Lifelong Learning Events


September 21:  Bishop's Convocation on Prayer  Trinity UMC - 903 Forest Ave, Richmond.   9:30 AM - 3:30 PM. CLICK HERE for more information including registration.  

October 14:  Goodson Academy for Preaching presents Preaching Through Troubling Times featuring guest speaker, John W. Kinney, PH.D. CLICK HERE for more information including registration.

October 18-19:  Fresh Expression Unity Retreat:
Over approximately six months, Learning Community cohorts meet for two weekend retreats, monthly connection and support through coaching. Teams and individuals discern and implement intentional steps toward developing fresh expressions of church appropriate to their unique contexts. CLICK HERE for more information.

October 24Re-Calibrate.  9:30 AM - 1:30 PM. Virginia State University Multi Purpose Center, Petersburg, VA.  A VAUMC clergy day apart experience to reconnect, celebrate and have a healing moment with Bishop Sharma D. Lewis.  Clergy are asked to make this gathering a priority to attend whether they area active, retired, bi-vocational, extension ministers, or supply pastors.  CLICK HERE to register.  This is the only location it will not be live streamed to other venues.

October 29:  Associate Members and Licensed Local Pastors Fellowship featuring Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker, on the topic of "What Is The Gospel". CLICK HERE for more information.

November 13 and 145 Talent Academy- ENGAGE 2019: Community TransformationClick HERE for information and registration.   Wednesday, Nov 13 will be a Clergy-only event at Woodlake UMC and will feature Bishop Ken Carter, Florida Conference UMC.   Thursday, Nov 14 will be the main event at Woodlake UMC and live-streamed to 11 locations, including Thrasher Memorial UMC in Vinton, on the Roanoke District.  Bishop Carter will be preaching and speakers will be the Rev. Michael Adam Beck,  the Rev. Jaqueline Lewis, the Revs. Andy and Anjie Woodworth.  If you plan to attend in person, every fifth person in a group goes free.  Fees: Nov 14 -$35; Nov 13&14 - $60, or Nov 13 only $50.  Registration costs increase after Sept 30.  Contact MaryKaye Cochran at 


February 15:  Leading On the Edge:  Racial Reconciliation.   A forum for discussion of racial issues affecting our communities.  To be held at Central UMC, Salem.  More information will be available soon. 

March 15-20:  2020 Virginia Five-Day Spiritual Formation Academy "Songs for the Journey," a time of  Spiritual Refreshment while exploring and experiencing the beauty and spirituality of Psalms and Hymns.  CLICK HERE for more information.

Year Long

Bishop's 2019 Bible Study - Since 2017, Bishop Lewis has been encouraging the Virginia Conference to read the Bible in a year -- with a different challenge each year.  For 2019, the Bible Challenge is a blend style of ready -- a mixture of Old and New Testament readings each day. In this new year, challenge yourself to study the Bible and strengthen your faith in the process.  Click HERE for the 2019 Daily Readings.  

VAUMC QUADRENNIAL CLERGY ETHICS TRAINING:  Offered in each district once in the quadrennial.  CLICK HERE for schedule and registration.