From the District Superintendent

How Will We Respond?

Posted 18 February, 2019 by Rev. Kathleen Overby Webster

What will the discernment of the 864 elected delegates, gathered from around the globe, be during the February 23-36 called General Conference?How will we as disciples of Jesus, members of the United Methodist Church, clergy and lay leaders in local congregations respond to the actions of the called General Conference?

I don't yet know the answers. 

As I worshiped with the Board of Ordained Ministry in the chapel at Roslyn Retreat Center in Richmond and saw the awe-inspiring reflection of the beautiful sanctuary ceiling through the window glass into the surrounding darkness, I was reminded of Paul's words to the church in Corinth:

Now we see a reflection in a mirror; then we will see face-to-face. 
Now I know partially, but then I will know completely in the 
same way that I have been completely known. (1 Corinthians 13:12 CEB)

There is much we don't know. There is much work ahead of us once the Called General Conference of 2019 completes its work on February 26th. No matter the actions taken there we will be called to live out our discipleship daily in a world broken by sin and hurt, disease and disillusionment, poverty and pride, hate and envy. Will we reflect Christ's light into the darkness?