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Statement: Jackson County United Methodist Pastors Stand Against Racial Injustice

5/7/2019
For too long, white Christians have silently shaken their heads at public displays of racism and voiced their concern in private among one another. As United Methodist Christians and pastors, we want to register a public witness denouncing the actions reported in a recent AJC article concerning the withholding of a black candidate for the job of city administrator and this statement made about Christian life by a member of local government: “I’m a Christian and my Christian beliefs are you don’...

Meet Paul Nauert: MLB Umpire with Deep Faith

5/2/2019
By REBECCA WALLACE   On Opening Day of the Major League Baseball Season, Paul Nauert took time to take a call from the North Georgia Conference and tell his story. That's how important his United Methodist church and his faith are to him. Just five hours later he was on on the field as umpire for the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles season opener. Although he was born and raised a church-going Catholic, Paul will tell you that he did not have a relationship with God as a young person....



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

5/1/2019
Continuing a tradition that began in 2017, clergy will form a processional into the Service of Licensing, Commissioning, and Ordination at the 2019 Annual Conference. The service will be Thursday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Theater of The Classic Center. Participating clergy will surround their new colleagues as an outward sign of welcome and covenant community in this service. All clergy are encouraged to participate. No registration is required, however, participants are asked to wear robes...



Judicial Council Rules on Actions of Special General Conference

4/26/2019
(Photo: Mike DuBose, UMNS) On April 26, the United Methodist Judicial Council ruled that certain parts of the Traditional Plan passed by the 2019 Special General Conference are constitutional. Other portions of the plan were ruled unconstitutional. The portion of the legislation deemed constitutional will take effect in the U.S. on January 1, 2020.  The Judicial Council ruled that the exit strategy passed by the General Conference is constitutional. This legislation goes into effect ...



Election Committees Release Names of Candidates

4/25/2019
The Clergy Election Committee and the Lay Election Chair have released the names of candidates who have expressed interest and availability in serving on the North Georgia Conference delegations to General and Jurisdictional Conference.  Booklets including biographical information and personal statements are in production and will be available in the coming days. The volunteers on the election committees have spent countless hours carrying out the process for self-nomination.  The Lay ...

Tom Jackson to Speak at Annual Conference Laity Luncheon

4/25/2019
The North Georgia Conference Board of Laity has announced that a familiar face (and voice) will be this year's speaker at the Annual Conference Laity Luncheon.  Dr. Tom Jackson is an active member of Athens First UMC, a long-time lay member of the North Georgia Annual Conference, and a four-term member of the North Georgia Delegation to General Conference. Before retiring in 2017, Tom spent 27 years in the senior administration of the University of Georgia, the last nine of those years as Vice...



Retirees Gather for Annual Luncheon and Spring Day Apart

4/24/2019
North Georgia Conference retirees, clergy who will retire in June, and candidates for ordination at Annual Conference gathered for the annual Retiree Luncheon and a day apart with Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson this week. Sponsored by Wesley Woods, the day included guest speakers, a delicious luncheon, breakout sessions, and worship.  "I rejoice as I think about how many hours of pastoral care, sermon prep, and youth lock-ins are represented here," said Bishop Sue.  Bishop Sue called on the ...



Annual Conference 2019 to Elect Delegates to General Conference 2020

4/22/2019
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. General Conference is the policy-setting body of The United Methodist Church. The 2020 General Conference ...



Cokesbury's Annual Conference Display Will Offer Resources On Site and Online

4/11/2019
Cokesbury is pleased to offer its most popular titles, UM official resources, and speakers’ books in quantity through on-site sales at Annual Conference 2019 at Cokesbury Resource Centers. This year’s Cokesbury Resource Center will look different as we continue to be responsible stewards of resources, the environment and our staff, while providing the most popular Christian resources to our customers. There will be fewer items on-site, but those will include the Bishop’s recommended title, best...



Global Ministries Celebrates 200 Years of Mission with Gathering Reflecting on Past and Focusing on Future of Methodist Mission

4/11/2019
Guests arriving to the Global Ministries Bicentennial. (Photo: Jennifer Silver, Global Ministries) Celebrating its origins that trace back to the work of a freeborn African-American among the Wyandotte Native American people in the 1800s, the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church celebrated its 200th anniversary with events focused on the future of Methodist mission during changing times.  The bicentennial celebration recognizes the 200th anniversary of the founding ...



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