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After a six-month medical leave, Bishop Sharma D. Lewis’ return to the Virginia Conference is planned for September 2019.

Lewis started her medical leave at the beginning of March as she underwent several hip surgeries. In her absence, Bishop Peter D. Weaver, retired bishop, was named the interim episcopal leader.

Lewis said she is appreciative of all the prayers and gestures of care and concern she received from around the conference and United Methodist connection. She has steadily improved in her recovery and the time frame of her return is contingent on her continued healing and by advisement of her medical team.

Lewis also wanted to share her appreciation to Bishop Weaver for his calm and steady leadership in this interim period. She asks that the conference be in prayer and give thanks for the ways that Bishop Weaver has led and served this conference.