Space for Prayer at General Conference

The United Methodist Church believes prayer changes things. Soon after the Special Session of General Conference was scheduled in 2016, a Praying Our Way Forward initiative began. Here in St. Louis a large prayer space has been set aside for delegates and guests.  Areas of the prayer space are dedicated to specific prayer practices. Images of stained-glass windows from United Methodist churches in the Missouri Conference hang throughout the space. A quiet prayer room, a labrynth, and a wall for...

Delegates Worship, Hear Way Forward Report, Begin Legislative Session

Just as North Georgia United Methodists began gathering for worship this morning, General Conference convened for its first official day of the 2019 Special Session with worship.  Bishop Ken Carter, president of the Council of Bishops, preached.  Acknowledging that all gathered brought enough luggage for a few days and some measure of anxiety, he lifted the assurance that so many are praying for this body around the world.  Bishop Carter preached that "God is able." Paraphrasing John Wesley ...

General Conference Begins with Prayer and Fasting

Today marked the beginning of a significant time in the life of The United Methodist Church. Eight hundred and sixty-four delegates, bishops, media and observers gathered in St. Louis at the Dome at America’s Center for a Day of Prayer and Preparation. The day was organized by the Praying Our Way Forward team, led by Bishop Deborah Wallace-Padgett and Bishop Al Gwinn. The Praying Our Way Forward effort began in 2016 in the North Carolina Conference, and wrapped up in the West Angola Episcopal ...

North Georgia United Methodists Volunteer and Serve at General Conference

In addition to our delegation and our bishop, other North Georgia Conference laity and clergy are serving in important roles at the General Conference.  Rev. Jasmine Smothers serves as a member of the 32-person Commission on a Way Forward, made up of United Methodists from around the world. She presented a portion of the Way Forward Report on February 24. She has served prayerfully and faithfully on the Commission since being named as a member in fall of 2016. Rev. Chuck Savage serves as chair...

A Year of Dinner Church

By Rev. Heather Jallad “Would I be welcome at your church?” Whether it is a difficult past or a challenging present that prompts the question, it has been asked countless times over the last 13 months. Some have disqualified themselves from the gift of God’s grace or fear the judgment of others. Others have not been in church since they were children. Some work on Sundays are don’t have transportation and walk to the food pantry where Douglasville Dinner Church gathers. As Douglasville First ...

United Methodists Meet in St. Louis for Worldwide Conference

Delegates and observers from around the world will gather at the Dome at America’s Center, February 24-26, 2019, for the Special Session of the United Methodist General Conference. The General Conference is the only body that speaks officially for the 12.6 million-member church. The event will be available via live video streaming at The day preceding the start of General Conference, February 23, has been designated as a day of preparation and prayer as a culmination of the Praying...

Video Message from Bishop Sue: 'Christ is Going Before Us to St. Louis'

"I know God's spirit is at work and I know Christ is going before us to St. Louis." - Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson Bishop Sue shares the following message to North Georgia United Methodists ahead of the Special 2019 General Conference. 

Approaching General Conference: Pastoral Letter on Diverse Understandings

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

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

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 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 ...

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