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Southeastern Jurisdiction and Western Jurisdiction plan for church future


By Heather Hahn* UM News Two United Methodist jurisdictions held special online sessions in recent days with an eye toward the denomination’s future. On July 21, the Southeastern Jurisdiction — by a vote of 335 to 3 — approved the long-sought union of the Tennessee and Memphis conferences. With the vote, the new Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference can start operations on January 1. On July 17, the Western Jurisdiction discussed the possibility that it might need to reduce its number of bishops...

Southeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops calls for special session on July 21


The College of Bishops of the Southeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church, in accordance with ¶521 of the 2016 Book of Discipline, calls for a special session of the jurisdictional conference on July 21, 2021. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. EDT (9 a.m. Central Time) and will be held virtually. The purpose of the special session is to vote on a proposed resolution to unite the Memphis Annual Conference and the Tennessee Annual Conference into the Tennessee-Western Kentucky ...

The Council of Bishops approves episcopal supervision recommendations for SEJ


The Council of Bishops (COB) of The United Methodist Church has approved episcopal supervision recommendations for the Southeastern Jurisdiction (SEJ), due to the retirement of four bishops. The recommendations were made by the SEJ College of Bishops following consultation with the Jurisdictional and respective Annual Conference Committees on Episcopacy. This follows decisions by Bishops Lawson Bryan (South Georgia Area – South Georgia Conference), Hope Morgan Ward (Raleigh Area – North Carolina...

A Pastoral Letter to United Methodists of the Southeastern Jurisdiction


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 ...

UMC Bishops announce dates for postponed 2020 Jurisdictional Conferences


The Council of Bishops (COB) has announced the new dates for the 2020 Jurisdictional Conferences in the United States, which have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are November 10-12, 2021. The days prior to and after can be used at the discretion of each Jurisdictional Conference. In the call letter to Jurisdictional Conferences secretaries and heads of delegations, COB President Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey noted that the dates chosen by the bishops intentionally followed the ...

SEJ UMVIM seeks summer interns


The Southeastern Jurisdiction office of United Methodist Volunteers in Mission office offers an internship program each summer for young adults in the area. The eight-week program begins with students spending a week in the Birmingham office. Following this short stint of training, the next weeks are spent in hands-on mission work—three weeks at an approved domestic project and three weeks at an approved international project—and closes with a final week of debriefing back in the Birmingham ...

SEJ UMVIM Summer Internship application closes soon


The Southeastern Jusrisdictional office of United Methodist Volunteers in Mission offers a summer intern program for young adults. The eight-week program offers students the opportunity to spend the summer learning about how the United Methodist Church operates in local, domestic and global missions. Interns will spend their first week in the Birmingham office, three weeks at an UMVIM / SEJ domestic project, three weeks at an UMVIM / SEJ international project, and a final week of debriefing ...

Self-nomination deadline for 2020 delegation to General Conference and Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference extended to March 8


The deadline for self-nominations from clergy and laity seeking to be elected delegates to the 2020 General Conference and Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference has been extended to March 8, 2019. This extension allows individuals more time for personal discernment following the Special Session of General Conference meeting Feb. 23-26, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri.  During the 2019 North Alabama Annual Conference which will meet June 2-4, 2019, in Huntsville, members will elect clergy and lay ...

Ken Howle Elected Executive Director of Lake Junaluska


Pictured: The Lake Junaluska Executive Team: Rob Huckaby, Ken Howle, Mitzi Johnson and Jack Carlisle. The Lake Junaluska Board of Trustees has unanimously elected Ken Howle as the new executive director of Lake Junaluska. He will assume the role immediately. Howle has worked at Lake Junaluska for the last 14 years as director of advancement and as director of sales and marketing. He is a life-long United Methodist. He serves as a member of the church council at Long’s Chapel United Methodist ...

Jack Ewing to Retire as Executive Director of Lake Junaluska


Lake Junaluska Executive Director Jack Ewing has announced that he will retire on December 31, 2017. Over the past seven years Ewing has led Lake Junaluska following four guiding principles: clarity of mission, focus on place, support of staff and development of a sustainable business model. “Jack brought a vision to Lake Junaluska, and over the last seven years he has helped us live into that vision,” said Mike Warren, chairman of the Lake Junaluska Board of Trustees. “Lake Junaluska has ...

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