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Attached is a Powerpoint of The Writing Press Releases Presentation that Rev. Carl Tribett, Our District Communications Coordinator did last Fall for the District.
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West Virginia Conference United Methodist Church
Office of Connectional Ministries
PO Box 2313
Charleston, WV 25328
July 16, 2016
Dear members of the West Virginia Conference,
First, let me say I am honored and thrilled to be re-assigned to the West Virginia Annual Conference as your episcopal leader for another four years. I look forward to the ongoing and growing ministry and mission in which we are engaged for making disciples of Jesus Christ. Our goal of reaching 2400+ for Christ is not only doable it is what God in Christ has commissioned us to do so that all God’s children might come to hear and accept God’s invitation to salvation and eternal life.
Having said that, I would request that you not become distracted from this mission by the Western Jurisdiction’s election of an openly gay bishop. The decision of the Western Jurisdiction is the decision of that particular Jurisdiction and can only impact the mission and ministry of our local congregations and the West Virginia Conference if we allow that decision to become the primary concern in our churches. I would argue that Christ would not want us to allow this incident to become the primary concern nor would Christ want this to distract us from our compassionate, loving care for all people or from our responsibility to reach all people for Christ.
Additionally, let me remind you that the action of the Western Jurisdiction does not change our polity or The Discipline. Jurisdictional Conferences and Annual Conferences do not have the authority to change The Discipline. Only the General Conference has the ability to change disciplinary statements and positions.
In a statement to the United Methodist News Service, Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, said, "This election raises significant concerns and questions of church polity and unity." Ough clarified that the Council of Bishops does not have constitutional authority to intervene in the election, but "is monitoring this situation very closely." He acknowledged that some in the church will view this election as a violation of church law and a significant step toward a split, while others will consider it a milestone toward being a more inclusive church. "Our differences are real and cannot be glossed over, but they are also reconcilable," Ough said. "We are confident God is with us, especially in uncharted times and places."
I hope that you will continue to keep our United Methodist Church in prayer.
In the days ahead, the Council of Bishops, as you heard from the General Conference, are pulling together a Commission to discern a way forward for The United Methodist Church in the midst of good church members who have differences in biblical and theological interpretation on matters of human sexuality and marriage. Please pray for the work of this commission.
Above all, remember that each person is God’s chosen one, holy and beloved, created in God’s image, and because of that we all are called to put on compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3: 12 – 17)
Above all, put on love and let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts. Keep the Great Commandment and the Great Commission as the priority in your personal and congregational life. There are many who still need to be reached for Christ. God is calling us and empowering us for this work. Let us not be distracted from the mission and ministry to which Christ has called us.
Grace and Peace,
Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball