Clarity on Two Recent Church Conferences


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


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 ...

Love and Repentance: When Ash Wednesday Falls on Valentine’s Day


Image by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications Love and repentance: When Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day By Polly House Dentist appointments, vacations, work or worship — our calendars tell us when and what we have to do. They help us avoid conflicts. But, what about when Ash Wednesday, the fasting-and-repentance start of Lent, ...

UM Leaders Respond to #metoo and #churchtoo Movement


The Council of Bishops and the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women are responding to the recent #MeToo and #ChurchToo movements. The statement is as follows:  Over the recent weeks and months, and continuing on a seemingly daily basis, the media have been saturated with stories of persons coming forward with allegations of sexual ...

Commission on a Way Forward Prepares Updated Report to Bishops


DALLAS - The Commission on a Way Forward is nearing the completion of its task of making recommendations of possible ways forward for The United Methodist Church regarding the inclusion of LGBTQ persons in this global denomination. The 32-member Commission concluded its three-day meeting in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday after reworking sketches of ...

Millsaps College's Spiritual Formation for Youth and Worship Resourcing Academies


Dear Mississippi Annual Conference, Greetings from Millsaps College! On July 1, 2017, I began a new appointment as director of church relations and chaplain of Millsaps College. In this new capacity, it is my joy to steward the relationships among the three stranded cord of our conference, our college and our Center for Ministry (see Eccl. 4:12). ...

Student Cohort Retreat Produces Spiritual Growth


By Jasmine Haynes, Communications Specialist   Sounds of laughter erupted from a group of teenagers swapping funny youth group stories that soon drifted into a quiet contemplation as they explained a shared fear of the uncharted territory that they would soon be entering called 'college.' These students are from various regions of the state with ...

Celebrating the Retirement of Gulfside Assembly's Mollie Stewart


Gulfside Assembly Inc. Mississippi Annual  Conference Treasurer 320 -A Briarwood Drive Jackson, MS 39206 The Gulfside Association, Incorporated, Board of Directors takes great pride in offering Mrs. Mollie M. Stewart a retirement appreciation for serving the Gulfside Assembly in Waveland, Mississippi. Mollie’s official retirement date was ...

How an Immigrant Family Found Room at the Inn


Photo courtesy of the Rev. Paula Cripps-Vallejo. Members of Humboldt Park United Methodist Church in Chicago joined in an ecumenical Las Posadas procession. The re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for safe lodging carries special resonance for at least one family at the church.   By Heather Hahn Dec. 13, 2017 | UMNS “Who will give lodging to...

Fund for Central Conf. Theological Education Celebrates $2.6 Million


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Bishop Patrick Streiff of Central and Southern Europe, along with Board and Committee members of the Endowment Fund for Theological Education in the Central Conferences, announced several new commitments to the Endowment Fund for a total to date of more than $2,600,000. These funds have been committed for The United Methodist ...

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