February 16, 2017
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
As baptized Christians and children of God representing different cultures, languages, and nationalities, we will
gather together for our Christian/Holy Conferencing from June 15-17 in Manchester, NH. The theme of our Conference is "Vital Conversations: Race" with the key scriptural verse "How can we sing the songs of the Lord while in a foreign land?" (Psalm 137:4 NIV)
This scriptural verse is the expression of God’s children in Babylonian exile, but isn’t it just as true today as we find our Christian faith constantly in conflict with the values of the world? Therefore, like the Babylonian exiles, we need to ask questions such as "How can we sing new songs for the Lord in our own contexts?”
Perhaps no one has captured the seriousness of this dilemma better than Dr. Walter Brueggemann, one of the great theologians of our time, who said, “The prophetic tasks of the church are to tell the truth in a society that lives in illusion, grieve in a society that practices denial, and express hope in a society that lives in despair.”
One avenue to starting our holy conversations is to create a culture of hospitality, so we can dialogue with respect and love for one another – even though we may disagree on some matters. It is my hope and prayer that we come together fully prepared to be bathed in prayer and dependent on the Holy Spirit to guide and lead us. In doing so, may we be bonded by the love of Jesus Christ, glorifying our Creator God in every way possible.
I am delighted and pleased that Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi, Resident Bishop of the Pittsburgh Area (Western Pennsylvania Conference), and the Rev. Dr. Javier Viera, Dean of Drew Theological School, will be our guests and set a great foundation for our worshipful work by preaching and leading Bible study respectively. Dr. Mark Miller and his band will provide the music. Information on all our guests can be found on the ACsessions page of this website.
Kindly be in prayer, and encourage your congregations to be in prayer as well, so our Holy Conferencing will be a model of the respect, love, and joy of being disciples of Jesus Christ, glorifying our Creator God, and being filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. May this be our prayer!
I look forward to seeing you in Manchester.
In Christ's love,
Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar