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News from the Virginia Conference - August 17, 2017

Bishop Lewis shared her further reflection on Charlottesville on Monday
Bishop Lewis shared further reflection on the past weekend’s events from Charlottesville on Monday. Lewis shared that “Hatred of any kind, including racism, is intolerable” and that as Christians and United Methodists “We must eliminate racism and not stop until it is fully and irrevocably gone.”
Lewis also shared steps to moving forward which included: prayer, witnessing, preaching and combating racism. One of the ways that the conference and local churches can join together is through the Convocation on Race and Reconciliation to be held April 14, 2018. Preparations have been underway for the event and more information will be shared soon. More…

Two Virginia UM pastors mentioned in UMNS report about Charlottesville events
United Methodist News Service (UMNS) shared a story about how United Methodist pastors across the nation talked about the events of this past weekend in Charlottesville. The Rev. Phil Woodson, associate pastor at First United Methodist Church in Charlottesville, and the Rev. Chenda Lee, adult discipleship pastor at Annandale UMC in Annandale, were mentioned in the article. More…

Recovery help still need in Hampton Roads area
Long-term recovery is still needed in the Hampton Roads area. Michele Michaelian, VAUMC Hurricane Matthew Long-Term Recovery Coordinator, is requesting signups for volunteers for a day from Sept.-Nov. Work to be done is drywall, flooring, painting and cabinet installation. Contact Michele at

UMC resources available for racial justice
The United Methodist Church website offers stories, resources and tools to learn more about the issue of racism and ways that United Methodists can actively advocate for the fair treatment of all people. More…

'Shock, dismay and grief' over Charlottesville
Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, released a statement on the events in Charlottesville, Virginia. “I pray that the shock, dismay and grief of Charlottesville will be a turning point for the U.S. and even our global United Methodist Church,” he wrote. “We share collective responsibility to turn our thin words into thick action.” More…

Open letter to U.S. attorney general
The Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, top executive of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, wrote an open letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the wake of the Charlottesville violence. “From one southern United Methodist to another, I implore you to prayerfully and actively work to protect the civil rights of all people,” she wrote. More…

Guam church prays for restraint on nuclear threat
Blustery talk from North Korea about missile attacks on Guam is not new, says the Rev. Johann M. Osias, senior pastor of Guam United Methodist Church, part of the denomination’s California-Pacific Conference. At Sunday worship, his congregation’s pastoral prayer called for “wisdom and restraint” at a time of greater danger. More…

♦ Goodson Preaching Academy- Oct. 3, 2017
Registration is now open for “Stir up the gift: Fan into flame the gift of God,” a one-day preaching enrichment experience, Tuesday, Oct. 3 at Aldersgate UMC, Charlottesville, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $35 by Sept. 1 and $45 after Sept. 1. Course is worth 0.5 CEU. Dr. Teresa Fry Brown, guest presenter, will give two talks on effective sermon preparation and delivery and preach the closing worship service. Register via the conference website by going to Calendar and then to Oct. 3. For questions, email

♦ 5 Talent Academy- Oct. 19, 2017
Registration is now open for the 5 Talent Oct. 19 event, "How to Structure your Church for Evangelism" with Jacob Armstrong. Armstrong will lead the event in exploring key principles for evangelism in local church including crafting a vision that fits your mission field, rethinking worship and leadership development and structure. The event will be streamed to locations across the conference. Gather a team from your church to take part. Early bird pricing as well as team discounts are available. Visit link for more information and to register. More...

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