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April 25, 2023

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Virginia News


Projected Appointments shared conference-wide

April 23-- Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson and the Virginia Conference Cabinet shared the April 2023 Projected Appointments conference-wide on April 23. View appointments...
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2023 Annual Conference Offering #NurturingTogether

The Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church is one of the largest annual conferences of The United Methodist Church. We can significantly impact the world when we all come together around a purpose. The groups and ministries supported by the offering change each year, but the goal remains the same: to assist people and ministries, both domestic and international.
The goal of the offering for 2023 is $150,000. This year, you are invited to the initiative to #nurture leadership worldwide! The Virginia Conference will support Refugee Resettlement, Food Insecurity in the Commonwealth, and Partnerships of Hope’s leadership programs in Brazil, Mozambique, Cambodia, Native Americans, Haiti, and Vietnam through this offering. The offering will be collected on June 15, 2023, during the Opening Worship at 10 a.m. Thank you for being part of the effort to #nurturingtogether! Learn more...

Information shared about May 6 Special Annual Conference

On Saturday, May 6, 2023, a Special Annual Conference via Zoom Webinar will be held. At 8:30 a.m., an optional Q&A will be held for any members who have questions concerning the Special Annual Conference. At 9 a.m., the Annual Conference session will convene to consider the ratification of 64 local churches that seek to disaffiliate from The United Methodist Church over matters of human sexuality using Paragraph 2553 of the Book of Discipline. AC members have received information about this session via email and it can be found at
Questions concerning the Special Annual Conference may be directed to the Rev. Dr. Steve Summers at [email protected].

Connect students with campus ministries

The Virginia Conference supports 13 campus ministries at colleges and universities across the Commonwealth, and additionally, four United Methodist colleges and universities. Our campus ministers provide opportunities for students to worship, to study, to serve, and to grow as leaders. You can find information for each campus here:
To help our campus ministers connect with your students, please complete this form as soon as you know where students will attend: If you prefer to email a spreadsheet that includes an entire list of students, their contact information, and the college or university they will attend, please email it to [email protected].

For clergy, completing this form fulfills the requirement of ¶232 of the Book of Discipline that you must notify the chair of the conference Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry (that paragraph also requires notifying the district superintendent and the charge conference, which this form does not accomplish). This form also fulfills ¶256.3d, which requires local church youth coordinators to provide student information to the chaplains and campus ministers.
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UMFS Giving Day for Foster Care is May 3

United Methodist Family Services (UMFS) is kicking off National Foster Care Month with a special Giving Day to support children and teens in foster care. Please mark your calendar for Wednesday, May 3 to support UMFS Giving Day for Foster Care.
There are 5,117 children in foster care in Virginia. More than 400 of these children are waiting for a foster family. The need is critical. Your caring donation will help provide the loving home these children deserve. Visit to learn more.
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Volunteers needed for AC camera operators

The Annual Conference Tech Team is looking for volunteers to act as camera operators during the 241st Session of the Virginia Annual Conference. Please share your interest, availability, or questions to [email protected].
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VWU joins Reconciling Ministries Network

(Pictured from left) Marie Porter, Director of Campus Ministries; Rev. Beth Givens, Associate Chaplain and Pastor of Haygood UMC; student Brynna Lister, President of Spectrum; and Scott D. Miller, President of VWU.
Virginia Wesleyan University (VWU) is pleased to share that it has joined the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN). In celebration of its recognition as an RMN campus, Virginia Wesleyan's Campus Ministries and the student group Spectrum hosted “Navigating LGBTQ Identities and Religion." The event included a respectful dialogue on the intersection of sexual identity and faith. Virginia Wesleyan believes that it must always work and strive to deepen understanding and sensitivity regarding all perspectives surrounding diversity. As a residential campus, Virginia Wesleyan provides students the ability to practice living, learning, and collaborating with others in an environment that is both challenging and supportive in all aspects.
Founded in 1984, RMN is an organization committed to the equitable treatment and acceptance of all United Methodist community members including full participation of LGBTQIA+ people. Since its beginning, RMN has worked to address institutionalized homophobia in The United Methodist Church and its influence now spans four continents, five countries, 1,378 churches, organizations, and campuses, and includes 45,108 individual registrants.
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Reserve Display Area space now until April 28 for 2023 Annual Conference session

