Virginia delegation pauses to honor Bishop Kammerer

By Neill Caldwell, editor of the Virginia United Methodist Advocate

Bishop Kammerer responds to tributes made to her at the Virginia Conference banquet at General Conference.
Bishop Kammerer responds to tributes made to her at the Virginia
Conference banquet at General Conference.

Virginia delegates and guests gathered Tuesday evening in a hotel dining room for a dinner for fellowship, laughter and a chance to honor Bishop Charlene Kammerer, who will retire this summer.

The Rev. Tammy Estep, representing the Cabinet; Shirley Cauffman, representing conference laity; and the Rev. Tom Berlin, chair of the Episcopacy Committee, all rose to speak words of thanks and love to Kammerer for her eight years of service in Virginia.

“The word that keeps coming up about her is ‘pastor,’” said Berlin, who leads the delegation this year. “Bishop Kammerer has remained a strong and caring pastor, both to her pastors and everyone in the conference.” Berlin turned to the bishop and said “whatever bruises you have suffered have helped you see the bruises of others.”

Rachel Hundley, the Rev. Amanda Garber and the Rev. Alex Joyner perform a skit lampooning General Conference.
Rachel Hundley, the Rev. Amanda Garber and the
Rev. Alex Joyner perform a skit lampooning General
Conference. The Rev. Marc Brown also participated
in the skit. 

There will be a more formal presentation when the full General and Jurisdictional Conference delegations gather at Lake Junaluska in July.

“It has been a joy to serve with you in Virginia,” Kammerer said. “I will certainly take away more good memories than bad.”

The bishop came to the dinner from presiding over a session of the General Conference Tuesday afternoon. She brought as her guest the Rev. Pam Cahoon, her longtime friend and a clergywoman in Florida.

Delegates also enjoyed a few moments of comedy from the Rev. Alex Joyner, who lampooned the General Conference experience and also brought up Rachel Hundley, Amanda Garber and Marc Brown for a wacky skit.


Members of the Virginia Conference who were attending General Conference gathered for a banquet May 1.Members of the Virginia Conference who were attending General Conference
gathered for a banquet the evening of May 1.

 

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