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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 ...



Lay Theology Institute to Focus on Methodism, 2016 General Conference

9/20/2015
After taking a break during the school’s centennial year, the Bill Mallard Lay Theology Institute (LTI) at Candler returns in 2015-2016 with an eye to the history, theology and polity of The United Methodist Church. “Holy Conferencing: From Wesley to 2016” will focus on the origins of the early Methodist concept of conferencing and consider the role of the practice in weighing current issues facing the denomination’s upcoming General Conference, to be held in Portland, Oregon in May 2016. The ...

Be a Part of Worship at General Conference: Writers Needed for Prayers and Liturgy

9/10/2015
Your words can inspire the world. You can help shape the worship services at the 2016 General Conference of The United Methodist Church, taking place on May 10-20 in Portland, Oregon. The worship design team for the conference is seeking volunteers to write liturgy, including prayers, calls to worship and litanies. "If worship – liturgy – is indeed the work of the people, then obviously the people must be involved not only in the worship experience itself, but also in the planning and ...

Young People Invited to Submit Ideas for Youth and Young Adult Addresses to General Conference

7/7/2015
United Methodist youth and young people are invited to share their best personal stories, visions and innovations for the church, and two people will be selected to express their thoughts in person at the 2016 General Conference, the denomination's top lawmaking body. The messages from youth and young people about the church's impact on their lives and their vision for the future can be either in the form of written text or 1-2-minute video presentations.  Download guidelines and details at htt...

North Georgia Delegations to General and Jurisdictional Conference Elected

6/19/2015
Photo: Rev. Sharma Lewis and Mathew Pinson, the first elected clergy and lay members of the North Georgia delegation to General Conference Members of the North Georgia Conference have elected lay and clergy delegations to General Conference 2016 and Jurisdictional Conference 2016, as well as alternates. First elected laity, Mathew Pinson, will lead the delegation.  Clergy - General Conference Sharma Denise Lewis Philip Daniel Schroeder Jane Newman Brooks Patricia Alice Rogers James Carlton ...



General, Jurisdictional Conference Delegations to be Elected During Annual Conference 2015

5/28/2015
Members of the North Georgia Conference will elect delegates to the 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conferences during the upcoming Annual Conference Session, June 16-19 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 possible revisions. General Conference is the policy setting body of The United Methodist Church. The 2016 General ...



General Conference Sites Chosen for 2024 and 2028

4/27/2015
Legislative Body to meet in Philippines and Zimbabwe Meeting in Portland, Oregon this week for their final meeting before General Conference 2016, the Commission on the General Conference voted to take the quadrennial legislative gathering out of the U.S. for the first time in 2024 – and again in 2028. Manila, Philippines was chosen as the site for the 2024 General Conference. The Commission also voted to hold the 2028 conference in Harare, Zimbabwe. Judi Kenaston, chairperson of the Commission ...

Petition Submission Begins for General Conference 2016

4/9/2015
Petitions for consideration by the 2016 General Conference may be submitted to the Petitions Secretary beginning April 1 and continuing through October 13, 2015. According to church law, "Any organization, clergy member, or lay member of The United Methodist Church may petition the General Conference..." Detailed instructions for submitting a petition are available on the General Conferencewebsite at gc2016.umc.org. Petitions must be typed and may be submitted through theGeneral Conference ...



Instructions for Submitting Petitions to General Conference 2016

2/12/2015
“Any organization, clergy member, or lay member of The United Methodist Churchmay petition the General Conference….” (¶507, The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church 2012) Format for Petition Submissions All petitions should be submitted digitally by e-mail, CD, USB drive, or through the General Conference website. Petitions not submitted digitally shall be in typed or printed form following the format below. Handwritten or hand printed submissions will not be accepted. Petitions ...

Central Conference Pensions: A Connectional Success Story

12/18/2014
Thanks to the generosity of donors around the world and right here in the North Georgia Conference, The Central Conference Pensions Initiative achieved its $25 million challenge goal late last year. In fact, $26.7 million has been raised to date and $5.1 million in investment earnings have already been distributed to support Central Conference Pensions participants.  The successful effort will fund pensions for Central Conference clergy, who without this support would have little or nothing in ...



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