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News from the Virginia Conference - June 13, 2018

Pre-Conference events being held in Hampton
If you are looking for activities prior to conference, the Kindred Project is offering a retreat from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the convention center. The Crackers and Grape Juice podcast is also hosting a live event with a night of theology and laughter with the theme of "What We Talk About When We Talk About God” at 6 p.m. at Bull Island Brewing Company. Find out more information about these events at the main AC 2018 page. More…

Livestreaming at Annual Conference 2018
Sessions from Annual Conference 2018 will be livestreamed and archived on the site starting with the Rev. Tom Berlin’s presentation on a Commission on a Way Forward on Friday, June 15 at 9 a.m. More…

Advocate story about pipeline shared by United Methodist News Service
The United Methodist News Service (UMNS) shared the June Advocate’s story about the Rev. Morris Fleischer and the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). More…

Communications office shares fun video prior to Annual Conference 2018
The conference Communications office shared a video prior to Annual Conference entitled ‘Twas the night before conference. Enjoy this video as we prepare for the conference from June 15-17 in Hampton, Va. More…

Bring cans to Annual Conference
Annual Conference attendees, pastors and lay members, are encouraged to bring at least four pop-top cans of food (meat/fish, veggies/fruit or soup/stew). In addition, staple goods like cereal, flour and boxed items (think Hamburger Helper, Ramen Noodles, grits, etc.), are readily needed and acceptable. Please try to send four boxes of food from your church. Volunteers are also needed for at least one shift of two hours to receive the food that laity and clergy will be bringing for the Peninsula Food Bank. Questions may be directed to Jim Earley at  More…

Volunteers needed for Annual Conference 2018
Annual Conference 2018 from June 15-17 cannot happen without volunteers! A weekend of worship, service, fellowship and friendship, Annual Conference is only made possible by volunteers living out their faith to service. Follow the link to sign up. More…

Annual Conference 2018: Great Day of Service registration will be available onsite
Members of Annual Conference 2018 can still sign up for the Great Day of Service taking place on the afternoon of Saturday, June 16 upon arrival to Annual Conference. At registration there is a donation to help defray the cost of a T-shirt for participants, health kits, transportation and other expenses associated with the Great Day of Service.  Please contact Marc Brown at if the amount of this donation prevents your participation in this event.

Help for churches in preparing for disaster
United Methodist Insurance has a message for local churches: While you likely can’t prevent natural disasters, you can prepare. The nonprofit has produced a free e-booklet to help churches plan for emergencies. More…

'We must disagree well'
The Rev. Gary Mason, who grew up in Northern Ireland, is well acquainted with conflict. During a recent visit to the United States — including several churches and universities within the Florida United Methodist Conference — Mason shared about his life’s work in peacemaking. More…

A founding Brethren: 10 facts about Otterbein
Philip William Otterbein, co-founder of the United Brethren, may not be well known to many United Methodists. Still, he played an important role in the development of what is now The United Methodist Church. Joe Iovino with United Methodist Communications reports on 10 facts about Otterbein’s life and why the man’s faith still inspires. More…

♦ SEJ Historical Society Annual Meeting - July 17-20, 2018 
The Virginia Conference Historical Society (VCHS) will host this year’s Southeastern Jurisdiction Historical Society of The United Methodist Church (SEJHS) Annual Meeting, whose theme is Religious Liberty in the Historic Advance of Virginia Methodism. Everyone is invited to the event held from July 17-20 in Williamsburg, Va. Those who participate in all lectures and tours of the Annual Meeting are entitled to receive one (1) Continuing Education Unit (CEU). The event will include guided tours of Williamsburg churches and Historic Jamestowne, and lecturers delivering the stories of Virginia Methodism - Origins of the Old Brunswick Circuit, Chesapeake Methodism, African Americans and Religious Liberty in Virginia Methodism and The Evangelical United Brethren Church in the Valley of Virginia.  Keynote speaker, David L. Holmes, Walter G. Mason Professor of Religious Studies, Emeritus, College of William and Mary, will discuss Religious Freedom in the Colonial Era. Attendees will also enjoy a banquet celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Uniting Conference. The three-day event costs $85, with tours and dinner meals included. Registration ends July 10. Group rates are arranged with several local hotels, but cut-off dates are in May or June, so register soon! A brochure, registration and further information are available at the link. 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…

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