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Bishop and Cabinet ask North Alabama Conference United Methodist Churches to suspend in-person worship and gatherings

3/16/2020

Dear Friends, These are unusual times for us all. Indeed, most of us cannot remember a circumstance when during a time of crisis churches were asked to suspend worship services and meetings. However, in the instance of the COVID-19 pandemic, health experts warn us that it is in the best interest of church members, especially those in high-risk categories, the community, the state of Alabama, our nation and world for us to stop assembling for a period of time for worship services and other group ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Coronavirus Update

3/13/2020

Dear Friends, Blessings to you during this Lenten season. Thank you for your faithful ministry in North Alabama and beyond. The appointive cabinet and I are writing to encourage you to use your best discernment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We trust the insight and wisdom of our clergy and lay leadership in making decisions about worship, small groups and other church-related gatherings in your specific ministry context. Particularly we want to slow down the spread of the virus as well ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Coronavirus

3/4/2020

Dear Friends, Every day, the number of infections from the coronavirus is increasing around the world, including in the United States. I invite you to join me in responding to this challenging situation by praying daily, preparing for the possibilities and giving generously. Pray daily for: those personally affected by severe illnesses and loved ones’ deaths caused by the virus; individuals and businesses whose work and economic well-being are adversely impacted by the virus; a cure for the ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Lent, Prayer and Fasting

2/24/2020

Dear Friends, One of my favorite seasons of the church year is Lent, the 40 days immediately prior to Easter, excluding Sundays. (I feel the same way about Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Easter and Pentecost as well as the Ordinary Time between Epiphany/Lent and Pentecost/Advent.) The church seasons established by our fathers and mothers in the faith offer a rhythm that is good for our souls. Lent is a time of introspection and repentance in preparation for Easter Day. Initially, a period of ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Information Sessions about the protocol and other legislation

2/3/2020

Dear Friends, Many questions are being asked across the UMC about the protocol that became public on January 3, 2020. Some of the questions are unanswerable until the actual protocol legislation becomes public in the near future. However, enough information was stated in the protocol to give people a sense of what could be ahead if a legislative version of it passes at the May 2020 General Conference. Some people are embracing the protocol concept with enthusiasm. Others are disappointed with ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: 2020 Appointment-making Process

1/15/2020

Dear Friends, The beginning of each year brings with it appointment questions for United Methodist clergy and churches. Clergy ask: “Is God leading me to stay in my current appointment for another year or is it time for me to move to my next assignment? Is my ministry in this context fruitful? Are my gifts and graces what this congregation needs?” Staff-Parish Relations Committees ponder, “Are we a good match for the clergy appointed here? Are we making a difference in our community?” These are ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: An Epiphany Season Devotional

1/5/2020

An Epiphany Season Devotional Read Matthew 2:1-12 Dear friends, The 12 days of Christmas are among my favorite, beginning with Christmas Day and continuing until Epiphany, which is celebrated every January 6. A powerful Epiphany question is answered by the Magi in Matthew 2:1-12. What are we waiting for? These Magi were likely Zoroastrian priests, characterized by their knowledge of philosophy, history, geography, plants, medicine and the heavens. When they noticed the new star in the sky, they ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: God Breaks the Silence with Jesus

12/24/2019

Scripture Reading: John 1:1-18 Dear Friends, Silence can be a gift. This is especially true in our 21st-century world where i-Phones, YouTube, laptops, Zoom, television, radios and multiple other technological wonders fill our lives with noise. Though technology keeps us connected with others, it also can cause us to experience silence deprivation. I am referencing the kind of silence that we embrace because it quiets our spirits, calms our racing minds and enhances our ability to hear from God....


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Always Thankful

by: Debra Wallace-Padgett

11/25/2019

Dear Friends, In a worship service at the recent 2019 SEJ Clergywomen’s Conference, Rev. Dr. Cynthia Wilson led participants in singing the familiar round, “Rejoice in the Lord, Always.” The joy in the room was palpable as 300+ clergywomen sang over and over the words of Philippians 4:4. “Rejoice in the Lord, always: and again I say Rejoice.” (KJV)  What an appropriate song to sing as the U.S. Thanksgiving weekend quickly approaches. Yet, it was only by the grace of God that all of us in the ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: A Prayer in the face of the tragedy of the believed death of Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney

by: Debra Wallace-Padgett

10/23/2019

God of us all, On this morning our hearts break at the news that authorities delivered to us late last evening about the believed death of Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney. We grieve with all the people of Birmingham that one of our children was apparently abducted from a birthday party, killed and left in a dumpster. We know that your heart breaks, too. God, words fail to capture the deep and multi-faceted feelings we are experiencing. We are overwhelmed at the brokenness of our world when cruelty ...


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