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Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson Assigned to Virginia Annual Conference
11/4/2022
The Jurisdictional Committee on Episcopacy announced Friday, November 4, that Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson will be assigned to the Virginia Annual Conference starting January 1, 2023.  ​Newly confirmed Bishop Robin Dease has been assigned to the North Georgia Annual Conference. As bishop of the North Georgia Conference, Bishop Sue has led with passion and integrity in a challenging time for the denomination. Her emphasis has been on unity in Christ and steadfastness to our mission. We will have...
General Conference 2024 to Meet in Charlotte, North Carolina
11/4/2022
The Commission on the General Conference has announced that the next United Methodist General Conference will be held April 23 – May 3, 2024, at Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. “The Commission selected Charlotte as the site that best met our varied needs. We believe that delegates and attendees will be pleased with all the city has to offer,” said Kim Simpson, Chair of the Commission on the General Conference. “Charlotte is a part of the Western North Carolina Annual ...
New Bishops Consecrated, All Bishops Assigned on Final Day of SEJ Conference
11/4/2022
By Jessica Brodie Hundreds from around the region gathered Friday, November 4, for the final session of the 2022 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church, which handled a few remaining business items before announcing much-anticipated episcopal assignments and holding a Service of Consecration of the SEJ’s three newly elected bishops.   Cheers resounded through Stuart Auditorium after Steve Furr, chair of the SEJ Committee on Episcopacy, announced the assignments ...
‘You are my family': Rev. Dr. Robin Dease Elected Bishop
11/3/2022
By Jessica Brodie It took the entire afternoon and into the evening, but on the 25th ballot of the 2022 session, the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference elected South Carolina’s Dr. Robin Dease. She is the third bishop and final bishop to be elected by the delegates to this session.  Dease’s 206 votes put her over the edge in the election, which had been close most of the day as she and South Carolina nominee the Rev. Ken Nelson were closely tied, sometimes with Nelson in the lead and ...
A Heart of Wisdom: Service of Remembrance Honors Three Late Bishops, Six Spouses
11/3/2022
 By Jessica Brodie LAKE JUNALUSKA, North Carolina—One of the realities of life is that our days are numbered, so let’s fill our days with wisdom and a faithful heart. That was the word from Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor, who preached the Service of Remembrance at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference Thursday morning, Nov. 3. Taylor drew from Psalm 90:12, which reminds us, “So teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (NKJV). Taylor lifted up the three bishops and ...
Follow Election of Bishops from Across The U.S.
11/2/2022
United Methodists in the United States, the Philippines, and Central and Southern Europe are meeting in November to elect and consecrate new bishops and assign bishops to specific regions or episcopal areas. Bishops are the top clergy leaders of The United Methodist Church. This will be the first time since 2016 that new bishops have been elected for the church, which has more than 12 million members worldwide. U.S. delegates are meeting Nov. 2-5 in five areas or jurisdictions – Southeastern, ...
SEJ Conference Elects Connie Shelton as Bishop
11/2/2022
By Jasmine Haynes, Communications Specialist | Mississippi Conference The Rev. Dr. Connie Mitchell Shelton, district superintendent in the Mississippi Conference, has been elected as bishop in The United Methodist Church’s Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. Delegates elected Shelton, 58, elected Wednesday, November 2 at the jurisdiction’s meeting at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, on the 12th ballot. She received 213 votes out of 350 valid ballots cast. She needed 210 to be elected. ...
SEJ Opens with Worship, Business, Balloting
11/2/2022
Photo: The North Georgia Delegation gathers. By Jessica Brodie   LAKE JUNALUSKA, North Carolina—Delegates, reserves, bishops, volunteers, and members of the media filled the seats of Stuart Auditorium early Wednesday, Nov. 2, for the first day of the 2022 session of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. The morning began with a stirring worship service preached by Bishop James Swanson with a standing ovation and a call to remain a fearless church even amid anxiety over uncertainty, then a...
Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference Elects Tom Berlin as Bishop
11/2/2022
By Madeline White The Rev. Thomas M. Berlin, lead pastor of Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon, Virginia, has been elected as bishop in The United Methodist Church’s Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. Delegates elected Berlin, age 59, Nov. 2, at the jurisdiction’s meeting at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, on the fourth ballot. He received 213 votes out of 346 valid ballots cast. He needed 208 to be elected. (60% of valid ballots) Berlin was the first bishop elected at the Nov. ...
2023 HealthFlex Annual Enrollment is Nov 2 to 17
10/27/2022
November 2 to 17, 2022 is Annual Enrollment season for HealthFlex participants. During Annual Enrollment, you’ll select your 2023 HealthFlex benefits. Figuring out what changes to make (if any) isn’t always easy—which is why we recommend doing a quick checkup with ALEX®, the virtual benefits counselor. ALEX asks you about your estimated health care spending and crunches the numbers to show you which medical, dental and visions plans might cost the least overall and which ones might be most cost...
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