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Has Hope Ever Been in Greater Need?

12/17/2008
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, The Latin root of the word "Advent" means "an arrival" – a term suggestive of expectation, of hopeful anticipation. Christians understand that the birth of a baby in a stable in Bethlehem 2,008 years ago was - and is - the fulfillment of that hope. And surely at no time in many generations has this country been in greater need of that. As Advent gives way to the celebration of the birth of our Savior, we cannot escape awareness of the desperate circumstances ...

A Greeting From Bishop Brown to the People of the California-Nevada Annual Conference

11/1/2008
A video greeting from Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr. to the people of the California-Nevada Annual Conference is available to download from this website. Bishop Brown recorded the message as he began his third month as Episcopal leader here. Churches are invited to download the video and play it for their congregations.   It is available in three different QuickTime versions: high quality (best choice for projecting to a congregation), quick-download (best choice for most online viewing), and ...

A Message From Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr.

9/1/2008
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, May God’s Grace and Peace be upon you.   It is with great joy that I begin my work here as your Episcopal leader. The California-Nevada Annual Conference has been home to me and my family for more than 20 years, and we are delighted to be able to live and work among you again.   I eagerly anticipate the time to renew friendships and develop new ones as we move forward together in ministry, building on the work already begun.   I have already learned that you...

Bishop Carcaño Statement Concerning Council of Bishops Meeting in the Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño

Beloved Brothers,   It was with sadness that earlier today I received the announcement from our President, Bishop Bruce Ough, that our Council of Bishops would not be meeting in the Philippines next year as had been planned, due to continued terrorist activity in the country.  My greatest concern is for all of you and your families for I am aware of your bold courage in this situation.    Please know that I am praying for all of you and all our Filipino brothers and sisters in the Philippines ...

Visit with the Mendocino Circuit

October 17, 2017   Friends,   I start this pastoral report with an apology.  In yesterday’s report, I forgot to acknowledge Rev. Jola Bortner, pastor of the Rohnert Park UMC where we gathered for the meeting with the Sonoma Circuit.  She was our host pastor who reminded us in these strange unsettling days that we are in Autumn.  The seasons affirm that we are held by God our Creator who gives us the steadiness of seasons.  The conditions left behind by a hot summer are now met by autumn colors ...

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