A Pastoral Letter to United Methodists of the Southeastern Jurisdiction


Brothers and Sisters:     As president of the Southeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops my heart rejoices over the bold, courageous, and compassionate offering of confession, lament, and call to action by our white brothers and sisters of the SEJ College and the gracious acceptance of this act of truth telling as we journey toward the Beloved ...

The Church's Lack of Witness Against Racism


Brothers and sisters in Christ, There is and has been for some time, much unrest in our nation surrounding the injustice and sin of racism. Its directly related consequences have been made even more visible lately with the clear disparities in impact of the coronavirus in communities of people of color versus those of whites, and the tragic murder ...

2020 Clergy Session Link and Info


We are almost there! I want to begin by thanking everyone for your patience and support as we have attempted, once again, to do things we never envisioned having to do. So here is what you need to know for the 2020 Mississippi Conference Clergy Session that was most recently addressed in my email from May 26, 2020.  LINK FOR ZOOM WEBINAR: Join ...

Return to In-person Gathering Date


Greetings my brothers and sisters in Christ,   I’m sending this notice as a follow up to my late April request that churches continue their shelter-in-place on congregational activities through Sunday, May 31, 2020. In collaboration with conference leadership, the decision has been made to hold to that date that churches not gather in-person until...

Reflections: Reflecting Richly Towards God


May 28, 2020 Brothers and sisters in Christ, Take a moment to reflect on this webisode focusing on "Reflecting Richly Towards God" that originally aired September 2019 and continues to have relevance for us today. Click on the image below, watch the video and join me today in reserving some quiet time to reflect on what insights and direction God’...

Digital Discipleship: Drive-in Church


In our ongoing efforts to provide congregations with well-vetted resources to help you develop sustainable digital ministry, today's Digital Discipleship feature is... Drive-in Church  Drive-in church is a creative and safe alternative to congregations gathering physically in a sanctuary. Rev. Keith Keeton, pastor at Senatobia First United ...

Episcopal Coverage of the Mississippi Area


  Dear Mississippi United Methodists, The Council of Bishops have affirmed the action of the Southeastern Jurisdiction (SEJ) College of Bishops regarding episcopal coverage of the Mississippi Annual Conference until the postponed 2020 SEJ Conference by assigning me to continue as your resident bishop. The postponed 2020 SEJ Conference will be held...

Commission sets dates for postponed General Conference


  A view of the Minneapolis skyline and the Stone Arch Bridge. (Canva Pro Stock Media/Getty Images Pro)    Commission on the General Conference FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 26, 2020  Nashville, Tenn.: The Commission on the General Conference has announced new 2021 dates for General Conference following the postponement of the event due to the ...

COB Announce New Dates for Postponed 2020 Jurisdictional Conferences


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 26, 2020 WASHINGTON, D.C. —  The Council of Bishops (COB) has announced new dates for the 2020 Jurisdictional Conferences in the United States which have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Jurisdictional Conferences in the United States will be held November 10-12, 2021. The days prior to and after can ...

Dive into Digital Discipleship


For immediate release- May 26, 2020 Hey friends, We are called to "make disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world," and while our world has drastically changed, our mission has not. For years we have asked our churches to think through and define an intentional discipleship process. Now we ask what is your church’s digital ...

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