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Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Annual Conference 2020

7/24/2020

Dear Friends, We have planned three 2020 North Alabama Annual Conferences under the leadership of Director of Connectional Ministries Linda Holland and the planning team she leads. That’s right – three! The first one was scheduled for Sunday, May 31- Tuesday, June 2 but due to the COVID-19 pandemic was postponed to Sunday, August 16- Monday, August 17 which for the same reason was postponed to Saturday, September 26. The Annual Conference planning team has been flexible and grace-filled through ...


Help incoming college students connect with a Wesley Foundation this fall

7/23/2020

Even under normal circumstances moving from high school to college is a stressful time in students' lives, and that is especially the case right now as every aspect of that transition and campus life has been disrupted. College this fall will look different than what students were expecting when they applied, and in many cases students' first time on campus may be when they arrive for classes. With so much unknown, students fear what community, academics, and college life will be like. For both ...


Silent Retreats postponed until 2021

7/22/2020

After prayer and discussion with Sacred Heart Retreat Center about the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing requirements, Silent Retreat leaders Rev. Susie Knedlik and Deanna Shotts decided it would be in the best interest of participants and the sisters at Sacred Heart to cancel the Silent Retreats for 2020. Participants who had already registered for 2020 can choose to receive a refund or apply their payment to one of next year's retreats. Contact Deanna Shotts to request a refund or ...


Global Ministries still in mission throughout the world

7/21/2020

Our world has been rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic. Every country has had its share in many aspects of human life. We are encouraged daily by stories of hope shared by God’s people across the globe. God’s redemptive story continues to unfold each day and we are called to be part of that story. Regardless of what is going on in our world, we are still called to be in mission with God’s people from everywhere to everywhere. We are thankful for our worldwide mission relief and development agency, ...


Dismantling Racism

7/14/2020

Dear Friends, We, the North Alabama Conference Leadership Team, are dedicated to leading clergy and churches in addressing racism in ongoing and meaningful ways. We know that this begins with first recognizing our own racial biases and attitudes. We have committed to journey together over the next year as we increase our awareness, build interracial relationships and develop a lifelong commitment to racial justice. We invite you to join us on this journey. In partnership with the Ethnic ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: The Best Interests of Others

7/7/2020

Dear Friends, Like many of you, I am wearing a mask in public places during the pandemic. I am not doing this as a political statement or because of fear, but as a way of embodying Philippians 2:3-4. “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.” How does wearing a mask during this pandemic place the interests of others first? Much of the advice offered by ...


New appointment year begins July 1

7/1/2020

Today, July 1, 2020, marks the beginning of the new North Alabama Conference appointment year for 2020-2021. Historically called "Moving Day" in North Alabama, it is the day clergy begin their new appointments and congregations begin their ministries with new pastors. The following people are moving to new appointments. Please remember these clergy and supply preachers and the congregations receiving them in your prayers during this time of transition.   Appointment District Charge ...


Adult Discipleship Blog: Racial Relationships within American Methodism

6/25/2020

I have been blessed by the opportunity to teach in the Alabama Course of Study School for several years now. The work continues to be rewarding to me, and the students continue to challenge me to grow in every way—mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and theologically. I have adapted a course on the Wesleyan Movement that I teach in an online format; as I write this, the students and I are nearing the end of that course. As part of the class work for the course I asked students to write an essay...


North Alabama Annual Conference postponed until September 26 and will have a multi-venue format

6/23/2020

Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in many parts of Alabama, the in-person North Alabama Annual Conference planned for August 16-17, 2020, at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville has been postponed until late September and will have a multi-venue format. Conference leadership is committed to applying the Do No Harm recommendations (www.umcna.org/donoharm) to this year’s Annual Conference meeting. The Bishop, Cabinet and Annual Conference Planning Team do not think it will be possible to ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett:  Pivot Forward into the Future

6/17/2020

Dear friends, Perhaps some of you saw my recent video that compared two basketball moves: a pivot and a pause. An offensive player pivots away from their opponent to an open space on the court to take a jump shot, make a pass or drive to the basket. This is in contrast to pausing and then suddenly sprinting forward past the defender (also known as a stop and go move). https://youtu.be/0-cim_Hkrmc We are in a pivot or pause moment in North Alabama Methodism as it relates to post COVID-19 ministry...


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