Display Area space is now available to reserve for the 2023 Annual Conference session. Guidelines for the Display Area space are available. Reserve an area at this link by close of business on April 28:
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Seminarians discuss in podcast their ministry, hopes for Church

Looking for content to listen to as you drive home, work out, or cook dinner? The Connectional Ministries office has several podcasts including the Audio Advocate that shares news and ministries. Listen on "The VAUMC Connection" now on Apple, Spotify or the conference website. The April Audio Advocate episode shares a conversation with Rev. Crystal Sygeel, Associate Director for Call & Candidacy for the Center of Clergy Excellence, and two seminarians: Bayo Ogungbade at Union Presbyterian Seminary and Meredith Webb at Candler School of Theology as they reflect on call, the status of the church as they discern a call to ministry, and hopes for the church. Listen now to episode...

Deadline for The Servant Sister Scholarship is July 1

The Virginia Conference has deployed clergywomen in a variety of ministries since 1961. The Servant Sister Scholarship capitalizes on this legacy by supporting the theological training of future clergywomen. If you are a woman enrolled in an accredited United Methodist Seminary, the Servant Sister Scholarship is accepting applications from now until July 1. Contact Co-Chairs Rev. Joanna Paysour and Rev. Lindsey B. Freeman for more details.

Learn more about UM missionaries in Zoom conversation

Are you interested in learning more about United Methodist missionaries? Do you wonder what day-to-day life is like in mission? #STILLINMISSION is a monthly Zoom event where you can hear first-hand experience from missionaries about their call to mission and the communities they serve. Join to see how missionaries share God’s love in partnership with communities around the world.
The next episode of #StillInMission is Thursday, May 4, 12 p.m. (ET) for conversations with missionaries:
Fatuma Kutela, Angola
Anna Troy, United States
Dan Randall, United States
Courtney Randall, United States
Gaston Ntambo, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Register now...
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Join upcoming ERT training events

The Virginia Conference Disaster Response Committee invites members of the Conference to prepare and train to be part of future ERT (Early Response Team) Training. Early Response Teams respond during the first phase of disaster relief, providing a Christian presence. Your church and community could also be faced with a disaster. Train to be ready to respond and know the first steps to help. Find upcoming trainings...
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R-MC Convergence registration open now

Applications for Convergence 2023 are open! Randolph-Macon College's summer Youth Theology Institute on Faith and Science will be held July 18-23 this year. The event is open to students who are finishing their 9th, 10th, or 11th grade year in the next few months.
The '23 Convergence theme is Food, Faith and Farming. We have a lot of exciting activities and experiences planned including:
• Field trips to Sophia Farm, Fitrah Farm, Shalom Farm and Babylon MicroFarm
• A special project with the Ashland Farmer’s market
• The Theology of Soul Food, a speech and cooking demonstration with author, James Beard award winner, and certified barbeque judge Adrian Miller
• Workshops on campus
• Planning and helping to lead worship at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church on the R-MC campus.
Cost to attend is $350. Financial Assistance is available if needed. All Convergence campers receive a $1,000 scholarship if they attend R-MC for college. You can find more information and the link to apply here. For questions, email [email protected].
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Library association hosting spring event

The Virginia Church Library Association (VCLA), a non-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to the support and advancement of Christian ministry through the local church library, is hosting a spring event Friday, May 5 and Saturday May 6 online or in-person. This training event is for church librarians and others interested in this work. The organization started in 1958 and continues to provide training and networking of church library workers twice a year at spring and fall conferences.
Memberships, conference fees and occasional special projects provide funding for the organization’s work. Consequently, it is essential that interested persons become members and attend conferences so these services can continue and keep this ministry alive. Learn more...
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Candidates sought for open positions in Connectional Ministries Office

April 5-- Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson and the Virginia Annual Conference Common Table announced plans for a reorganization in the conference Connectional Ministries Office.
In the reorganization, the current offices of Learning, Influencing, and Serving will become the offices of Missional Engagement, under the leadership of the Director of Missional Engagement (to be hired), and the Office of Discipleship and Congregational Vitality under the leadership of Mr. Dwayne Stinson, Director of Connectional Ministries for Discipleship and Congregational Vitality. Mr. Stinson and Rev. Dr. Jonathan Page, Director of Connectional Ministries for Innovation and Creativity, will share the role of Director of Connectional Ministries. Read more...

