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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 ...



Council of Bishops Follows Tradition With Letter to the Church

5/25/2016
Reviving a tradition that is more than a century old, the United Methodist Council of Bishops sent a letter today to the people of The United Methodist Church following the 2016 General Conference, held in Portland, Oregon, May 10-20. The letter reads as follows:   To the people of The United Methodist Church:   The Council of Bishops brings you greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who has called us to be servant leaders of the church. In 1812, Bishop Francis Asbury, Bishop...

Votes of Note: Legislation from General Conference 2016 At a Glance

5/23/2016
General Conference delegates acted on hundreds of pieces of legislation, taking part in thoughtful discussion, prayerfully discerning options, and sometimes simply voting yes to agreed-upon consent calendars. Some of the notable legislation from GC2016 is below. (Compiled from United Methodist News Service)  Clergy-Related Petitions Several pieces of legislation related to clergy were passed by the General Conference. The Ministry Study Commission titled “Deepening the Theology of Ordination” ...



GC2016 Passes $604 Million General Church Budget

5/21/2016
General Conference delegates on May 20 approved a general church budget of $604 million for 2017-2020. That budget proposal came from the board of the General Council on Finance and Administration and the Connectional Table, which coordinates the denomination’s agencies.  Delegates voted to add $5 million to double the denomination’s financial backing of the Central Conference Theological Education Fund. Funds help with such denomination-wide endeavors as planting new churches, providing ...

Delegate Q&A: Jeff Jernigan

5/20/2016
Lay delegate Jeff Jernigan (pictured in a legislative session) shared with us about inspiring people, awesome worship and what to look forward to in mission. Have you met anyone inspiring here in Portland? There are too many to list. Chief Prosper Tunda in war ravaged East Congo and the ministry they are doing to help restore some infrastructure and minister to the refugees; the steadfastness of our brothers and sisters in Northern Nigeria to live out the Gospel despite Boko Haram; testimonies ...



Delegate Q&A: Randy Brown

5/20/2016
Lay delegate Randy Brown shared with us about the people, the worship, and how Leadership UMC prepared him for General Conference. Have you met anyone inspiring here in Portland?  General Conference has given me the opportunity to meet United Methodists from all over the world. Key relationships were fostered in the iegislative sessions. United Methodist brothers and sisters  are truly a "royal priesthood" connected thru God, in spite of diverse cultures. We have had powerful worship this ...



Worship at General Conference: Pray, Sing, Clap, and Amen

5/20/2016
Pamela Duncan, pictured (in orange) during opening worship, is a member of "New Church Atlanta" (created by the merger of Druid Hills UMC and Epworth UMC). She is attending General Conference as an observer and volunteer with our Conference Communications Office. By Pamela Duncan I was raised Episcopalian in a bedroom community of Manhattan. Our congregation was affluent and lacked diversity. There were lots of smells and bells, Latin liturgy and controlled responses. The musical accompaniment...



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