Brothers and Sisters,
Grace and peace to you in the name of Christ Jesus. I write to you from the Council of Bishops meeting being held at Epworth by the Sea. Here is the report of what we have worked on:
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Georgia - The Council of Bishops ended its November 2018 meeting by taking the following actions, among other decisions:
- Released a Narrative of Our Leadership, describing the work that bishops have done since 2016 and leading up to the 2019 Special Session of General Conference.
- Adopted a statement from the Ebony Bishops, calling on the church to take a stance against racism and white privilege in the United States.
- Affirmed Global AIDS Day, and asked bishops to promote the advance special for United Methodist Global AIDS Fund (Advance #982345) and find ways to promote World AIDS Day which is December 1.
- Approved replacements to fill gap on the General Conference committees for the 2019 Special Session to be held in February.
- Approved creating a writing team to pen a pastoral letter to the global LGBTQ community.
- Approved a statement from the Immigration Task Force regarding Central American Migrant Caravans, calling on governments to treat these migrants in ways that recognize and respect their God-given humanity with compassion and dignity.
- Affirmed COB President Bishop Ken Carter as the preacher for the opening worship service at the 2019 General Conference.
- Approved a proposal from the Connectional Table and United Methodist Communications to reword the language of the Four Areas of Focus.
We continue in session spending time strengthening our leadership skills.
Thank you for your prayers. I give God thanks for your commitment to Christ Jesus and your faithful discipleship.
Your Sister in Christ,
Bishop Minerva G Carcaño