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Update on Connectional Discernment at Lauderdale UMC

2/22/2017

Dear Mississippi United Methodists,  Grace and peace to each of you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! It is with a wounded spirit that I inform you today that 79 persons who were members of Lauderdale United Methodist Church in the Meridian District resigned their membership in The United Methodist Church at a called church ...


Upcoming Ethics Training at AC

2/21/2017

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!   This is to remind you once again of the Clergy Ethics training that will be happening on June 7 at 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Jackson Convention Center. Yes, it is mandatory. There’s no way around making that feel forced-- that’s kind of what mandatory means. The training is mandatory ...


February Update from the Moderators of a Commission on a Way Forward

2/16/2017

Update from the Moderators of a Commission on a Way Forward February 15, 2017 The Commission on a Way Forward has begun meeting, and reporting of our conversation has been shared with the church. Because we are a body that meets every few weeks, and because the pace of social media is one measured in minutes or hours, there is a gap between the ...


Bishop Swanson on Connection discernment of Two Local Churches

2/6/2017

  Dear Mississippi Conference, I send you holy greetings during this season of Epiphany. It is with a heavy heart I announce to you that it has come to my attention that two of our congregations are seeking to discern whether to continue their historic relationships and connections with The United Methodist Church. These two congregations are ...


Lake Junaluska Hires New Director of Programming

2/3/2017

Lake Junaluska, N.C. –Lake Junaluska has announced a new hire to oversee programs, events and ministries. Mitzi Johnson will begin as director of programming on March 1. In this position, Johnson will oversee the Summer Worship Series, Choir Music Weekend, youth events, and other programs and events at Lake Junaluska.   Johnson said she plans to ...


2017 Lina H. McCord Summer Interns Welcomed

2/2/2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn., January 24, 2017 – The Lina H. McCord program welcomes eight students from United Methodist-related historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) to serve as its 2017 summer interns. The summer intern program, sponsored by the Black College Fund (BCF), a ministry of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM),...


Young Writers Sought to Produce New Worship Resources for Black Congregations

2/2/2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Feb. 1, 2017 /Discipleship Ministries/ – Young African-American United Methodists are being sought to write liturgies, prayers and calls to worship for an updated Africana worship series that will focus on the emerging music and worship practices in black congregations from the voices of young people.   “We’re asking youth and ...


GBHEM Celebrates Women of Color Scholarship Program Graduate

2/1/2017

The Office of Loans and Scholarships at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) recently recognized Dr. Kimberly Russaw, who became the 41st Women of Color graduate when she received a Doctor of Philosophy in religion with a focus in Hebrew Bible and ancient Israel from Vanderbilt University in 2016.   A four-year commitment from...


Miss. Conf. Board of Global Ministries at GBGM Headquarters

2/1/2017

By Elaine Schwartz On January 18, 2017, members of the Mississippi Conference Board of Global Ministries came together with staff at the new General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) headquarters, located in Atlanta, GA. The new space was specifically designed to inspire mission innovation and a culture of hospitality. This inspiration was evident...


Hattiesburg/Petal: Disaster Response Aid Needed

1/28/2017

Brothers and sisters in Christ,  Disaster response in the Hattiesburg and Petal area is becoming organized. We want to thank all the volunteers that have responded in the early days of this disaster. We have a long road ahead of us as the regions that sustained damage from tornados and storms have been declared federal disaster areas. We are in ...


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