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Judicial Council declines COB request to rule on Protocol legislation

4/19/2021

UMC File photo Members of the Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church.   PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- April 19, 2021 WASHINGTON, D. C. -  The highest court in The United Methodist Church has exercised its discretion to decline a request by bishops to decide whether the plan for separation on the part of some in the church, ...


Q&A with Bishop Swanson about Retirement

4/15/2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 15, 2021 Brothers and sisters of the Mississippi Conference, As you know, much has happened in the last year that has impacted the globe, the nation, the church and our conference. One of those effects has been the delaying of retirement for bishops. Watch this video or click on the image below to hear the options for ...


Reflections: Fear Factor

4/15/2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 15, 2021 Grace and peace, In this webisode, I discuss how fear is an emotional experience given to us by God to help us avoid dangers. However, we should not live in the spirit of fear. Get your Bibles and go to Proverbs 9:10 as we explore this topic.  Click on the image below, watch this video and join me today in ...


April 7 Pandemic Task Team Update

4/7/2021

Brothers and sisters in Christ, Mark 16:5-8 reminds us that the followers of Jesus encountered both fear and astonishment at the first Easter. In this season, believers have a shared experience of fear of the unknown in the initial days and over a year later in the pandemic. Additionally, we as Easter people share the astonishment and excitement of...


Reflections: The Value of the Journey Part 3

4/1/2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 1, 2021 Grace and peace, In this webisode, in this third installment of a conversation on the value of the journey, I invite you to see Ephesians 4:13-16 as a clear message from God that we can come out of this pandemic more spiritually mature and more built "up in love."   Click on the image below, watch this video and...


Coronavirus Relief Bill Provides $200M in Rental Assistance for Mississippi

3/29/2021

A number of important supports for families and businesses were approved in the second round of Economic Impact Payments as part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 which passed in December 2020.  Below are a few targeted programs that churches and ministries may find helpful in sharing as part of our ...


The Student Ministry Initiative: April 13

3/29/2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 29, 2021 The Mississippi Conference is excited to offer an incredible leadership opportunity for student ministry leaders—the Student Ministry Initiative. We have partnered with Mark DeVries—author of Sustainable Youth Ministry—and the Ministry Architects team to create three virtual training opportunities. These ...


You're Invited to a Zoom Lunch for End Racism for Good

3/25/2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 25, 2021 We are four months into our conference-wide initiative, End Racism for Good, and we are pleased to say that nearly 300 people have participated so far in a racial healing circle across our state. In spite of the pandemic, we’ve used technology to bring people together to have real conversations on race and ...


Special Session of General Conference Cancelled

3/23/2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 23, 2021  The theme of this year’s annual conference is 'The Mission Continues' (John 21:15-23). Indeed, this has been a difficult season for us. We have sought to faithfully do the ministry and administrative work that is required of us. We have sought at the same time to discover fruitful ways to stay focused on ...


Reflecting on Women's History Month

3/22/2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 22, 2021 Brothers and sisters in Christ, Recently, in between breaks of taping my vlog, 'Reflections' I went off script and reflected on Women's History Month. Click here or on the image below to hear my thoughts on women and their impact on the mission of the church, as well as about some of the women who were ...


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