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United Methodist Day at the General Assembly 2021

January 18 at 9 a.m. through January 22 at 5 p.m.

John Wesley encouraged members of the early Methodist movement to be life-long learners and to do no harm.  As United Methodists today, we continue to learn new things and build up our communities, protecting the most vulnerable whenever possible.

This year, United Methodists will learn to expand United Methodist Day so that we are not advocating just one day but learning and working many days to protect the vulnerable of our state and nation. United Methodist Day at the General Assembly will look a little different this year.  Some changes are required by the safety protocols employed by the state due to Covid-19.  Other changes are so that we can best use and share the resources we have.  We want you to have the best experience possible and be best equipped to continue the work throughout the year.

No parking issues, No long walks in the COLD, NO getting up before dawn for a long drive! We are going VIRTUAL (mostly)! 

We will begin by sharing various resources including videos, book and movie suggestions, websites, and other resources during early January.  We are partnering with the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (VICPP) and their “Day for All People 2021 Advocacy Week” for a week of workshops, services opportunities, prayer vigils, and so much more! Join us on Monday morning, Martin Luther King Day and spend part of the afternoon in service. Tuesday through Thursday will include workshops, meeting with your State Senators and Delegates, and more. Tuesday will feature Governor Northam as the Guest Speaker.  Friday, January 22, is United Methodist Day at the General Assembly.  We are planning opportunities for sharing and reflection, an opportunity to take part in a Prayer Vigil (both in person and virtual opportunities), and more. 

Clergy CEUs
CEU credit is available for clergy attending this event. Click here to to fill out AFTER THE CONFERENCE IS OVER in order to qualify.

Lynching and the Death Penalty: the “forgotten” history of capital punishment

The death penalty in the United States is a direct descendant of racial terror lynchings. The Rev. Robert Lewis of Charlottesville shares his community’s experience of learning the story of John Henry James and connecting it to the racialized injustice of modern capital punishment.
Click here to view video

2021 Day for All People Prayer Vigil for Lynching Victims (Friday, Jan. 22)

The modern-day death penalty is birthed out of Virginia’s history of slavery, lynching and Jim Crow segregation. As part of the Virginia United Methodist Annual Conference and Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy’s support of legislation to abolish the death penalty, prayer vigils are being held in each region of the Commonwealth, in remembrance of those who lost their lives to lynching.
The Rev. Robert D. Lewis, pastor of Hinton Avenue UMC, Charlottesville, will host a Facebook Live event on Friday, Jan. 22, at noon. To view, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1285246805193255/

Helpful Resources

Virginia General Assembly Home Page Click here
Guide on how to use the Virginia General Assembly Website, how to participate in various committee meetings, track legislation, and view Sessions of the Senate and House. Click here

United Methodist Women & VICPP: 2021 Policy Priorities

From Nov. 4, 2020, special broadcast – Show #46
Overview of Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy Priorities for the 2021 General Assembly
GUEST: Kim Bobo, Executive Director, Virginia Interfaith Center

Advocacy How-To Panel

Start Time : Jan 13, 2021 09:19 AM
Access Passcode: CLN2021!
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/AxgMsM9x3vn6vsJ4XVDO5Gkj8B9KuzYccVgNO8yy1BeaVomALc_AhiEnRyI5LXI3.TYtZocMCGaM2Icdr

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