Your prayers for General Conference have certainly helped. What happens here? Celebrating: 30th Anniversary of Disciple Bible Study, 150 years of Methodist Women organizations, vitality of the churches in Europe, Imagine No Malaria, announcement of a new hymnal, 60 years of full inclusion of women clergy, and more, much more.
Worship worship worship, talk talk talk and more parliamentary procedure (maneuvering?) than any human could imagine. Wednesday was a very emotional day with attempts to force a schism in the denomination narrowly defeated. Holy Conferencing did in fact prevail and (at this point Thursday morning) we are moving forward into the next years continuing to seek true dialogue among people of differing views. Wesley would be good with that, wouldn’t he?
Keep praying. Our sermon series has really helped me keep all this in perspective of the great and long history of Christian churches renewing and refining themselves. I know the Methodist movement will continue to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, and that our congregation will continue to lead in this way.
I’ll see you in worship this Sunday,