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News from the Virginia Conference - August 9, 2018

Charlottesville clergy hope for peaceful weekend
Members of the Charlottesville Clergy Collective, including United Methodist ministers, will be a major force in the efforts to maintain peace as the city marks the first anniversary this weekend of a “Unite the Right” rally that turned deadly. It is uncertain whether a potential for violence, such as occurred during last year’s rallies, will recur. On Aug. 12, 2017, the rally held by white supremacists to oppose the planned removal of a Robert E. Lee statue from Emancipation Park became violent. More...

Rally in Washington, D.C. promotes love, peace
On Aug. 12, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Washington, D.C., United Methodists, along with other faith leaders, activists, entertainers, politicians and organizations, will leave their pulpits and pews on a Sunday morning to unite to love, and to condemn all manifestations and acts of hate. “United to Love: A rally for Love, Peace, and Justice,” comes as a response to the anniversary of the “Unite the Right,” a white supremacist rally held last year in Charlottesville, Virginia on Aug. 12. This year, in Washington, D.C., Unite the Right leaders are expected to commemorate this event. Learn more at www.unitedtolove.org.

Mission Opportunities Booklet, August Advocate now available
The Mission Opportunities booklet, which shares how you and your local church can support various ministries such as UMCOR, is now available. You can also download the front cover as a coloring page at www.vaumc.org/MOB. The August Advocate, with a Mission Opportunities insert, is also now available. This issue recaps Annual Conference 2018 and shares local church stories from around the conference, including the new “Safe Zone” ministry at Worship and Praise in Richmond, Va. To subscribe to the Advocate, you can call  804-521-1100 or visit www.vaumc.org/AdvocateSubscribe

TUMCU provides loan options for college students, seminary students
The United Methodist Credit Union (TUMCU) is offering SnapLoan, an educational line of credit available to help with the funding gap once scholarships, subsidized federal student loans and college savings accounts have been exhausted. Their program comes with exceptionally low rates for students attending any accredited college and even lower rates for students attending seminary or United Methodist affiliated schools. In just three years, TUMCU has provided students with over $1,000,000 in educational funding. SnapLoan is structured as a low fixed rate line of credit with no application deadlines and no FAFSA required. Visit www.tumcusnaploan.com or call 866-657-0004 for details.

Complaints against Sessions dismissed
The formal complaints against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions filed by fellow United Methodists under church law have been dismissed by a district superintendent, with backing by the Alabama-West Florida Conference bishop. The complaints concerned Sessions’ role in zero-tolerance border enforcement. More…

Perspectives on Decision 2019
Circuit Rider, a publication of the United Methodist Publishing House, offers varied perspectives as The United Methodist Church prepares for the special General Conference in 2019. More…

Conferences unite on welcoming immigrants
While United Methodists differ on how the denomination should regard homosexuality, they speak with much broader agreement on immigration. Heather Hahn, United Methodist News Service, has an overview of how annual conferences around the world are responding to current events. More…

Pastor seeks end to death penalty
A retired Nebraska United Methodist pastor is still working to end the death penalty, which the denomination has officially opposed since 1956. More… 

♦ Bishop's Convocation on Prayer - Sept. 15, 2018
Both laity and clergy are invited to attend the Bishop’s Convocation on Prayer on Saturday, September 15, 2018. The event will be held at Reveille UMC, 4200 Cary Street Road, Richmond, VA 23221. The registration cost is $10 and includes lunch. Deadline to register is September 8. Contact Marc Brown for questions at MarcBrown@vaumc.org. More…

♦ Embrace: Clergywomen's 2018 Retreat - Sept. 25-26, 2018
Embrace 2018 is the first gathering of the Virginia clergywomen in 30 years! Join for two days of worship, study and community. Engage in hands-on missions, show off your skills in a Talent/No Talent Show and participate in panel discussions on change and growth within your own ministry context. But most importantly, connect with other clergywomen and claim a renewed sense of call. Be inspired. Be nourished. Be embraced. Event will be held September 25-26, 2018 at the Virginia Crossings Conference Center in Glen Allen. Click link for more information about schedule, grant money, registration and more. More…

♦ Virginia Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation- Oct. 14-19, 2018 
Registration is now open for the 2018 Virginia Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation to be held Oct. 14-19, 2018 at the Roslyn Retreat Center in Richmond. Sponsored by the Virginia Conference in cooperation with The Upper Room, this retreat is open to clergy and laity who are seeking to deepen their relationship with God through prayer, learning, and worship. This year, faculty leaders will be Dr. Luther Smith, professor emeritus at Candler School of Theology; and Dr. Amy Oden, professor at St. Paul School of Theology at Oklahoma City University. Registration at link. More…

♦ 5 Talent Academy- Oct. 30, 2018 
Registration is now open for the 5 Talent Academy event “Influence: Worship 2018.” Event takes place on October 30, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will be hosted live from Floris UMC in Herndon and will be livestreamed to 12 locations. For more information visit www.vaumc.org/5Talent or contact the Center for Congregational Excellence at 804-521-1100.


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