The Pointe Expresses Desire to Leave The United Methodist Church


Greetings Mississippi Conference, The members of The Pointe United Methodist Church in Brandon recently participated in a called church conference to individually affirm membership or withdraw from The United Methodist Church.   Please accept this communication as our commitment to transparency to keep you informed of ongoing processes. The ...

Bellwether Expresses Desire to Leave The United Methodist Church


Greetings Mississippi Conference, Bellwether United Methodist Church in Jackson recently held a called church conference to express a desire to leave The United Methodist Church.   I was present to answer questions and respond to concerns. To be clear, Bellwether is still continued as a United Methodist Church of the Mississippi Annual Conference ...

Bishop's Statement on Alleged Clergy Misconduct


Greetings to each of you, I come to you to share what I can about a difficult event that we became aware of near the end of last week. One of the members of our covenant community of clergy was arrested for alleged sexual misconduct with minors. It breaks our hearts, yet we seek to be the church in the midst of great pain.   Some of you may be ...

Bishop Swanson Provides Clarity on Two Recent Church Conferences


Greetings Mississippi Conference, I’m writing to provide clarity on the events and outcome of a recent called church conference at First United Methodist Church of Louisville, and a called church conference at Bevil Hill United Methodist Church that were held due to persons in both congregations expressing a desire to leave The United Methodist ...

The Hour Attends Billy Graham Funeral


CHARLOTTE — About 2,000 people filled a huge white tent last Friday for a private funeral outside the Billy Graham Library to honor the iconic evangelist who preached to over 210,000,000 people (in person) across the globe. The Mississippi Annual Conference was represented in that number by The United Methodist Hour. As a part of the selected ...

Love and Repentance: When Ash Wednesday Falls on Valentine’s Day


Image by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications Love and repentance: When Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day By Polly House Dentist appointments, vacations, work or worship — our calendars tell us when and what we have to do. They help us avoid conflicts. But, what about when Ash Wednesday, the fasting-and-repentance start of Lent, ...

UM Leaders Respond to #metoo and #churchtoo Movement


The Council of Bishops and the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women are responding to the recent #MeToo and #ChurchToo movements. The statement is as follows:  Over the recent weeks and months, and continuing on a seemingly daily basis, the media have been saturated with stories of persons coming forward with allegations of sexual ...

Commission on a Way Forward Prepares Updated Report to Bishops


DALLAS - The Commission on a Way Forward is nearing the completion of its task of making recommendations of possible ways forward for The United Methodist Church regarding the inclusion of LGBTQ persons in this global denomination. The 32-member Commission concluded its three-day meeting in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday after reworking sketches of ...

Millsaps College's Spiritual Formation for Youth and Worship Resourcing Academies


Dear Mississippi Annual Conference, Greetings from Millsaps College! On July 1, 2017, I began a new appointment as director of church relations and chaplain of Millsaps College. In this new capacity, it is my joy to steward the relationships among the three stranded cord of our conference, our college and our Center for Ministry (see Eccl. 4:12). ...

Student Cohort Retreat Produces Spiritual Growth


By Jasmine Haynes, Communications Specialist   Sounds of laughter erupted from a group of teenagers swapping funny youth group stories that soon drifted into a quiet contemplation as they explained a shared fear of the uncharted territory that they would soon be entering called 'college.' These students are from various regions of the state with ...

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