PowerPoint Presentation
from the May 22, 2022,
Congregational Meeting

Disaffiliation Information Video

Resource Links

Team Jeremiah Disaffiliation Events

May 31, 2022, Information Session

https://vaumc.org/team-jeremiah-will-answer-questions-over-zoom-may-31-7-p-m/

July 12, 2022, Question and Answer Session

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4F1-vK5qpIo

 

Pension Plan Liabilities

 

https://vaumc.org/general-conference-2022/

 

Questions Concerning Church Disaffiliation

https://vaumc.org/questions-regarding-church-disaffiliations/

 

Virginia Conference General Conference Delegates Endorse “Christmas Covenant.”

 

https://vaumc.org/virginia-conference-delegates-to-general-conference-endorse-the-christmas-covenant/

Christmas Conference Website

https://www.christmascovenant.com/pagecc

 

Article from United Methodist Insight -

A Heartfelt Plea to the WCA: Stop Lying about the UMC

 

https://um-insight.net/in-the-church/umc-future/a-heartfelt-plea-to-the-wca-stop-lying-about-the-umc/

 

Connectional Table and the Christmas Covenant

 

https://www.resourceumc.org/en/content/connectional-table-affirms-the-christmas-covenant-legislation

 

Global Methodist Church

 

https://globalmethodist.org/

 

This is the Continuing United Methodist Church

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOvU2Us6JGk

Lesbian Bishop Seeks to ‘Reshape United Methodism for a New Era’ Juicy Ecumenism

https://juicyecumenism.com/2022/01/17/lesbian-bishop-reshape-united-methodism/

 Why We Should Stay in the UMC

by Ken Carter 

(Bishop in Florida, a former classmate of Barry Penn-Hollar at the University of Virginia

 

  1. Our doctrine of grace, which is not about our merit.  We are on a journey to share this grace with a wider circle of people.  We are not there yet.  God has bid all humankind.

  2. Our journey to holiness, being made perfect in love.  We love God because God first loved us.  And we love our neighbor because we see the image of God in them.

  3. Our connection for the purpose of mission.  For example, right now this is UMCOR in Ukraine (war). A few months ago it was Western Kentucky (tornado). A few months before that it was Western North Carolina (flood).  A few years ago it was Florida (hurricane).  

  4. Our work in discipleship, from Upper Room and Walk to Emmaus to Disciple Bible Study to Covenant Discipleship to Disciple’s Path to The Bible Year to Fresh Expressions. 

  5. Our journey to inclusion, from women in ministry to the black college fund to becoming a global church to equitable compensation to struggling with our language about homosexuality.  This is not a problem.  This is the unfinished work of God in us.

  6. Our doctrinal standards, which have not changed and do not change, and our theological task, which integrates our convictions about scripture with tradition, reason and experience.  I love that we are a church with sound doctrine, and I love that the theological task is to apply that doctrine to ever changing human needs.  

  7. We are an imperfect church, the cross a reminder of our need for redemption, the flame a reminder of our hardened hearts in need of the warm fire of the Holy Spirit whose first fruit is love. We are an imperfect church because we are imperfect people—-all have sinned.  And we are better together, and no one is being asked to leave.

  8. Grace.  Holiness.  Mission.  Discipleship.  Inclusion.  Doctrinal Standards.  Theological Task.  Cross and Flame.  Better Together