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A Message from Bishop Sue on Judicial Council Ruling

4/28/2017
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,   The Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church has just issued its ruling, finding 6-3 that  the consecration of Bishop Karen Oliveto, who is married to another woman, violates church law. The Council’s action, however, does not nullify the consecration or cause Bishop Oliveto to be removed from the episcopal office. The Council concluded that the bishop’s ministerial office is now subject to review, which will begin when a complaint is filed against ...

LaGrange College Students Take Service-Learning Trip to D.C.

4/27/2017
More than 20 LaGrange College students and four adults traveled to Washington, D.C., over spring break for the college’s annual spring serving learning trip. Dr. Marc Shook, Vice President for Student Engagement, said the event’s focus this year was service learning as well as civil rights. “Spiritual Life has hosted a spring break service-learning trip for a number of years,” he said. “The college started a February Black History Month travel experience two years ago and we took students, ...



A New Tradition: All Clergy to Participate in 2017 Ordination Service

4/26/2017
Registration Now Open for Clergy Processional Bishop Sue, the Cabinet and the Board of Ordained Ministry invite all clergy to participate in the Service of Ordination and Commissioning at Annual Conference on Wednesday, June 14, at 7:30 pm in the Classic Center Theater.   Participation involves forming a processional to accompany the candidates for commissioning and ordination and their sponsors into the service and to sit together surrounding them for the entire service.   "The Bishop, ...



Bishops Call Special Session of General Conference for 2019

4/25/2017
The United Methodist Council of Bishops has called a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church to be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. In announcing the call, COB President Bishop Bruce R. Ough said the Special Session will be held in accordance with Division Two - Section II - Article II of The Constitution of The United Methodist Church as recorded in Paragraph ¶14 of The Book of Discipline (2016). The purpose of the 2019 Special Session of the ...

A Message from Bishop Sue on Upcoming Judicial Council Hearing

4/24/2017
I invite you to join me in prayer for our United Methodist Church, our Council of Bishops, our Commission on the Way Forward, and our Judicial Council as we await the Judicial Council decision* on whether a gay pastor can serve as bishop. I want you to know that, regardless of what the Judicial Council concludes, it will not be the last word on the denomination’s approach to issues regarding human sexuality in the future. I ask you to review the Southeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops’ ...

New Paperless Financial Support Report for Clergy

4/24/2017
Beginning in May there is a new paperless compensation report process for North Georgia Conference clergy. It replaces the former paper form that was submitted to districts.  The new Clergy Financial Support Worksheets are submitted online through Data Services at https:\\data.ngumc.org. Moving clergy may enter July 1 compensation as of May 16, 2017. The forms are submitted by clergy and approved by an authorized lay person. The District Office will then review and also approve. Find ...



North Georgia Clergy & Laity Impacted by ZOE Ministry

4/21/2017
When 14 clergy and laity boarded their flight to Kenya in January 2017, they knew they would not be undergoing the typical missionary experience. No hammers and nails, no bed nets or donations. They arrived in Maua, Kenya to meet ZOE. When they arrived, several excited children ran to meet them. They grabbed them by the hand and led them to a celebration of their arrival. There was excitement and everyone was invited to dance. It was clear that their future was bright, and their minds were ...



Bishop to Nominate Next Conference Chancellor

4/19/2017
In June, Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson will nominate Jim Thornton as our next North Georgia Conference chancellor. Thornton is an attorney in LaGrange and a life-long member of LaGrange First UMC. He serves as the part-time mayor of LaGrange and has practiced law there for 20 years. He’s a graduate of United Methodist-related LaGrange College and Emory University Law School and also serves as attorney for LaGrange College. While he is active in his home church, Thornton has also served in ...



City of Decatur to Purchase United Methodist Children's Home Property

4/17/2017
The United Methodist Children’s Home Agrees to Sell Campus to City of Decatur; Funds from $40 Million Sale Will Serve More Children and Families in Crisis (NOTE: Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions at the Children's Home website.) Responding to the growing needs of the children and families it serves, the Board of Trustees of The United Methodist Children’s Home (UMCH) has agreed to sell the ministry’s 77-acre campus to the City of Decatur. The Decatur City Commission approved the ...



Holy Thursday Prayer from Bishop Sue

4/13/2017
On this Holy Thursday, Bishop Sue invites you to pray with her the words of this wonderful Brian Wren hymn: Lord God, your love has called us here, As we, by love, for love were made. Your living likeness still we bear, Though marred, dishonored, disobeyed.  We come, with all our heart and mind Your call to hear, your love to find. We come with self-inflicted pains Of broken trust and chosen wrong, Half-free, half-bound by inner chains, By social forces swept along, By powers and systems ...

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