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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...


Council of Bishops statement on the Scourge of Racism

6/8/2020

The past few weeks have left many hurt, angry and outraged as we have witnessed the deaths of unarmed Black persons at the hands of police and racism; Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and the countless others whose names are known only to mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and friends. Many bishops have worked to amplify and magnify one another’s voices. The words of Bishop Bruce Ough, resident Bishop of Minneapolis area, were a clarion call to the crisis before us, “There is more ...


A Pastoral Letter to United Methodists of the Southeastern Jurisdiction

6/5/2020

Picture: The Southeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops gathered at the conclusion of the 2016 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina   Brothers and Sisters: As president of the Southeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops my heart rejoices over the bold, courageous, and compassionate offering of confession, lament, and call to action by our white brothers and sisters of the SEJ College and the gracious acceptance of this act of truth telling as we journey ...


Bluff Park UMC continues to support mission work in Chile

6/4/2020

Bluff Park UMC has supported missionary Rev. John Elmore’s work in Chile since 2007. One of about 65 United Methodist Churches throughout the U.S. that support him as Covenant Churches, we honor his work with three commitments: to pray for our missionary and his work; to contribute financially to his work; and to send a team at least once a year to work alongside of him. John Elmore has done missionary work in Iquique, Arica, Talca, El Vergel and Angol (where he currently works). He is ...


Fair Haven welcomes new Medical Director

6/3/2020

Methodist Homes of Alabama and Northwest Florida has announced that Dr. Lee Thomas Wimberly has taken on the role of Medical Director at Fair Haven, Birmingham’s largest continuing care retirement community. Dr. Wimberly and his team oversee the day-to-day medical needs of patients at Fair Haven’s 42-suite rehabilitation center and up to 214 other long-term care residents on the campus. Dr. Wimberly has spent almost the entirety of his life, schooling, and career in the Birmingham area. He ...


Rural United Methodist congregations are eligible for bricks-and-mortar grants through the Renfro Trust

6/2/2020

The Renfro Trust Fund awards annual bricks-and-mortar grants to small rural United Methodist congregations in the Southeastern Jurisdiction. Churches in unusual or challenging situations for which insufficient funds are available from other local sources are eligible for the grants. Grants, with the maximum amount of $5,000, are considered for projects involving new or existing church buildings. Repairs required to maintain the structural integrity or soundness of the church building may be ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: George Floyd’s killing

6/1/2020

Dear Friends, The senseless killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, has shaken our nation to the core. The fact that the inhumane and unjust treatment of Mr. Floyd is not an isolated incident in our country adds to the pain, fear and outrage felt by countless Americans. The situation is made worse by uncertainty about whether all of those involved in George Floyd’s death will be held accountable. George Floyd’s killing has brought to the forefront several issues that must be addressed in our ...


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