June 11, 2021
Here are the highlights from Thursday:
During the opening worship service, Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar delivered his annual Episcopal Address titled, "Building Beloved Community While in a Foreign Land," based on the AC21 guiding scripture Psalm 137:4 and Jeremiah 29:11-14.
As we emerge into a new, post-COVID world, the bishop said, "Let us call on the Lord our God. Let us search God with all our hearts. Let us move forward together in a future filled with hope as we build our beloved community in new and exciting ways."
During his address each year, the bishop lays out his vision and proposals for the coming year:
Click to see a slideshow of those remembered
Rev. Dr. Charlotte Pridgen-Randolph was the 2021 Memorial Service preacher. Dr. Pridgen-Randolph, who is co-chair of the Board of
Ordained Ministry, serves the Newton (MA) UMC.
Dr. Pridgen-Randolph preached on John 3:1-11 New Living Translation where Jesus teaches Nicodemus; a passage, she said, that's "worth reading over and over again."
“Your loved ones, our colleagues, mentors, friends, preachers, and teachers have completed their work. …
“The torch, the mantle is passed on to you and you and you and I to carry on the work, the ministry, making disciples, going on missions, righting wrongs, fighting for justice, being merciful when we’d rather not, and yes, actually loving some pretty unlovable people, even exercising forgiveness.”
All of which is possible, Dr. Pridgen-Randolph said, through God’s love.
Watch a recording of the 2021 Memorial Service
Find a list of Memorial Gifts
The 2021 Laity Session focused on the guiding Scripture for this year's Annual Conference: Psalm 137:4 NIV, "How can we sing the songs of the LORD while in a foreign land?" with reflections on that theme.
The laity heard reports from United Methodist Women, United Methodist Men, Deaconess & Home Missioner Ministry, and Lay Servant Ministries.