Mwansa, vice chancellor of Rusangu University (Zambia) shared a worship thought with tips for successful leadership.  

“Structural system problems must be fixed structurally,” said Mwansa. “Abraham and Lot loved each other, but they needed more land/space for their animals. That problem wasn’t solved like a personal one, but they solved it by adjusting their territories. You, as a leader, are in a position to identify what are governance problems and solve them by governance.” 

Members from the Potomac Conference's Beltsville Broncos attend the North American Division PBE

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Five Columbia Union Conference teams including Pathfinders and volunteers from Potomac Conference's Beltsville Broncos (pictured) traveled to Eugene, Oregon to participate in the North American Division's Pathfinder Bible Experience (PBE) event last weekend. Six other teams participated virtually.

Seven of those teams placed first. Two placed second, and two placed third. Sherilyn O'Ffill, the Columbia Union Conference PBE coordinator reports that three teams are currently under review and could receive higher placements.