Walk Justly Conference

Walk Justly Conference

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“Just Missions”

October 22 – 24, 2021

Manchester UMC
St. Louis, Missouri

Make a positive impact in your community by participating in the Walk Justly 2021 Conference! During this gathering, we’ll explore social justice issues, programs & best practices with expert speakers and each other. Participants will discover practical skills, timely insights, and relevant theology in the areas of social justice and missions. In short, the Walk Justly Conference will help participants expand their influence and equip them to make their communities, neighborhoods and workplaces more open and supportive of all people.

Everyone who registers and participates in this event will also receive complimentary resources that can be shared and implemented in their local community.

Walk Justly 2021 will be held at Manchester United Methodist Church in West St. Louis County (located near the intersection of Highway 141 and Manchester Road). Parking is free and hotel accommodations are nearby for out-of-town participants.

Conference Experience Includes

  • Expert speakers from across the state and nation
  • Networking lunches
  • Workshops for pastors and laity
  • Daily worship
  • Interactive worship arts and prayer opportunities
  • Keynote Panel on conditions of poverty that highlight similarities and differences between urban, suburban, and rural Poverty

Each year, the Walk Justly Conference will focus on a new topic in order to connect, resource, educate, and empower individuals towards effective, culturally informed, context specific ministries.

Walk Justly – Just Missions Speakers

Wise Baker Dietra 43
Rev. Dr. Dietra Wise Baker
The Justice Buffet
Leonard Stephanie 43
Rev. Stephanie Leonard
Lessons from Unity UMC: Microlending
Bennett David 43
Rev. David Bennett
“Lessening the Distance”
Restorative Conversations…
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Nick Reinhardt
Starting your Own Social Justice Ministry
Bartholomew Joshua 43
Dr. Joshua Bartholomew
Race, Economics and Social Justice
Cleaver III Emanuel 43
Rev. Dr. Emanuel Cleaver III
Faith and
Hamilton Winter 43
Rev. Winter Hamilton
Application of the Scriptural Basis for Social Holiness in Christian Education
Shearer Karen 43
Rev. Karen Shearer
Community outreach for small-membership, rural churches
Johnson F Willis 43
Rev. Dr. F Willis Johnson
What is your Why?
Rev. Andy Bryan
Pastoring in a Polarized Congregation
Bryan Brad 43
Rev. Brad Bryan
Fearless Community: What I Wish
I Knew When I Started
Moyers Mari Ann 43
Mari Ann Moyers
Bold Change: The Unexpected Ways God is bringing Unity to a Racially Divided City

Downloadable list of speakers, workshop descriptions and bios

Conference Schedule
Fri., Oct. 22Sat., Oct. 23Sun., Oct. 24
4:00p Check In7:30a Breakfast7:30a Breakfast
5:00p Welcome8:30a Morning Prayer Service8:15a Break /
Meditative Walk
5:20p Break9a Workshop 19a Worship /
Sunday School
5:30p Dinner10:15a Break10a Break
7:00p Opening Worship10:30a Workshop 211a Worship /
Sunday School
11:45a Break12:30p Lunch
12:00p Lunch & Keynote Panel1:30p Closing
1:15p Break
1:30p Workshop 3
2:45p Break
3p Coffee Circles/Ministry Fair
5p Break
5:15p Dinner
6:15p Break
6:30p Worship
Attendance Options & Registration

There are two options to attend this Walk Justly Conference: In Person or Virtual.

All times are Central Daylight Time. Whether online or in-person, all participants will have the same schedule.

In Person $125

Participants who choose the in-person option will attend the Walk Justly Conference at Manchester UMC in St. Louis MO.  These participants will have access to every part of the conference experience, including networking opportunities and meals. 

In Person Registration Includes:

  • All meals, beverages, and snacks (continental breakfasts)
  • T-Shirt and swag bag
  • Conference Guide
  • Post Conference Resource Kit

Registration closes October 8!

Virtual $50

Participants who choose the virtual option will participate in the conference from the comfort of their own home.  All workshops, panels, and workshops will be available virtually through Zoom and Facebook live.  There are not virtual components during networking and meal breaks.  Virtual participants will receive a special guide to help them navigate conference schedule and technology.

Virtual Registration Includes:

  • Conference Guide
  • Post Conference Resource Kit
  • Virtual Attendance Guide

Note: All times are Central Daylight Time. Whether online or in-person, all participants will have the same schedule.

Registration closes October 8!

Post-Conference Event, Connecting with Community – Sun., Oct. 24

Everyone, including conference attendees, Methodists in the St. Louis area, and anyone who is able, is invited to join us Sunday, October 24 in the afternoon for our Connecting With Community Post-Conference Event.

Following a quick overview of economic and racial divides in St. Louis, event participants will have the opportunity to select one of five community tour options in order to observe the effects of economic disparity in our communities. These tours will be followed by facilitated discussion proposed towards reflection and changed actions.

Tour options: Delmar Divide, Greater Ville, Gravois Park (Community Gardening in downtown St. Louis).

Registration closes October 1!

If you are interested in attending the Post-Conference Event, please email Linda Simino.

Housing Accommodations for Conference (due Oct. 1)

For your convenience, a limited block of rooms have been held until Friday, October 1, at a hotel that is located approximately 7 minutes from Manchester UMC.

The Drury Inn & Suites offers free: hot breakfast, parking and Wi-Fi. These blocked rooms are $126/night and located at :

Drury Inn & Suites St. Louis Southwest
5 Lambert Drury Place
Valley Park, MO 63088.

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COVID Safety Information

Masks are currently optional for fully-vaccinated adults and children 11 and younger. Participants are asked to self-screen before attending.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Administrative Assistant for Social Justice, Linda Simino.

The Walk Justly Conference is sponsored by Manchester United Methodist Church and the Missouri United Methodist Foundation, in partnership with the Missouri United Methodist Conference.

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