The new, open positions in the Connectional Ministries Office will better meet the needs of the Virginia Conference in mission and ministry and have intended start dates of May 2023. The positions are:
-Director of Missional Engagement (View job posting) (Apply for job)
-Assistant Director of Missional Engagement (View job posting) (Apply for job)
-Assistant Director of Discipleship and Congregational Vitality (View job posting) (Apply for job)

Another open position in the conference, reporting to the Bishop and Assistant to the Bishop, is:
-Director of Advocacy (title TBD) (View job posting) (Apply for job)

Please visit this website to apply. Questions about the jobs may be sent to [email protected]. Read more...
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Videos share resources for 2023 AC members

The Conference Lay Leader Martha Stokes and the conference Communications Office created video resources for Annual Conference members prior to the 2023 Annual Conference session. Four videos have now been released:
Video 1: Welcome from Bishop Sue
Video 2: Welcome and music from AC Conference co-directors and a chance to meet the band
Video 3: Martha shares responsibilities for lay members and reporting back to local churches.
Video 4: Conference Secretary Rev. Joshua King shares information about motions and more.
Watch videos...
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Opt-in for physical copy of 2023 Book of Reports; learn more about AC 2023

The 241st Session of the Virginia Annual Conference will be held in-person from Thursday, June 15 – Saturday, June 17, 2023, at the Berglund Center in Roanoke, Va. Hotel registration opened on Monday, March 6, 2023.

The Book of Reports will be available online in early May. You can request a physical copy until April 28 to be delivered by mid-May. Fill out this form to get a physical copy. Limited printed copies will be available at the June AC in Roanoke for purchase.

The link for registration and the Annual Conference agenda are now available. Information about displays is forthcoming.
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Submit nominations for Green Church Award

The Virginia Board of Church and Society are accepting nominations for the 2023 Virginia Annual Conference Green Church Award and Sustaining Green Church Award. Applications should be completed by May 14.

In 2009, the Virginia Annual Conference established the Green Church Initiative and called churches to "green" their ministries. To recognize the continuing work of creation care in the Virginia Annual Conference, the board is asking for nominations to receive the Green Church and Sustaining Green Church Award during the Virginia Annual Conference during June 15-17, 2023 session.

Recipients of these awards strive to affirm the importance of healing and defending God's creation in their mission as local congregations. They are engaged in this ministry in worship, learning and teaching, individual and congregational lifestyle and community, national, and global advocacy/involvement.

Send any questions to Brian Christoffersen at [email protected].

VAUMC Board of Church and Society Green Church Award Application

VAUMC Board of Church and Society Sustaining Green Church Award Application

General Church News


'Hot dog church' serves up lunch, hospitality

UM NEWS— For more than 20 years and far too many helpings of chili to count, members of Gethsemane United Methodist Church have served up hot dogs and fellowship each Saturday to people from all walks of life. The church offers Christian hospitality and serves as an economic difference-maker in its community. Learn more...
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Kids help plant trees to fight climate change

UM NEWS— A $3,000 grant from the All Africa Conference of Churches kickstarts tree-planting program at United Methodist Murewa Mission. Learn more...
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Liberian bishop: ‘Agriculture and evangelism go hand in hand’

UM NEWS— Since he was elected in 2016, Bishop Samuel J Quire Jr. of the Liberia Conference of The United Methodist Church has emphasized the need for his churches to become more financially self-sufficient. One of the ways he hoped to do so was through agricultural projects by the United Methodist Rural and Agriculture Development Program (UMRADP). Quire and UMRADP director the Rev. Joseph Theoway discussed the status of those goals with UM News. Learn more...

One Last Word

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