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Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Fall 2018 Days in the District

8/14/2018

Dear Friends, I love the fall season for many reasons, including the North Alabama Conference “Days in the Districts.” Spending a day per District every fall listening, learning and dialoguing has been a highlight of my six years in ministry among you. Across the years the “Days in the Districts” have given me the opportunity to: get acquainted with many North Alabamians; discuss with clergy and laity the proposed vision, mission and values of North Alabama Methodism; share updates about our ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Commission on a Way Forward report

7/23/2018

Dear Friends, I have had the privilege of serving on the Commission on a Way Forward during the past 18 months. Thank you for your prayers and patience as this Commission formed, studied, discerned and developed a report in preparation for the 2019 Special Session of General Conference. The final report represents the work of 32 Commission on a Way Forward members from four continents, nine countries and a broad range of experiences and theological perspectives. This document includes a ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Annual Conference 2018

6/26/2018

Dear Friends, I have heard many people comment on how they appreciated the tenor and spirit of the 2018 North Alabama Annual Conference.  If you like the way our Annual Conference session went, look in the mirror as you are the North Alabama Annual Conference. From my seat as a bishop, I saw many beautiful features to the 2018 North Alabama Annual Conference. This is because you are an amazing Conference with a multitude of strengths. I particularly appreciated the: Meaningful and lively ...


Statements to Media from Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett

6/18/2018

In response to various media requests Bishop Wallace-Padgett has issued the following statements:   June 18, 2018 Statement from Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett: As United Methodists we join countless others who have expressed their opposition and heartbreak regarding immigration policies that separate parents and children. As our denomination’s Social Principles state, “We oppose immigration policies that separate family members from each other or that include detention of families with children.”...


A Pastoral Letter and Expression of Deep Appreciation to the North Alabama Conference Clergywomen

5/9/2018

Photo: Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett and her husband Lee gather with several participants of the Clergywomen Retreat at Sumatanga in 2015.  Dear Sister Clergywomen, I write today to share with you my disappointment at the news released Monday of the failure of Constitutional Amendments 1 and 2 to receive the 2/3 aggregate vote necessary in Annual Conferences across the United Methodist Church to become a part of our Constitution. This outcome has caused significant pain across the United ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Council of Bishops recommendation

5/4/2018

Dear Friends, I write this blog at the conclusion of the Spring Council of Bishops meeting in Chicago. Many of you have been in prayer about this particular meeting in which the Council of Bishops determined the Way Forward recommendation that we will send forth to the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference. Our 5½ day meeting included daily worship, much prayer and significant time in executive session with honest and caring conversation. We determined to send the 2019 General ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Council of Bishops Meeting

4/30/2018

Dear Friends, Greetings from Chicago where I am meeting with my colleague United Methodist bishops from around the globe. We have come together from all corners of Africa, the Philippines, Europe and the United States. The task before the Council of Bishops during this meeting is a significant one that will impact the 2019 Special Session of General Conference. This week we will receive and act upon the report of the Commission on a Way Forward, a group of 32 persons and three moderators who ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Easter Joy

4/1/2018

From Disbelief to Joy Luke 24:36b-48 The disciples can hardly believe it. Two days earlier all of their hopes and dreams of life in Jesus were buried with him in the tomb. Yet, can it be? Can this man standing before them be the Resurrected Jesus? Is it really him? As the reality of his resurrection sets in, their disbelief slowly dissipates and is replaced with joy. The resurrection miracle has happened. Jesus Christ their Lord is alive! That, my friends, is Easter joy at its best. It is ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: March 11, 2018 is UMCOR Sunday

2/28/2018

Dear Friends, Humanity from all walks of life and regions of the world often rally together when crisis strikes. The North Alabama Conference has been firsthand beneficiaries of such generosity as recently as the 2011 Alabama storms and tornadoes. We have an annual opportunity to give to others who have experienced crisis through United Methodist Committee On Relief offerings that occur each Spring as well as when a national or international disaster occurs. Churches are encouraged to receive an...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Vision, Mission and Appointment-Making

2/13/2018

Dear Friends, Our vision in the North Alabama Conference is spiritual leaders empowering life-giving congregations to transform the world. Our mission is to discover, develop and deploy spiritual leaders to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. This vision and mission is front and center in everything that the North Alabama Conference operational team and appointive cabinet do, including appointment-making. The appointment-making cycle is a year-round process. ...


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