“Our journey may be long or short, but every day is a blessing, every step is a prayer, and every act of mercy a statement of faith. Shadows may mark our journey at times, but we travel as a part of the company of light. The waves of new creation have swept us up in the creating, loving will of God. We have no fear. Our future is secure.” ― from “The Upper Room Disciplines 2016: A Book of Daily Devotions”
Apt words for the opening week of General Conference, the quadrennial gathering of lay and clergy delegates from the global United Methodist Church. Worship will be dynamic and diverse. Much will be discussed, debated and decided. There will be winners and losers and grace-filled moments of Spirit-led consensus. This is a very important meeting, although many United Methodists will never even know it happened!
Enjoy the story of a young Charles McClure at General Conference many years ago, and know that he is headed there again—although this time he and Suzie will stay in a hotel and not a tent. The Imagine No Malaria Executive Committee will take the conference stage on Wednesday afternoon, and I will be among them. Rachel Wright is a member of the Rio Texas delegation and has already been there for two days. We all ask for prayers for this conference and our United Methodist Church, trusting “that where 2 or 3 are gathered Christ is in the midst of them.”
There are many ways to get information about General Conference:
- The official General Conference page is updated daily with stories and pictures.
- Our Rio Texas Annual Conference has a blog covering the legislative details.
- Rev. Laura Merrill, a District Superintendent from our Rio Texas Annual Conference, is a clergy delegate and is sharing her thoughts and experiences.
- You can watch the Imagine No Malaria celebration (Wednesday, May 18, at 11:48 a.m. CST) and the rest of the General Conference sessions live at GC2016.UMC.org.
I’ll see you in church this Sunday for our own Spirit led worship.