Holy Conferencing – A Time for Consideration, A Time for Reflection
As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord[a] has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ[b] dwell in you richly; ….And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. – Colossians 3:12-16a, 17
You are invited to join your brothers and sisters in Christ for a gathering to share our thoughts and feelings as we gather around a common table. We will begin to consider what was presented at General Conference as we live out what it means to be United Methodists in the coming days. Our founder described Christian conferencing in his 1763 “Large Minutes” as: one of five channels through which God makes grace available to humanity — practices grounded in commandments from Christ. Wesley listed it alongside such disciplines as prayer, the study of Scripture, fasting and Holy Communion. (umc.org website).
Let us be in prayerful consideration for how we speak with and listen to each other about this very important time for our global, national, conference and district faith communities.
Discussion will be directed by Rev. Dr. Margie Crawford.