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A Message from Bishop Sue on Judicial Council Ruling

4/28/2017
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,   The Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church has just issued its ruling, finding 6-3 that  the consecration of Bishop Karen Oliveto, who is married to another woman, violates church law. The Council’s action, however, does not nullify the consecration or cause Bishop Oliveto to be removed from the episcopal office. The Council concluded that the bishop’s ministerial office is now subject to review, which will begin when a complaint is filed against ...

A Message from Bishop Sue on Upcoming Judicial Council Hearing

4/24/2017
I invite you to join me in prayer for our United Methodist Church, our Council of Bishops, our Commission on the Way Forward, and our Judicial Council as we await the Judicial Council decision* on whether a gay pastor can serve as bishop. I want you to know that, regardless of what the Judicial Council concludes, it will not be the last word on the denomination’s approach to issues regarding human sexuality in the future. I ask you to review the Southeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops’ ...

Praying Our Way Forward: Worship, Study, Discernment, Confession and Prayer for God’s Guidance

12/27/2016
North Georgia Conference Week of Prayer to be March 19-25, 2017 The denomination-wide 'Praying Our Way Forward' initiative will launch Phase 2 on New Year’s Day with 75 weeks of focused prayer for The United Methodist Church. The effort will begin January 1 in the North Carolina Conference, and wrap up in the West Angola Episcopal area in June 2018. Each annual conference will take one week to have intentional prayer for the mission of The United Methodist Church to make disciples of Jesus ...



Update From the Moderators of the Commission on a Way Forward

12/15/2016
The following letter was issued to United Methodists from the moderators of The Commission on a Way Forward. North Georgia's Rev. Jasmine Smothers is among the 32 members of the commission, made up of United Methodists from around the world.  Dear Friends in Christ, It is Advent, the season of expectation, preparation, and new birth. This Advent season seems more poignant this year than in years past in the midst of beginning the work with the Commission on a Way Forward.   The church is in a...

Council of Bishops to Call for 2019 General Conference

11/2/2016
Sets Forth Action to Involve the Whole Church in Prayer and Conversation St. Simons Island, Ga.: Through an affirmative vote at their fall meeting this week, the United Methodist Council of Bishops expressed their intent to call for a special session of the General Conference in either February or March of 2019 and asked the business manager of  the General Conference to move forward with exploring venues and a bid search. The Constitution of The United Methodist Church provides that the Council...



Smothers Named to Commission on a Way Forward

10/24/2016
Council of Bishops Names 32 Commission Members The United Methodist Council of Bishops has announced the membership of the Commission on a Way Forward. Rev. Jasmine Smothers of the North Georgia Conference is among the 32 members, made up of United Methodists from around the world.  "After three months of diligent and prayerful discernment, we have selected 8 bishops, 11 laity, 12 elders and 1 deacon to serve on the Commission," said Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the Council of Bishops. "...



Mending Broken Vessels: SEJ Female Bishops Celebrate a Beautiful Message

7/21/2016
By Heather Haun  (UMNS) At last week's Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference, United Methodist women took a break from discussing the church’s challenges to celebrate the strides woman have made across the denomination. Retired Bishop Charlene Kammerer presented a visible reminder of that progress — a mended bowl and pitcher. Kammerer recounted that clergywomen in the Southeastern Jurisdiction had bought the brown-and-turquoise pottery in the 1980s for the Rev. Helen Crotwell, their endorsed...



North Georgians to Serve on General and Jurisdictional Boards and Agencies

7/15/2016
Several North Georgia United Methodists have been nominated to serve on General Boards and Agencies. Among them are Tonya Murphy and Andrew Postell who have been nominated to serve on the denomination's Connectional Table, Bill Stikes to the General Board of Church and Society, Mathew Pinson to the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits, Alice Rogers to the General Commission on Communications, Phil Schroeder to the SEJ Committee on Coordination and Accountability, and Gary Fuller to the ...

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 ...



SEJ Conference Meets July 13-15 at Lake Junaluska

6/30/2016
Lake Junaluska cross after sunset. Photo by Ansley Brackin. With the primary task of electing and assigning bishops, the 2016 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference will meet July 13-15 in Lake Junaluska, NC. The 2016 Conference theme is Hope and Unity in Christ, based on Hebrews 6:18-19a. The five jurisdictional conferences of the UMC meet once every four years to cover business related to their regional jurisdictions in the United States. Equal numbers of laity and clergy, elected by each ...



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