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Interim Tupelo District Superintendency

6/6/2018

Brothers and sisters of the Mississippi Conference, I shared with you at annual conference session last week that Rev. Rickey Haynes, who was previously announced as the incoming Tupelo District Superintendent, will now be the incoming Senatobia District Superintendent. Rev. Tom Potter, who was announced as the incoming Senatobia District ...


All Things 2018 AC Session

5/30/2018

Visit the 2018 Session of Annual Conference's guidebook app for all items that were available during annual conference. Live streaming was hosted on Bishop Swanson’s Facebook page Thursday, May 31 and captured annual conference from opening through closing worship service on Saturday, June 2. Even if you’re not on Facebook, those with internet can...


Update on First UMC Louisville

5/30/2018

Mississippi Conference, I want to make you aware of the most recent developments pertaining to First United Methodist Church in Louisville. Today a judge in Winston County issued a 10-day temporary restraining order providing joint access of the building to the Mississippi Conference of The United Methodist Church and the former members of First ...


BOD Paragraph 213 Process Concludes for First UMC of Louisville

5/23/2018

Several weeks ago, I shared with you the outcome of a called church conference held at First United Methodist Church of Louisville due to the members of that congregation expressing a desire to leave The United Methodist Church. That called conference began the process of discerning the viability of that church as explained in paragraph 213 in The...


The Pointe Expresses Desire to Leave The United Methodist Church

5/18/2018

Greetings Mississippi Conference, The members of The Pointe United Methodist Church in Brandon recently participated in a called church conference to individually affirm membership or withdraw from The United Methodist Church.   Please accept this communication as our commitment to transparency to keep you informed of ongoing processes. The ...


Bellwether Expresses Desire to Leave The United Methodist Church

4/12/2018

Greetings Mississippi Conference, Bellwether United Methodist Church in Jackson recently held a called church conference to express a desire to leave The United Methodist Church.   I was present to answer questions and respond to concerns. To be clear, Bellwether is still continued as a United Methodist Church of the Mississippi Annual Conference ...


Bishop's Statement on Alleged Clergy Misconduct

4/4/2018

Greetings to each of you, I come to you to share what I can about a difficult event that we became aware of near the end of last week. One of the members of our covenant community of clergy was arrested for alleged sexual misconduct with minors. It breaks our hearts, yet we seek to be the church in the midst of great pain.   Some of you may be ...


Bishop Swanson Provides Clarity on Two Recent Church Conferences

3/28/2018

Greetings Mississippi Conference, I’m writing to provide clarity on the events and outcome of a recent called church conference at First United Methodist Church of Louisville, and a called church conference at Bevil Hill United Methodist Church that were held due to persons in both congregations expressing a desire to leave The United Methodist ...


Clarity on Two Recent Church Conferences

3/23/2018

Greetings Mississippi Conference, I’m writing to provide clarity on the events and outcome of a recent called church conference at First United Methodist Church of Louisville, and a called church conference at Bevil Hill United Methodist Church that were held due to persons in both congregations expressing a desire to leave The United Methodist ...


The Hour Attends Billy Graham Funeral

3/8/2018

CHARLOTTE — About 2,000 people filled a huge white tent last Friday for a private funeral outside the Billy Graham Library to honor the iconic evangelist who preached to over 210,000,000 people (in person) across the globe. The Mississippi Annual Conference was represented in that number by The United Methodist Hour. As a part of the selected ...


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