October 22, 2020 | by Admin ,JB Brayfindley
San Francisco Episcopal Area Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño called to order the 172nd session of the California-Nevada Annual Conference on September 17, 2020, the first to be held as a virtual only event. The Session worked to align its prayerful reflections on the theme of the postponed 2020 General Conference, “Know that I am God,” based on Psalm 46.
The Session was grounded in worship focused on affirming that God whom we know in our living and in our dying, is present, able, and faithfully walking with us into our future.
Devotionals also addressed healing in the time of COVID-19, overcoming racism and racial inequity, and the importance of committing to demilitarization and peace-making as people of God. A virtual Memorial Service was also held.
The Session ended on September 20th with its Ordination, Commissioning, and Recognition of Orders service which was held in-person but outdoors under special safety protocols. In this service 5 were ordained elders and 2 were ordained deacons and all received into full connection.
Of those commissioned, 7 were commissioned and received as provisional elders and 2 were commissioned and received as provisional deacons. Having their orders recognized and welcomed into full membership were 2 elders, one from the Methodist Church in Brazil and the other from the Korean Methodist Church. In addition, 2 were received by transfer from other United Methodist Annual Conferences.
The Laity led the Session in examining the role of the Church in addressing the challenge of the Black Lives Matter Movement to stand against racism and racial inequity. A panel and other thought-provoking moments invited the lay and clergy members to consider The UMC’s own complicity in institutional and structural racism.
A total of 51 youth and young adults were elected to register and participate in this years annual conference session. Many of the group are also serving as members of the postponed General Conference 2020 and the postponed Western Jurisdiction Conference sessions which are slated for 2021.
The Session also addressed the following resolutions in its long history of commitment to compassion and social justice, ecumenism and interfaith relationships, and care for Creation: