2021 Laity Session Update


Hello, Mississippi Annual Conference! This is LaToya Redd Thompson, the Mississippi Annual Conference Lay Leader, writing to invite you to the board of laity-sponsored annual informational session for the laity Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. The session will be virtual again this year. So, hopefully, you can attend!   We will discuss the two...

First Female Clergy Ordained in Miss. Dies


By Jasmine Haynes, Communications Specialist At the 2016 Session of the Mississippi Annual  Conference, Mississippi's first Methodist ordained  clergy woman, Rev. Ruth Wood, returns for 60-year commemoration of the ordination of women. Photo courtesy of Greg Campbell Photography   Rev. Ruth Wood, the first woman ordained as a Methodist minister ...

SEJ College of Bishops Calls for Special Session


The College of Bishops of the Southeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church, in accordance with ¶521 of the 2016 Book of Discipline, calls for a special session of the jurisdictional conference on July 21, 2021. The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. CST and will be held virtually. The purpose of the special session is to vote on a ...

Reflections: The Whole Armor of God


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 25, 2021 Grace and peace, In any given season, we face battles in the work, family, mental and spiritual areas of our lives. It is important to remember that it is difficult to win a war on several fronts, but we are never fighting by ourselves. With God, all things are possible.  In this webisode, we go to Ephesians 6:10...

2021 Holy Land Trip: The Fifth Gospel


Mississippi United Methodists, I invite you to journey with me on my last trip to the Holy Land as the bishop of the Mississippi Episcopal Area taking place September 16-27, 2021. Take this opportunity to explore 'The Fifth Gospel," and walk the Bible.  Visit the Mississippi Conference page of the Educational Opportunities Tours website. Download ...

2021 AC Session Dates: The Mission Continues


The Mississippi Annual Conference--empowered by love, generosity, justice and apprenticeship--forms spiritual leaders, faith communities and connections so more disciples of Jesus Christ transform the world. Friends, We are only about six weeks away from the beginning of the 2020 and 2021 Sessions of The Mississippi Annual Conference events. As ...

Pandemic Task Team Update: The Mission Continues


Brothers and sisters in Christ,   We asked in previous updates that you share ways in which ‘The Mission Continues’ in your faith communities’ outreach and ministry, even during the pandemic. We are excited to share with you a glory sighting at a small membership church in Laurel that the pandemic task team heard recently. Rev. Dwight Yates and lay...

Reflections: Faith Investments


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 27, 2021 Grace and peace, In this webisode, I talk about how we invest into retirements regularly, and likewise, we should step back and reflect on how much we've invested into growing our relationship with God.  Click on the image below, watch this video and join me today in reserving some quiet time to reflect on what...

Calling the Church to Prayer


Brothers and sisters in Christ,  I ask that when you get a chance, add the petitions that I lift up in this video to your prayer time today and for the next several days. As we pray, I encourage you to remember that even with so many things going on in the world, The Mission Continues. "Like" Bishop Swanson on Facebook at Bishop James E. Swanson, ...

General Conference Update and Implications for the Mississippi Conference


In light of the second postponement of General Conference 2020 and the Council of Bishops’ cancellation of a planned one-day General Conference on May 8, 2021, a number of you have asked what does this mean for the Mississippi Conference, and how do these decisions affect life in Mississippi and The United Methodist Church. The Mississippi ...

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