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Centralize 2022 Registration

You are invited to Centralize 2022: The Value of Community where we will engage in fellowship, renewed connections, and learning as we embrace the biblical truth that "two are better than one...and a chord of three strands is not easily broken" (Ecclesiastes 4:9, 12b).  If the last two and half years of ministering in a pandemic have taught us anything, it's that we can't do ministry alone, and God does not call us to.  So let us join in together to learn and celebrate the value of community!

We are excited to welcome Rev. Dr. Delesslyn Audra Kennebrew, J.D., M.Div., as our Keynote speaker.  Dr. Kennebrew serves as Regional Minister for Ministry Innovation for the Greater Kansas City Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  For nearly 15 years she has worked to give life to the vision and mission of local churches, as well as organized and spoken at ministry conferences, retreats, worship services, and other community events.  She earned her J.D. at University of Arkansas, M.Div. at Emory University, and Doctor of Educational Ministry at Columbia Theological Seminary.  We will be blessed by the word and presence of Dr. Kennebrew!

Centralize 2022 will take place in a hybrid format, both at the Shawnee, Kansas campus and online.  Those gathering in person will be asked to follow the seminary's COVID-19 protocols, outlined below.  If you are coming from out of town to join the gathering in-person, please reach out to Jessica Williams if you would like a list of nearby hotels.  Those attending in-person have the option to add on the cost for lunch ($10) and dinner ($15) to join in meal fellowship with one another.

Centralize 2022 Schedule (all times listed in CST)
Friday October 21
  • 9:30 a.m. - Tour of Campus
  • 10:00 a.m. - Opening Chapel
  • 10:45 a.m. - Workshops by Central Faculty (see below)
  • 12:30 p.m. - Lunch
  • 2:00 p.m. - Workshops by Central Faculty (see below)
  • 3:30 p.m. - Keynote Plenary with Rev. Dr. Delesslyn Kennebrew: The Value of Community Begins with One Question
  • 5:00 p.m. - Dinner with book signing
  • 6:30 p.m. - Alumni Awards Program
Saturday October 22
  • 9:30 a.m. - Breakfast Snacks available
  • 10:00 a.m. - Keynote Plenary with Rev. Dr. Delesslyn Kennebrew with Closing Worship: The Unexpected Table Talk that Changes Lives in Community

Current COVID-19 Protocols at Central Seminary
  • Masks are optional for those who have been vaccinated and will submit proof of vaccination.  Masks and appropriate social distancing are required for those not vaccinated.
  • Persons who have been exposed to COVID-19 are not permitted in the building until 5 days after exposure.
  • Persons who have symptoms of COVID-19 or have tested positive are not permitted in the building until 5 days after being symptom free and a negative test.  They should continue with masking and social distancing for the following 10 days.
If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Williams, Director of Alumni Engagement & Lifelong Learning.