Clergy and laity invited to participate in study of Common English Bible


 You are invited to join our North Georgia Conference Extended Cabinet in some shared daily meditations. We have begun exploring the Common English Daily Companion Bible together this year, and we would love to have as many of the clergy and laity of the conference as will to be a part of this daily devotional experience. While we may not be physically with each other every day, we can meet as spiritual pilgrims through the pages of this exciting Biblical resource.
 Each weekday (Monday through Friday) members of the cabinet will be reading several Biblical texts and a daily devotional thought for that day of the year. These 260 daily reflections are arranged in weekly Biblical topics with insights, reflection questions, prayers and even a place for our own notes. We will be able to talk with each other regarding our daily readings and reflections. We will meet together a couple of times a year in 24-hour spiritual retreats to consider what God's Word is saying to us as we seek growth in personal and social holiness to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
 I believe that you would enjoy reading and studying the Common English Bible, too. This newest English language translation of scripture is available in many formats, covers, and prices. The Extended Cabinet will be using the Common English Daily Companion Bible format. You can purchase it at any one of the three Cokesbury Bookstores in the Atlanta area (2495 Lawrenceville Hwy, Decatur, Emory's Candler School of Theology or ITC-Gammon Seminary) or online at
 This new plain-English version of the Bible is probably the largest cross-denominational translation project in recent memory. It can be clearly understood by people of all ages and educational levels. It is accurate, faithful, compelling and delightful to read. The Bible will come alive for you in a fresh, broadly accessible, new way. I have found that it presents God's Word as "a lamp before my feet and a light for my journey." (Psalm 119:105)
 This is a glorious opportunity to allow God to speak to us through the spiritual practices of Bible reading, meditation, prayer, and fellowship. We are looking forward to the journey together. Come and go with us.   
 Grace and peace,
Mike Watson
Resident Bishop
North Georgia Episcopal Area
The United Methodist Church