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North Georgia Conference Mourns the Death of Rev. Marita Harrell

5/23/2022
North Georgia United Methodists mourn the death of beloved clergywoman the Rev. Marita Harrell, whose life was tragically taken on May 19, 2022.  "I am broken-hearted since being informed of the death of Rev. Marita Harrell," wrote Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson in an email to Conference clergy. "It is a blow to our clergy family, especially since it appears she died at the hand of one she was helping. Marita was a friend and a shining light among us. I pray for her family, her church, and all who ...



What's New for AC2022: 5 Things to Note About the North Georgia Annual Conference

5/23/2022
We will all be thrilled to return to in-person conferencing in North Georgia, but what else will be new in 2022? Here are a few things to expect at Annual Conference:  #1 The Digital Handbook! There will not be printed Annual Conference Handbooks in 2022. That means that before arriving in Athens you should plan to print the Handbook or download it to your digital device for reference. Find the digital handbook and important additions and corrections at https://www.ngumc.org/handbook-2022.  ...



A Message from Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson

5/20/2022
Dear North Georgia United Methodists, I am broken-hearted since being informed of the death of Rev. Marita Harrell. It is a blow to our clergy family, especially since it appears she died at the hand of one she was helping. Marita was a friend and a shining light among us. I pray for her family, her church, and all who loved her. I am grateful that the Lord she represented so well was with her in all things and accompanied her to her eternal home. May His Spirit comfort those of us who remain....



Ruling Allows Jurisdictional Conferences, and Electing Bishops, in 2022

5/20/2022
By Heather Hahn (UM News) The United Methodist Council of Bishops has the authority to call jurisdictional conferences this year to elect and assign new episcopal leaders in the U.S. However, that authority does not extend to changing the Sept. 1 date when church law says newly elected U.S. bishops officially take office, the denomination’s top court ruled in Decision 1445. Usually jurisdictional conferences meet to elect bishops in mid-July every four years following General Conference, the ...



Message from our Director of Inclusion and Advocacy

5/16/2022
The mass murder and carnage in Buffalo on Saturday is a tragic reminder that white supremacy and racial violence continue to kill. It has become too common. Just one day later our national attention turned to a deadly shooting at the Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church in California.  As United Methodists, we cannot send our thoughts and prayers without moving our hands and feet. We must search within ourselves to see where implicit and explicit bias is present and deal with it. Among the ...



North Georgia Conference Names Next Treasurer/CFO

5/12/2022
Updated June 4 The North Georgia Conference Council of Finance & Administration is pleased to announce that, having received Annual Conference approval, Allison Berg will be named the next North Georgia Conference Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer, effective July 1, 2022.  She will succeed Keith Cox who will retire June 30 after 21 years of outstanding service.  Allison currently serves as Associate VP for Finance at Emory University. She has had a very impressive career trajectory in ...



Rev. Dr. Bernice Kirkland Returns to her Alma Mater to Speak to Nursing Students

5/12/2022
Pictured at Dillard University from left are Dr. Yolanda Page, VP of Academic Affairs, Rev. Herbert A Brisbon III, University Chaplain, Rev.  Dr. Bernice Kirkland, Dr. Sharon Hutchinson, RN, CNE, Dean of College of Nursing Forty years ago in 1982, the then Ms. Bernice Williams graduated from Dillard University’s Nursing Program with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Last month, Rev. Dr. Bernice W. Kirkland, North Georgia Conference Director of Community Discipleship and Development, was invited...



AC Q&A: Information About the 2022 North Georgia Annual Conference

5/11/2022
Updated May 31, 2022 Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Annual Conference 2022 below. We will update this document regularly. Stay connected to news and information by visiting www.ngumc.org/AC2022. Q: Will Annual Conference 2022 be in-person? Yes! Members of the 2022 North Georgia Annual Conference will meet in person in Athens.  Q: Can members participate remotely? All voting will be done in person only. The sessions will be live-streamed, however, for all to follow along.  Q: ...



Update from Conference Board of Trustees May 6

5/6/2022
May 5 Update from the Board of Trustees The Trustees of the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church and Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church have jointly agreed to the general terms and framework of a full resolution of their pending dispute. All parties now look forward to the resolution of the civil litigation. We ask members of our faith communities for their prayers and patience during this time as we prepare formal documents to bring this dispute to a close. May 6 Update from...



Update from Conference Board of Trustees May 5

5/5/2022
The Trustees of the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church and Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church have jointly agreed to the general terms and framework of a full resolution of their pending dispute. All parties now look forward to the resolution of the civil litigation. We ask members of our faith communities for their prayers and patience during this time as we prepare formal documents to bring this dispute to a close.



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