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Rev. Sharma Lewis Elected Bishop in The United Methodist Church

7/13/2016
Rev. Sharma Lewis hears that she has been elected bishop. Photo by Matt Brodie / SCUMC By Sybil Davidson In an historic election, the Rev. Sharma Lewis of the North Georgia Annual Conference has been elected bishop by the Southeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church. She was elected on the first ballot at the jurisdiction’s quadrennial meeting at Lake Junaluska, N.C.  Rev. Lewis is the first African-American woman elected bishop in the Southeastern Jurisdiction.    "I was called ...



A Pastoral Letter from the Southeastern Jurisdictional College of Bishops

7/12/2016
North Georgia Bishop Mike Watson and the Bishops of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference share the following letter to United Methodists in our Southeastern Jurisdiction Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We celebrate the way God is working through you and the churches you represent to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Your witness is making a difference in the lives of individuals and ...

Bishop Watson Announces Three Appointments

4/11/2016
Bishop B. Michael Watson has announced three cabinet-level appointments. The appointments will be effective in June 2016 along with other clergy appointments.  Rev. Herzen Andone will be appointed Director of Connectional Ministries. Andone is currently serving as District Superintendent of the Northwest District. He follows Rev. Mike Selleck who will retire after Annual Conference. Rev. John Pinson will be appointed District Superintendent of the Northwest District. Pinson is currently pastor ...

Letter to Laity and Clergy: Celebration to Honor the Ministry of the Watsons

4/10/2016
Dear Laity and Clergy of the North Georgia Conference:   In a few weeks we will gather at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia for the 150th session of the North Georgia Annual Conference. We will gather around the theme, “Bound for Greater Things.”   The Wednesday, June 8, evening session of the North Georgia Annual Conference will be a service of celebration honoring the ministry of Bishop B. Michael Watson and Mrs. Margaret L. Watson. This special service will begin at 7 p.m. with an ...

Judy Bush Named Next Administrative Assistant to the Bishop

3/1/2016
Bishop Mike Watson announced this week that he has selected Judy Bush as the next administrative assistant to the bishop, filling the position held by Chris Selleck who will retire in June. Bush will begin May 1.  Bush has served in the North Georgia Conference office for five years. She is currently administrative assistant in the Office of Connectional Ministries.  Selleck was hired for the role of administrative assistant to the bishop in 1997, working with Bishop Lindsey Davis and Bishop ...

A Letter to Martin Luther King Jr

1/13/2016
Detail of the sculpture of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington, DC. UMNS photo by Maile Bradfield Bishop Woodie W. White January 2016 Note: Each year, retired United Methodist Bishop Woodie W. White writes a “birthday letter” to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in which he offers his perspective on the state of race relations, particularly in the United States. White, now bishop-in residence at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, was the first general secretary ...



Health Savings Funds Temporarily Unavailable

1/8/2016
HDHP participants: The General Board of Pension and Health Benefits, Wageworks, and the North Georgia Conference are aware that your Health Savings Account funds are not currently available. The General Board and Wageworks are working on resolving this as quickly as possible and apologize for the inconvenience.  If you need to obtain services before your funds are available, you may pay out of pocket and submit eligible expenses for reimbursement.   If the lack of available funds is preventing...

Board of Laity Affirms the Nomination of Rev. Lewis for Office of Bishop

10/30/2015
In its meeting October 29, the Conference Board of Laity unanimously affirmed the North Georgia Conference Delegation's nomination of Rev. Sharma Lewis for the office of Bishop.    Rev. Lewis was endorsed by the Delegation at the group's September meeting. Rev. Lewis currently serves as District Superintendent of the Atlanta-Decatur-Oxford District.   In The United Methodist Church, bishops are elected and assigned by the Jurisdictions. In July of 2016, Rev. Lewis will be considered for election...



Nominations Process for Conference Leadership Underway

10/1/2015
It is time to begin identifying nominees for the Conference boards and committees that will serve for the 2016-2020 Quadrennium.  The Conference Nominations Committee needs you to indicate your willingness to serve or to encourage possible leaders to complete the online Interest Form. Between now and October 31, the North Georgia Annual Conference will accept online Interest Forms from all persons interested in serving on a Conference Committee or Board —laity and clergy, persons serving in ...

North Georgia Delegation Endorses Sharma Lewis as Episcopal Nominee

9/24/2015
The members of the North Georgia Conference Delegation have unanimously endorsed the Rev. Sharma D. Lewis as their episcopal nominee.    Rev. Lewis serves as District Superintendent of the Atlanta-Decatur-Oxford District.   "She is a person of impeccable character. Likewise, she is a pastor, a preacher, an administrator who has exhibited extraordinary skill," said the Rev. Dr. K. Edward Tomlinson, who nominated Rev. Lewis at the September meeting of the North Georgia Delegation. "She has served ...



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