Message from Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett


Sept. 26, 2013

Dear Clergy and Lay Members of the North Alabama Annual Conference,

Good things are happening in North Alabama. I am appreciative of you and your ministry. You are making a difference in your churches and communities.

I want to share with you my press release in response to an upcoming event planned by two North Alabama lay persons and a bishop from another region in the country. I have urged the bishop to not officiate at the event which centers on a complex issue that is polarizing our society and church. The anticipated media coverage of this event will test our capacity to remain focused on our vision, mission and priorities that have emerged over the past year. Please join me in committing to stay focused on the mission of the United Methodist Church to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Thank you for your prayers for all involved as well as your leadership and ministry.

Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett

Sept. 30, 2013

Dear Friends,

I posted a message/press release on the web-site this past Thursday evening so that United Methodists of North Alabama would not be caught off guard if and when our Conference receives a large amount of media coverage with the upcoming ceremony.  The result has been a lot of conversation within our Conference throughout the weekend. I have received many emails and dozens of people have posted comments on our Conference website.  Thank you for your responses.

As I listened to the conversation, I realized that it would be helpful to add to the statement for clarity. I want to share this updated statement with you.

I invite each of you to join me in prayer for the ministry of our local churches, the North Alabama Conference and The United Methodist Church worldwide.  As this and other conversations continue I encourage all of us United Methodists to model love and respect for each other even in our differences.

Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett

Click here to download press release 
- updated 09/30/2013

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