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May 14, 2024

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In this week's edition of the Advocate, you will find:

  1. Quick Links
  2. Virginia News
  3. 2024 Annual Conference News
  4. UMC News
  5. Missional Highlights from General Conference

Quick Links

Virginia News


Local church is hub for healthcare, education, afterschool programs

ANNANDALE TODAY--In a recent Annandale Today article, the a new community-serving initiative is finding a home at Culmore United Methodist Church. Read more...

Register: Why Regionalization Matters webinar

The 2024 United Methodist General Conference endorsed Worldwide Regionalization - a plan that will reshape our denomination and enable us to remain united in mission and ministry across diverse contexts around the world. This plan represents the biggest change to our denomination in a generation - and will need to be ratified by Annual Conferences before it takes effect.

On May 29 at 7:00 PM, members of the Virginia Conference Delegation will host a webinar to help explain why regionalization matters, what it is (and what it isn't), and how it's an essential step forward for the future of The United Methodist Church. This webinar will be recorded for later viewing. Register now...

Register now for "Growing Young Retreat"

Registration is now open for the "Growing Young Retreat: Six strategies to help young people discover and love your church" hosted by the Virginia Annual Conference from October 18-19, 2024.

Where: Roslyn Retreat Center, 8727 River Road, Richmond, VA 23229
Cost: $75 per person (includes lodging and meals); $50 per person if commuting
This event is open to all: Clergy, Laity, Children's Ministry Leaders, Youth Ministry Leaders, Family Ministry Leaders, Staff, Volunteers, etc. Register now...

Connect students to campus ministries

As high school seniors graduate this season, you can help connect those planning to attend college with a ministry home away from home. The Virginia Annual Conference supports 13 campus ministries and 4 United Methodist colleges/universities across Virginia. Our chaplains and campus ministers are excited to connect with students from your congregation as they head off to school.

Please take a moment to provide the conference office with contact information for every student who will be enrolled in a college or university this fall (Para. 232 and 256.3d in the Book of Discipline). Our VAUMC campus ministers and chaplains reach out to incoming students over the summer, and welcome freshmen as they arrive on campus in the fall. You can find the form to submit information here.

Here's a video featuring our campus ministries, and more information about contacting our ministries here.

Save Oct. 14 &15 For Duke Divinity School Convocation

Save the dates of October 14 & 15, 2024 for the 2024 Convocation and Pastors’ School at Duke Divinity School. This year’s theme is Pulpits in Many Places: Embodying Christ in the World inspired by Acts 1: 8. The plenary speakers will be Bishop Gregory V. Palmer, Resident Bishop of the West Ohio Annual Conference and member of Duke University’s Board of Trustees, artist and Duke Divinity alumnae Lanecia Rouse, and Duke Divinity School Professor Bishop Will Willimon.
The evening of October 14, Kate Bowler will host a live session of her Everything Happens podcast. Her guest this year will be Coach Mike Krzyzewski. In addition, there will have an inspiring selection of seminars. Learn more...

Annual Conference News

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Clergy Reminder: New badges at Annual Conference registration

This year, permanent Photo ID for all UMC clergy who meet requirements (i.e. those who qualify for a "white" badge under the Standing Rules) will be reissued. This identification is designed to replace the paper badges issued at Annual Conference for those clergy as well as serve as a means of identification for clergy who need it (i.e. hospital entry, etc). This id will be issued to clergy members at registration at the June 2024 Annual Conference session, and clergy will then be responsible to keep track of their badge for future conference events.
umc news

UMC Bishops to promote ratification of regionalization legislation

At the conclusion of the General Conference in Charlotte, N.C., the Council of Bishops (COB) of The United Methodist Church has committed to vigorously supporting the delegates from around the world who have overwhelmingly passed legislation regarding the regionalization of our worldwide church. Learn more...

Historic conference comes to a close

On the final day of a General Conference eight years in the making, delegates turned to setting the budget that will fund the ministries of the denomination for the next four years — one that is about 40% lower than the budget passed in 2016. Learn more...

One Last Word

United Methodists are known for our love of gathering together with food. What is your go-to recipe for a Church potluck? (Shared from United Methodist Facebook page)
three bean salad
Please send any issues or concerns to [email protected]. If you have issues with the formatting trying to forward (especially in Outlook), you can use the following link. More...
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