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News from the Virginia Conference - Apr. 30, 2019

Bishop Weaver shares letter following Judicial Council decision
Bishop Pete Weaver issued a letter on Apr. 27 in response to the United Methodist Church’s Judicial Council’s rulings pertaining to the 2019 General Conference. Bishop Weaver also invites clergy and laity of the Virginia Conference to join him in district gatherings in May and early June to engage in conversations. Click here for details. More…

PowerPoint available from Virginia Conference Delegation and Cabinet related to Judicial Council ruling
In a desire to facilitate good communication and information around the recent Judicial Council decision regarding the 2019 Special Session of General Conference, the Virginia Conference delegation and Cabinet have constructed a PowerPoint presentation to be made available to clergy and laity in the conference. The presentation also has explanatory notes to assist. More...

May Advocate examines General Conference 2019
Learn more about the event of General Conference and response by clergy and laity in the Virginia Conference in the aftermath. You can still subscribe to the Advocate for its remaining 2019 issues—print, digital or both by calling (804) 521-1110 or  emailing; or go to Learn more about the magazine ending at 2019 and more "Frequently Asked Questions" here

Virginia Interfaith Center in Richmond shares resources in light of recent violence, hatred
The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy in Richmond is sharing resources in light of the recent violence on different worshippers of differing faith in recent weeks. Chabad Synagogue in Poway, California, was the site of an attack on the last day of Passover. On Easter Sunday, more than 300 were killed in bombings at Catholic churches in Sri Lanka. Last month, 50 people were murdered in a mass shooting at a mosque in New Zealand. In Louisiana, three African American churches were set on fire. This recent synagogue shooting occurred six months to the day of the killing of 11 worshipers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. More…

Register now for children’s mission experience in Staunton
Helping Hands is a two-day mission experience for children (rising 4th through 6th graders) offered to all member churches of the Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church. The event will be at St. Paul’s UMC in Staunton on June 26 and 27. Contact Chris Lyle at Deadline to register is May 1. More…

Bishop Weaver shares "Partners in Ministry" reflection
Bishop Pete Weaver, interim bishop of the Virginia Conference, shares weekly reflections of recent events and ministries in the conference.This week, Bishop Weaver shares about the recent attacks on worshippers of all faiths in recent weeks, gleaning, and his recent letter about the Judicial Council ruling last week.  More... 

All God’s Children Camp in need of mentors
All God’s Children Camp is just a few weeks away from giving children, ages 7 to 12 with an incarcerated mother or father, a week at camp with activities such as boating, swimming crafts, Bible study and conflict resolution. Mentors are still needed to make this possible. Ten male and five female mentors are needed. If you are 16 or older and are available for the dates of June 16-21, please contact Loris Smith, camp director, at 571-245-9591 or

Guide to Annual Conference 2019
Attendees of the Virginia Annual Conference 2019 can expect a few differences this year. The format this year is changing from a Friday-Sunday schedule to a Thursday-Saturday schedule and a 5K Walk, Run, Bike and Yoga event is scheduled. More…. Updates and more information about AC 2019 can be found at

Notice: Volunteer sign-ups, agenda now posted for AC 2019
You can find all current information about Annual Conference 2019 on the Virginia Conference website at As new information is shared, it will be updated at the same link.

Information about delegation voting at AC2019
Virginia Conference delegate Alison Malloy uses a voting machine to cast her ballot at General Conference.The Virginia Conference will elect 22 delegates to the 2020 General Conference (11 clergy and 11 laity) and an additional 11 clergy and 11 laity to join the General Conference delegates for the 2020 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. Elections will be conducted during the 2019 session of the Virginia Annual Conference to be held June 20-22, 2019 at The Berglund Center in Roanoke. The election of delegates will be conducted on the afternoon and evening of June 20.
Click here to download/read the Conference Rules for the election of General and Jurisdictional conference delegates.
Click here to download/review a booklet of laity nominees.
Click here to download/review a booklet of clergy nominees.
Persons wishing to have a printed copy of the booklets may send an email request to The cost of each printed booklet is $15 to cover the cost of printing and postage.
This information is posted on the Virginia Annual Conference website at

Conference accepting nominations for the Green Church Award
Caretakers of God’s Creation, a ministry of the Virginia Conference Board of Church and Society, is now accepting applications for the Green Church Award, an award recognizing churches in the Virginia Conference who are answering God’s call to be caretakers of God’s creation. Nominees should be churches who are dedicated to caring for and healing God’s creation, as demonstrated in five areas of church life: worship, discipleship, stewardship, evangelism and mission. To nominate a church to receive this award, please send a letter with the name, address, phone number and email of the church and a church representative. Also send a detailed description of what that church is doing to care for creation in these five ministry areas. Send all items to the Rev. Anita Mays at The deadline to receive applications is May 15, 2019. The winner will be contacted prior to Annual Conference, and the award will be presented during the 2019 Annual Conference session.


Court rulings escalate talk of church split
Rulings by The United Methodist Church’s top court on General Conference 2019 action have some church members celebrating and some planning exit strategies. Whatever happens next, it’s clear significant changes are coming to the 12.5-million-member denomination that just celebrated its 51st anniversary and remains deeply divided over the role of LGBTQ people in the church.The Judicial Council ruled that parts of the Traditional Plan are in line with the denomination’s constitution and struck down other parts. The result is that a good portion of the plan that strengthens enforcement of church bans on same-sex marriage and “self-avowed practicing” gay clergy will be added to the Book of Discipline, the denomination’s policy book. The church court, modifying an earlier decision, also upheld legislation that in effect suspends the denomination’s trust clause and opens the way for congregations under certain conditions to leave with their property. The Judicial Council stressed that annual conference approval is among those conditions. More…

New shelter helps expectant mothers
A new state-of-the-art shelter at Old Mutare Mission Hospital is a blessing for expectant mothers. The Waiting Mothers’ Shelter allows pregnant women from Makoni, Nyanga and Mutare Districts to comfortably await the birth of their child without the risk of traveling long distances after labor begins.The 60-bed shelter and outpatient department at the hospital were completed with a $350,000 grant from the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries. More…

Virginia Annual Conference - Jun. 20-22
The Virginia Annual Conference will be held in Roanoke, Va. in the Berglund Center from Jun. 20-22. More information is available at

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