CONNECT – INSPIRE – ENGAGE – REPEAT

The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body.                     1 Corinthians 12:12

 Words from our DS Anita Hahn

Dear Friends,

As we find ourselves just days away from the beginning of Annual Conference, I hope that you are beginning to feel comfortable with the schedule and legislative items that will call for our participation and vote.  Recently, the words that have been a part of my prayer for you and our time together at Annual Conference come from John 17:11.  Jesus prays, “I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you.  Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me so that they may be one as we are one.”

Randie Clawson shared that if you are coming in on Wednesday there is one more option available.  May 30, 10:AM-4:PM is a workshop that will help local church members look beyond the borders we have created in our local towns, in our cities, and in our minds, and move to ministry with our neighbors, especially our Hispanic/Latino neighbors. There is a flyer available http://2018.michiganumc.org/homepage-v2/beyond-borders-workshop/

Pictures will be taken of ALL clergy so that a directory for the new Michigan Conference can be compiled.  This will be a great way for us to get to know each other!

There will be New District Breakfasts starting at 6:30 a.m. on Friday:  Northern Skies will be on Level 17, Northern Waters in Tower C and Midwest will be in Tower AB.

This last week you should have received an email telling you which legislative team you will be a part.  You should have received a link to “One Cookie at a Time,” from the Annual Conference which reviews the legislative process.  If you did not ask for a printed copy of legislation, bring your electronic device or print a copy for your use during the Plenary Sessions.  It is good to become familiar with the legislation so that when you hear what is on the Consent Calendar, you know if you are comfortable with that decision or not.  For issues that will come before the conference, it is good to have a basic understanding of the issue before you are asked to vote. All of the resolutions shed light on topics that each of us needs to be aware.

Although we are hearing much about, “The Way Forward,” changing the language in the Book of Discipline in regard to our LGBTQ Brothers and Sisters is not what we will be voting on Rev. Dale Ostema writes a good reflection on The Way Forward for Traverse City Central UMC.  I invite you to read his insights (http://www.tccentralumc.org/a-way-forward/) and follow the links suggested to see the whole picture of the conversation before The United Methodist Church.

Bishop David Bard will share his understanding of how we are moving toward General Conference Special Session 2019.  Resolution #14 does call us to unity in the midst of diversity.  We are being asked to keep working together, as one body, amongst our many understandings of God’s grace, to love the world for Jesus!

Join me in praying for our time together.  May we know that God is guiding and equipping us!

Rev. Anita K. Hahn