In United Methodist world, we are coming out of Annual Conference season. I was grateful to be able to contribute in a couple of different ways to covering the events of my own Annual Conference June 22-25 at Lake Junaluska. Lake “J” as many of us affectionately call it, might be the closest thing Methodists have to Rome’s Vatican. Aside from being the site of many Annual and Jurisdictional Conferences, and the home to many other Methodist gatherings and retired clergy, it houses the World Methodist Council and its museum. Thus, it represents a spiritual and geographic home for not just United Methodists, but for members of the Methodist/Wesleyan family around the globe. This year, I wrote two pieces reflecting on worship services and helped out with a couple of podcasts discussing Annual Conference. Links and descriptions follow below:
- “Remember Your Baptism” is about the opening worship service on the morning of Friday, June 24. Bishop Leonard Fairley from our neighboring North Carolina Conference preached (he’s currently assigned to Kentucky), and we all remembered our baptisms together. Besides covering the service itself, this piece covers the significance of United Methodists remembering our baptism.
- “Ordination Service – A Reflection” is, if you’ll forgive me, a bit self-explanatory. Taking place Saturday night the 24th, the ordination service was preached by Bishop Lawson Bryan of South Georgia. Here, I reflect on the impact that such a sacred service has on those who experience it, both lay and clergy alike.
- For the third year in a row, I was fortunate once more to sit in with Michael Rich in the WNCC Communications office and cover Annual Conference happenings on the UM Connect podcast. In the first episode, we discussed clergy session and the upcoming business of the week. In the second episode, recorded Saturday afternoon, we reflected on what had already gone on and looked forward to the ordination service that evening. Whether you are in WNCC or not, there are some great Methodist folks on the podcast regularly, so subscribe on iTunes and give it a listen!
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