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Looking ahead to General Conference next year

By Heather Hahn Dec. 18, 2023 | CHARLOTTE, N.C. (UM News) After a four-year delay, the next General Conference is rapidly approaching in just over four months. With time of the essence, the commission that plans The United Methodist Church’s top lawmaking assembly met...

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New staff person announced in Connectional Ministries

December 12, 2023 Rev. Amanda Garber will join the Connectional Ministries staff on January 1, 2024 as the new Director of Missional Engagement.  Garber served most recently as Lead and Founding Pastor of RISE in Harrisonburg, Va., which began as a new faith community...

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Communication of Revised Clergy Housing Policy

Communication of Revised Clergy Housing Policy. 11/30/23 In order to provide greater equity in clergy housing, the Bishop and Cabinet, with input from the Just Compensation Task Force, has approved a revision to the Clergy Housing Policy at their November meeting....

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Partnering with FAMIL to Help Wounded Heroes

Partnering with FAMIL to Help Wounded Heroes

As we approach this Veterans Day weekend, the Virginia Annual Conference recognizes the work of the VAUMC Refugee Response Team. This team shares the following message and opportunity with the membership of the Virginia Annual Conference:Veterans Day is a day to honor...

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Global Ministries Announces Recent EarthKeepers Trainees

Global Ministries EarthKeepers is a program to train and support United Methodist laity and clergy in addressing local environmental concerns and the systemic structures that give rise to those concerns. It is a response to the call to practice social and...

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Becoming a Climate Just Congregation

By: Brian Christoffersen In response to the growing evidence of climate change’s harm to the most vulnerable and creation, our dependence on dirty energy sources, and unjust energy burdens, we are called through God’s love to the transformative work of a  Just Energy...

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Prayers for Peace in Israel & Palestine

Prayers for Peace in Israel & Palestine

October 9, 2023 At the Special Called Annual Conference on October 7, 2023, Bishop Sue shared the following regarding the erupting war in the Holy Land, "We awoke this morning to news from Israel and our own divisions seem minor compared to the huge strife that some...

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Mission Project: McPherson Residence

From: Keith Vernon, PastorProvidence UMC (Patrick)I am pastor at Providence UMC in Patrick County on the Mt. View District.  We are currently undertaking a major mission project that is beyond our capacity to complete without the help of the connection.  It is our...

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Open Enrollment begins Oct. 9 and will end Oct. 31

Open Enrollment for Benefit Plan Elections 2024 will begin on Monday, October 9th and end on Tuesday, October 31st.Open Enrollment is the annual period when all benefits eligible Virginia Conference active clergy, pre-Medicare eligible retired clergy, and lay...

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UMC and BSA agreements remain the same from 2022

It is that time of year when your church may consider renewing or establishing agreements with community organizations or ministries, including the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). On December 21, 2022, the conference shared information about BSA and approved agreements...

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Pray for Hawaii

Pray for Hawaii

UMCOR is coordinating with the California-Pacific Annual Conference to process an initial grant for emergency supplies such as shelf-stable food, water, hygiene items and tools to help survivors recover belongings as first responders continue to provide initial aid in...

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Additional Just Resolution reached in June 2023

A Just Resolution was reached in the complaint pending against Rev. Dr. Rhonda VanDyke and an agreement was signed by all parties on June 14, 2023. In an effort to promote ongoing dialogue and broader reconciliation and healing within the body of Christ, the parties...

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New staff announced in Connectional Ministries

New staff announced in Connectional Ministries June 27, 2023 Three new staff will be joining the Connectional Ministries Team in Summer 2023. Rev. Dr. LaKeeyna Cooper will start July 1, 2023 as Director of Missional Engagement. Cooper served most recently as Director...

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AC 2023 Report

2023 Virginia Annual Conference: United as One in Mission You can view all the proceedings of AC 2023 by visiting the archived livestream of the 241st session: https://vaumc.org/ac2023/.  You can view photos from the event at the conference Flickr page.  The 2023-2024...

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Joint Statement on Just Resolution

A Just Resolution was reached in the complaint pending against Rev. Andrew Stanton Ensz and an agreement was signed by all parties on June 5, 2023. The complaint against Rev. Ensz was made after he performed a same-gender wedding on September 21, 2019, a ministerial...

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