Anna is a native of Texas and an ordained deacon of the Rio Texas Annual Conference, having been consecrated in 2016. She has been preparing for mission service since she was a summer Mission Intern with Global Ministries in Cookson, OK, in 2008. After graduation from Texas Lutheran University, with a Bachelor of Music degree in church music, she spent a little more than a year as a missionary with the Colegio Metodista in San Jose, Costa Rica.
“Sisters, we are the bold energy of God,” Harriett Jane Olson said to more than 6,000 United Methodist Women who had spent three days listening and learning to harness the power of bold.
Olson, top executive of United Methodist Women, was speaking at the final session of the 2018 Assembly held May 18-20. “The Power of Bold” was the theme for gathering.
“I believe United Methodist Women is as needed today as it has ever been,” Olson said. “We are in a position to make a change; we are everywhere; and we are connected.”
You are invited to celebrate the 50 years of The United Methodist Church at "Merging the Streams," a historical convocation at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, July 9-12. "Pietism, Transatlantic Revivalism, and the EUB Legacy in United Methodism" brings together the Historical Society of The United Methodist Church, the North Central Jurisdiction Commission on Archives and History, the Wesleyan Historical Society, the Charles Wesley Society, and the General Commission on Archives and History.
This year at Annual Conference, Cokesbury will once again provide their Ministry Resource Center, located in the Aigler Room at Fountain Inn. The store will offer a selection of books, including the Bishop's picks, speaker books, new titles, and bestsellers. There will also be opportunities for church leaders to meet with Cokesbury consultants regarding studies, curriculum, sanctuary furnishings, and more. An ordering kiosk will be available for items not offered on site, and free shipping is provided for all orders placed at Annual Conference.
Reentering society, former inmates face many challenges: Where will they work and live? Where do they belong? How will they be welcomed? How will they rebuild trust within their families and their communities?
It doesn’t matter whether the church is in an urban, suburban or rural neighborhood. Over the years, the congregation may suddenly find its membership is more reflective of the past than of the neighborhood around the church building.
That is a topic the Rev. John Edgar, pastor of The United Methodist Church for All People in Columbus, has discussed with congregations he’s served as a district superintendent and, later, as a church consultant.
Recognizing and welcoming diversity has long been a priority in The West Ohio Annual Conference. After all, inclusiveness and diversity are not only biblically mandated; they also were core components of Christ’s ministry.
Des Moines, Iowa: The Rev. Gary W. Graves, Secretary of the General Conference, announced today that an error was made in the text of a proposed Constitutional amendment as it was presented for voting, and which subsequently failed to pass. Amendment #1 of the five constitutional amendments that were approved by the 2016 General Conference--and which narrowly failed to be ratified--included a sentence which had been removed by the legislative body.