Sounds of Diversity call Annual Conference Session to order

June 21, 2007

The 159th Annual Conference Session of the California-Nevada Annual Conference began with the sounds of diverse cultures - Conch shells from the Pacific Islands, a taiko drum from Asia, and prayers spoken by Native Peoples. It was a fitting introduction to a session defined by its theme, Celebrating our Diversity and Unity in Christ.

More than 1,000 clergy and laity from the seven districts that make up the California-Nevada Annual Conference have come together at the Sacramento Convention Center. For the next four days they will worship, and conduct the business of the conference, which will include hearing and voting on legislation, and electing delegates to next year’s General Conference in Fort Worth, TX, and fellowship with each other. During this time eight new clergy will be ordained. Several new Volunteers in Mission teams will also be commissioned.

The session will conclude on Sunday, June 24 with a worship service that will feature an exciting work of music composed to honor Charles Wesley. The Cantata, The “The Good Samaritan: Through the Eyes of the Victim.” will be performed under the leadership of Global Praise director S.T. Kimbrough. The program will be open to the public.

A full report on the work of the 159th session of the Annual Conference will be available early next week through the Instant Connection and on the website.

Photography by Paul "Spud" Hilton