2021 Holy Land Trip: The Fifth Gospel


Mississippi United Methodists, I invite you to journey with me on my last trip to the Holy Land as the bishop of the Mississippi Episcopal Area taking place September 16-27, 2021. Take this opportunity to explore 'The Fifth Gospel," and walk the Bible.  Visit the Mississippi Conference page of the Educational Opportunities Tours website. Download ...

2021 AC Session Dates: The Mission Continues


The Mississippi Annual Conference--empowered by love, generosity, justice and apprenticeship--forms spiritual leaders, faith communities and connections so more disciples of Jesus Christ transform the world. Friends, We are only about six weeks away from the beginning of the 2020 and 2021 Sessions of The Mississippi Annual Conference events. As ...

Pandemic Task Team Update: The Mission Continues


Brothers and sisters in Christ,   We asked in previous updates that you share ways in which ‘The Mission Continues’ in your faith communities’ outreach and ministry, even during the pandemic. We are excited to share with you a glory sighting at a small membership church in Laurel that the pandemic task team heard recently. Rev. Dwight Yates and lay...

Reflections: Faith Investments


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 27, 2021 Grace and peace, In this webisode, I talk about how we invest into retirements regularly, and likewise, we should step back and reflect on how much we've invested into growing our relationship with God.  Click on the image below, watch this video and join me today in reserving some quiet time to reflect on what...

Calling the Church to Prayer


Brothers and sisters in Christ,  I ask that when you get a chance, add the petitions that I lift up in this video to your prayer time today and for the next several days. As we pray, I encourage you to remember that even with so many things going on in the world, The Mission Continues. "Like" Bishop Swanson on Facebook at Bishop James E. Swanson, ...

General Conference Update and Implications for the Mississippi Conference


In light of the second postponement of General Conference 2020 and the Council of Bishops’ cancellation of a planned one-day General Conference on May 8, 2021, a number of you have asked what does this mean for the Mississippi Conference, and how do these decisions affect life in Mississippi and The United Methodist Church. The Mississippi ...

Judicial Council declines COB request to rule on Protocol legislation


UMC File photo Members of the Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church.   PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- April 19, 2021 WASHINGTON, D. C. -  The highest court in The United Methodist Church has exercised its discretion to decline a request by bishops to decide whether the plan for separation on the part of some in the church, ...

Q&A with Bishop Swanson about Retirement


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 15, 2021 Brothers and sisters of the Mississippi Conference, As you know, much has happened in the last year that has impacted the globe, the nation, the church and our conference. One of those effects has been the delaying of retirement for bishops. Watch this video or click on the image below to hear the options for ...

Reflections: Fear Factor


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 15, 2021 Grace and peace, In this webisode, I discuss how fear is an emotional experience given to us by God to help us avoid dangers. However, we should not live in the spirit of fear. Get your Bibles and go to Proverbs 9:10 as we explore this topic.  Click on the image below, watch this video and join me today in ...

April 7 Pandemic Task Team Update


Brothers and sisters in Christ, Mark 16:5-8 reminds us that the followers of Jesus encountered both fear and astonishment at the first Easter. In this season, believers have a shared experience of fear of the unknown in the initial days and over a year later in the pandemic. Additionally, we as Easter people share the astonishment and excitement of...

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