2020 Annual Conference Session Update


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 14, 2020 Greetings Mississippi Conference, We are grateful for your patience as we constantly adapt to the ever-changing data concerning the impact of the coronavirus. We are in extraordinary times in the midst of this pandemic, and we want to operate out of an abundance of caution for all the lives who would be at risk...

2020 Ad Interim AC Session Proposed Action Items


Disposition of Resolutions #3, #4, #5 and #6 to be formatted as needed to be forward by the secretary of the annual conference, in communication with the authors, to the postponed 2020 Session of the General Conference as directed in Emergency Rule 28. (Pre-conference Journal 124-129, 143) Petition #3 On Human Sexuality (Subtitled: Petition ...

COVID-19 and In-person Gatherings


Greetings my brothers and sisters in Christ, As many of you are aware, top state health officials have expressed concerns about the critical impact that COVID-19 is having in Mississippi. Thursday morning, Dr. Thomas Dobbs, the state health officer declared that hospitals are running out of beds at an alarming rate and health care facilities are ...

2020 AC Session District Satellite Guidance


Thank you for hosting your district’s members of the 2020 Session of The Mississippi Annual Conference Monday, July 27, 2020. The purpose of the attached document is to outline all the logistical plans and considerations for which you need to be aware. We will hold a Zoom call Thursday, July 2 at 10:30 a.m. to address any clarifying questions that ...

Daily Prayer Focus in Resuming In-person Worship


In light of the recent surge in new cases of COVID-19, Bishop Swanson is encouraging and urging congregations and pastors to prayerfully discern whether or not it is in the best interest of the congregation to have in-person worship. If you choose to have in-person worship, Bishop Swanson is requesting that you follow the guidelines released ...

COVID-19 Safety Scale and Questionnaire


Dr. Stephen Shirley, medical director for multiple nursing homes in Mississippi, in consultation with his church leadership, has devised the following helpful suggestions for returning to in-person worship for his church. It is being offered simply as a resource.   COVID-19 self-evaluation safety process to determine whether an individual is safe ...

Miss. Conference Advocacy Team Holds Inaugural Gathering


“Racism is not getting worse, it’s getting filmed.” – Will Smith   Stemming from the roots of America’s original sin of racism, Black people have been killed by police at an alarming, almost daily rate in present times, just as it has been since the beginning of slavery in the United States. However, the recent law enforcement-caused deaths of ...

UMVIM Jurisdictional Offices Partner to Create a Joint Website


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 16, 2020 The five jurisdictional United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) offices are entering a new phase of collaboration with a new website. The website address,, will include resources from all five jurisdictions in one place. Some of those resources will be consistent across the jurisdictions and ...

Introducing: The People Portal


Greetings clergy members, Today we are officially launching the "People Portal" for all clergy in the Mississippi Conference. This online dashboard will provide you with 'one-stop' access to the majority of your online work related to your district and the conference offices. To view a four-minute video overview click here.  To access your portal ...

Introducing: The People Portal


span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif; color:#333333">FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 15, 2020 span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif; color:#333333">Greetings clergy members, Today we are officially launching the "People Portal" for all clergy in the Mississippi Conference. This online dashboard will provide...

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