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Approaching General Conference: Pastoral Letter on Diverse Understandings

2/15/2019
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson has received several questions asking for help in understanding United Methodist sisters and brothers in Christ who feel differently on the topic of human sexuality. She offers a reflection from Rev. Dr. Dan Johnson, who recently retired. He wrote the reflection below to Trinity UMC in Gainesville, Florida, following the 2016 General Conference. How can Christians see this issue so differently from one another? The truth is that within our Trinity family (and the ...



Bishop Announces Annual Conference Special Offering for 2019

2/14/2019
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson has named the Pastoral Care Program of Wesley Woods as the recipient of the 2019 North Georgia Annual Conference Special Offering.       Your giving to the conference-wide offering will make it possible for more than 1800 older adults across the Wesley Woods communities to continue their faith journey with the support of a team of loving, compassionate chaplains.  “At Wesley Woods, we believe an individual’s faith journey is life-long. Our Wesley Woods chaplains serve...



General Conference to Begin with Day of Prayer

2/7/2019
The Praying Our Way Forward team of the Council of Bishops has released details of a Day of Prayer, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CST in the St. Louis America’s Center Convention Complex on Saturday, February 23, the first day of the 2019 Special Session of General Conference. The event will be live-streamed at www.umc.org/live. The denomination-wide 'Praying Our Way Forward' initiative launched on New Year’s Day 2017 with 75 weeks of focused prayer for The United Methodist ...



Young Clergy Academy Application Opens for Young Adults Considering Ministry and Host Churches

2/7/2019
The Georgia United Methodist Young Clergy Academy connects young adults interested in exploring a call to ministry with a local church and committed clergy mentor for a nine-month internship. Young Adults Exploring a Call to Ordained Ministry Are you or do you know a young adult (age 18-28) who is considering ministry as a vocation, but doesn’t know where to start? The Young Clergy Academy offers a 9-month paid internship whereby participants are immersed in a vocational setting with ...



Annual Conference 2019 to Elect Delegates to General Conference 2020

1/31/2019
Self-Nomination Process Opens February 1 for Clergy, Remains Open for Laity and Clergy Through March 4 Members of the North Georgia Annual Conference will elect delegates to the 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences during the 2019 Annual Conference Session, June 11-14, at the Classic Center in Athens.  General Conference is the global gathering of The United Methodist Church where mission and ministry priorities are established and The Book of Discipline is reviewed for revisions. ...



Candler School of Theology Announces The Rev. Dr. P. Alice Rogers Scholarship Endowment

1/31/2019
Emory University’s Candler School of Theology has announced the establishment of The Rev. Dr. P. Alice Rogers Scholarship Endowment, which will provide financial support for students pursuing a career in pastoral ministry. This scholarship endowment was made possible through the generosity of Mr. Donald H. Defoe and Mrs. Barbara E. Defoe of Atlanta. The Rev. Dr. P. Alice Rogers serves as the Gainesville District Superintendent of The United Methodist Church and Associate Professor in the ...



Meet the Thompsons: NGUMC Family Launches Children’s Literacy Effort

1/31/2019
Kalil and Nicole Thompson with their daughters Syrai (2) and Selah (7) By REBECCA WALLACE What do you get when two good United Methodists get married, have two children and raise them in The United Methodist Church? Two more good United Methodists! And sometimes, even as a young child, but with the support of a family of faith and the community of the UMC, one good United Methodist may start her own nonprofit to combat illiteracy. On January 19, Selah Thompson, her little sister, and her ...



Wesley Woods Names Diane Vaughan as New Foundation President

1/31/2019
Experienced Fundraising & Development Executive to Join Foundation of Wesley Woods Leaders of Wesley Woods have announced the appointment of Diane Vaughan as president of the Foundation of Wesley Woods. A related-agency of the North Georgia Conference, Wesley Woods offers housing and supportive services for older adults throughout North Georgia. The Foundation of Wesley Woods serves as the connection point between the generosity of supporters in the community and the practical, life-changing ...



North Georgia Celebrates 2018 Apportionment Giving

1/28/2019
At the close of 2018, North Georgia United Methodist churches had paid 95.2 percent of the apportionment budget, the highest percentage paid in 18 years. Apportioned giving totaled $20,965,001.  Conference Treasurer Keith Cox celebrates the strong support of the connectional budget by our churches and notes that the payment percentage is indicative of an alignment between connectional giving and church budgets.  In addition, the North Georgia Conference paid the most General church ...



Bishop Participates in Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

1/22/2019
“Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:18-20) In the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Christians are reminded of Jesus’ prayer for his disciples that “they may be one so that the world may believe” (John 17.21). Hearts are touched and Christians come together to pray for their unity. This year the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity began January 18 and ends on January 25. The theme is “Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:18-20). The Catholic ...



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