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Learning and Listening

by: Debra Wallace-Padgett


Dear Friends, The Cabinet and I have focused this Fall on learning and listening through “Days in the Districts.”  As a result we have gained many new insights about the North Alabama Conference.  We expect more of the same in coming months. What will we do with our learnings?  We will process and apply these insights to our vision, strategies and goals.  More info will be forthcoming about the understandings we are gaining. Thanks to the many clergy and laity who have participated in the ...

What a wonderful beginning we celebrated together

by: Debra Wallace-Padgett


Dear Friends of the North Alabama Conference, What a wonderful beginning we celebrated together this past Sunday evening at Canterbury UMC as we launched a new chapter in our history. Many individuals and groups worked together to make Sunday’s service a beautiful occasion. A special thanks to: Rev. Dr. Bill Morgan, Rev. Warren Nash and the Canterbury United Methodist Church and Staff who hosted us with much grace and hospitality; Rev. Mikah Hudson and the team he led in planning and ...

Clergywomen welcome Bishop Wallace-Padgett at special lunch


Sixty-five clergywomen of the North Alabama Conference welcomed incoming Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett at a apecial luncheon at Camp Sumatanga on October 1. Reverends Sherill Clontz and Sherri Ferguson organized the event with special help from Reverend Rachel Gonia, with no agenda for the gathering other than introductions and conversation. Camp staff served a wonderful meal of soup - tomato bisque or vegetable barley - and a selection of salads - pimento, chicken, pasta and green salads - as ...

Annual Conference 2013

by: Debra Wallace-Padgett


Dear Friends, Though October has just arrived, the Conference staff and Cabinet are already making plans for Annual Conference 2013. My desire is that this will be a time of celebration, community-building and connecting. The goal is that the worship will be inspiring . . . teaching will be excellent . . . and business will be accomplished with expediency and grace. Here is what every lay and clergy member is invited to do to help make these goals a reality. Mark your calendars now for the date...

Invitation to attend or view a Service Celebrating the Episcopal Assignment of Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett


North Alabama United Methodists are invited to a Service Celebrating the Episcopal Assignment of Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett on Sunday, October 7, 2012, at 5 p.m. at Canterbury UMC in Birmingham. Bishop Wallace-Padgett will preach during this communion service. A reception to greet her and her family will follow. During the service, clergy will process wearing black robes and white stoles.  Laity are invited and encouraged to attend. As a way more North Alabama United Methodists can be a part ...

Thank you for the warm hospitality and welcome

by: Debra Wallace-Padgett


Dear Friends of the North Alabama Conference, Thank you for the warm hospitality and welcome that you have extended to my family and me since the announcement of my assignment as your bishop. I have been humbled by the many notes, emails and other expressions of welcome that I have received from you. Also, it has been a gift to have so many of you praying for my husband Lee, our children and me throughout these summer weeks of transition. I feel privileged to join with you in ministry here in ...

North Alabama congregations to observe Day of Prayer for Bishop on Sept. 2


On September 1, 2012, Bishop Debbie Wallace-Padgett will begin her assignment as Bishop of the North Alabama Conference. Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, is a day of prayer for Bishop Debbie Wallace-Padgett as she comes to share in ministry among us. Every congregation is encouraged to pray for our new Bishop by name during worship.

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