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Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Spiritual Direction Certification Process offered in North Alabama


Dear Friends, This past Sunday, 13 persons completed North Alabama's first Spiritual Direction Certification Process sponsored by Perkins School of Theology in partnership with the Conference's Board of Ordained Ministry. The coursework took place over a two year period at Sumatanga Camp and Conference Center. (Find more information at As a result of these two years of classes, coursework and mentoring, participants not only grew ...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Reflections on Annual Conference 2017


Dear Friends, We sang God’s Song in Tune and Rhythm at the 2017 North Alabama Annual Conference. It was truly a wonderful experience. Highlights included: extraordinary hospitality offered by host Superintendent Rev. Tom Parrish, the Northeast District volunteers and the Von Braun Center; great sermons and teaching sessions by Bishop Robert Schnase and Bishop James R. King, Jr.; an offering of more than $40,000 designated for our Ministry with the Poor Initiative; several presentations that ...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Pentecost 2017


Dear Friends, Recently my family had an 85th birthday celebration for my Dad. It included affirmation letters, pictures, gifts and of course – cake. We had fun celebrating the day Dad was born! The actual moment of a child’s birth is of great importance. But in reality the development and maturing that follows is what sets the tone for the rest of that child’s life. Today, June 4, 2017, we are celebrating Pentecost Sunday, the birth day of the church. Though we do not have pictures or videos of ...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: A Prayer for the 2017 Annual Conference


Dear Friends, Annual Conference season has arrived!   Many thanks to the staff, planning team and other leaders who have invested countless hours in preparing an inspiring annual gathering.  It will be great to worship, learn and do Conference business together. The 2017 emphasis includes: Theme:  “Singing God’s Song in Tune and Rhythm” Focus:  Healthy Congregations Special Mission Offering:  Ministry with the Poor Conference Priority I look forward to seeing you in Huntsville, June 4-6, 2017....

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Update on recent Judicial Council Decision 1341


Dear Friends, The Judicial Council in the United Methodist Church interprets specific questions related to particular situations.  During their April 25-28, 2017, meeting in New Jersey the Judicial Council ruled on several items, including a petition from the South Central Jurisdiction requesting a declaratory decision on the Western Jurisdiction’s episcopal election, consecration and assignment of Karen Oliveto. The Judicial Council stated that “it is not lawful for the college of bishops of ...

Easter Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett


Who will Roll Away the Stone? Mark 16:1-8 Have you ever driven on Mountain Parkway in Eastern Kentucky? The scenery is absolutely incredible, especially in the Spring when Redbud trees, pines, flowering plants, mountains and running water dot the landscape. But I think that the most unusual landmark is the big rock – a boulder actually. Though you might miss it if you aren’t looking for it, once you spot it you are likely to do a double take. The rock is three times the size of the car it has ...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Fresh Expressions


Dear Friends, Though much is changing in our culture and world, God continues to work through Christians to reach others for Christ. Recently the North Alabama and Alabama-West Florida New Church Teams partnered to host a day that focused on a “fresh” way of doing this. 90+ persons participated in the March 30th Fresh Expressions Vision Day hosted by Prattville First United Methodist Church. Participants learned of an evangelism process that has had a positive outcome since its inception in 2004...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: What will you add to your life this Lent?


Dear Friends, I am inspired by the season of Lent which begins this year on Wednesday, March 1. During the 40 days (excluding Sundays) between Ash Wednesday and Easter we especially focus on Jesus’ life, suffering and death on our behalf. Each year I look forward to Lenten practices. I especially appreciate the “feasting” emphasis on the day before Ash Wednesday (Shrove Tuesday); the Ash Wednesday concentration on the finitude of humanity and repenting (turning back to God); daily Lenten and ...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Refugees


Dear Friends, During the past several days, much has been written and said about the impact of the recent executive order on immigration and refugees. Though responses to the order range from outrage to support to everything in between – most Christ-followers agree on several points. We are deeply concerned about how the complex matters related to refugees and immigration affect lives and families. We serve a Savior who calls us to action that includes feeding the hungry, giving water to the ...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Impressions of the Initial Meeting of the Commission on a Way Forward


Dear Friends, As many of you know, I am one of the members of the Commission on a Way Forward. Today’s blog is devoted to sharing some of my overall impressions of our initial meeting, which took place January 23-26 ( Impression 1:  This task is both important and exhausting! It is important because it provides a venue for a group of United Methodist leaders representing diverse ideologies, theologies and ...

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