Safe Sanctuaries Training Creates Safe Environment for The Most Vulnerable


By: Matthew Johnson Connectional Ministries and Communications Assistant For more than 20 years, the Mississippi United Methodist Conference has required Safe Sanctuaries policies for all churches. Safe Sanctuaries, from The United Methodist Church, is an effort to create a safe environment within our community of faith and is required for ...

The Gathering is Back!


The Gathering is Back By Matthew Johnson Connectional Ministries and Communications Assistant   The Gathering 2019. After a two-year absence we are excited to report The Gathering is back. Youth from across the connection will gather the weekend of February 25 at Christ United Methodist Church in Jackson for the biggest Jesus party of the ...

USM Wesley Celebrates Grand Opening of Equinox Coffee Shop


Students at the University of Southern Mississippi, USM, have a new place to buy coffee, build relationships and learn about Jesus. Equinox Coffee in now open inside the Wesley Foundation on campus and is proving to be a popular location for students to stop by and get their morning cup of joe. "The major purpose of opening a coffee shop inside ...

Reflections: In The Meantime - Abraham and Sarah Part 2


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 15, 2022 Friends, We're continuing in the series, "In the Meantime" where we reflect on what our response should be--in the meantime--as we wait on God to fulfill his promises. We last left off at Genesis 17 with God creating a new covenant with Abraham. If you need a review of Abraham and Sarah Part 1, click here. ...

Conference Treasurer's Notes: February


MISSION SHARES Thank you so much for your generosity in 2021. You generously supported the mission work of the annual conference ministries. The ministries are the hand and feet of Jesus and the local churches put the fuel in their “tanks” so that the mission could continue. Every line item increased in 2021. Our payout rate was up 1.9 percent in ...

Employment Opportunity: Associate Director of Lay Leadership


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 3, 2022 We are looking for just the right person to join the work of the office of spiritual leadership in resourcing the good work of the board of laity. This is a part-time position located in Jackson, Mississippi at the Mississippi United Methodist Conference office. The position is for 20 hours a week which will ...

In The Meantime - Abraham and Sarah Part 1


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 27, 2022 Brothers and sisters in Christ, I'd like to offer another thought in this series, "In the Meantime." We all have sat in a season of waiting to see a desired result and until that result happens, we sit, "In the Meantime." In this series of conversation, I want to talk to with you about what our response ...

The Circuit Rider: January 2022


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 21, 2022 In this issue of The Circuit Rider - Read about the church renamed in honor of Bishop Swanson, the next webinar in the Do You Want to Get Well? Series and an update from the conference treasurer.   Also, mark your calendars for upcoming deadlines, events and giving opportunities. Read about these happenings ...

Boy Scouts of America Update: Jan. 20, 2022


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 20, 2022 Annual Conferences to Raise Funds for Survivor Trust Fund Pending court approval of a settlement agreement in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) bankruptcy case, United Methodists have agreed to contribute $30 million to a $3 billion Survivor Trust Fund that will receive contributions from the Boy Scouts of ...

Bishop Swanson Reconsecrates Church Renamed in His Honor


By Jasmine Haynes, Communications Specialist Bishop James E. Swanson Sr., some of the cabinet and a few lay and clergy from the Greenwood District gathered in December for a service of relocation, renaming and reconsecration of what is now Swanson United Methodist Church. Due to COVID protocols, only a few representatives from the former Glendora ...

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