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 ...

Foundation Short-Term Rate Rise, Effective Dec. 1


The Investment and Finance Committee of the Mississippi United Methodist Foundation voted November 7, 2017 to raise the interest rate paid on the Short-term Fund from two percent to two and a half percent effective December 1, 2017. The committee made the decision in order to return as much money as possible to your church or ministry. The new ...

Treasurer's Notes: Looking Ahead


From the desk of David Stotts, CPA Treasurer/Director of Finance and Administration and Conference Benefits Officer With Christmas and the New Year comes much Administry work to be done.  I would like to share a few notes with you that I think will help you in the close out of the 2017 year. The renewal of the property and casualty insurance ...

Lake Junaluska Assembly's Statement on Racism


Statement on Racism Lake Junaluska Assembly, Inc. Board of Trustees Lake Junaluska was established by people of the Christian faith more than 100 years ago and has continued to be led by followers of Jesus Christ throughout its history. People of the Christian faith believe in a God of love. Not only do Christians believe that we are loved by God ...

Joint Statement of Bishops Kopacz, Seage and Swanson


Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, We are honored to join with the good people of our state in the celebration of Mississippi’s Bicentennial, 200 years of statehood. This milestone has already been celebrated in numerous ways across the state, and these celebrations will culminate with the opening of the Museum ...

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