The EC District
Faith, Hope and Racial Injustice: A Response from the Florida Conference Cabinet
July 07, 2016
When they met in retreat in December 2014, the Florida Conference Cabinet released A Statement of Faith and Hope in a Time of Racial Injustice. It is re-posted today in light of recent violent events.
December 12, 2014
The statement is the fruit of prayer, searching the scriptures and listening to our communities. It is offered to the church for conversation and dialogue, and in the hope that it will be shared in worship across the annual conference in the season of Advent. Bishop Ken Carter offered the additional hope that these words "would be consecrated by God, and that our lives and congregations would be transformed into instruments of justice, reconciliation, mercy and healing." The statement speaks to recent events surrounding the deaths of unarmed young black males across our nation.
A Statement of Faith and Hope in a Time of Racial Injustice
From the Cabinet to the Churches and Extension Ministries of the Florida Conference,
United Methodist Church
We affirm that every person is created in the image of God.
We acknowledge our complicity in the sin of racism, which denies the inherently sacred nature of every person.
We confess that we have often allowed our ideological differences to become more important than our unity in the One Body.
We repent of our temptation to live in fear of one another and to seek security apart from God.
We claim the essential need for all Christians of privilege to listen and seek deeper understanding when our brothers and sisters cry out for justice.
We commit ourselves to speak on behalf of those who are denied justice.
We support the difficult work of those in law enforcement and at the same time seek ways of moving toward better community engagement.
We pledge to address the problem of mass incarceration of young black males in our society.
We pray in our own time for the fulfillment of the prophecy given to Zechariah on the first Advent:
By the tender mercy of our God
the dawn from on high will break upon us,
to give light to those who sit in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.
The Florida Conference Cabinet Members: Bishop Ken Carter, Rev. David Dodge (Assistant to the Bishop), Russ Graves (Conference Lay Leader), Rev. Gary Spencer (AC District), Rev. Annette Stiles Pendergrass (EC District), Rev. John Powers (GC District), Rev. Sue Haupert-Johnson (NC District), Rev. Tim Smiley (NE District), Rev. Bob Gibbs (NW District), Rev. Walter Monroe (SC District), Rev. Craig Nelson (SE District), Rev. Rini Hernandez (SW District), Rev. Sharon Austin (Director of Connectional Ministries), Rev. Wayne Wiatt (Director of Clergy Excellence), Rev. Clarke Campbell-Evans (Director of Missional Engagement), Mickey Wilson (Treasurer)
New appointments starting July 1st!
Let us all be in prayer for our churches, our pastors and their families as they transition. Click HERE for a list of ways to welcome your new pastor.
Attention all clergy with new appointments in the ECD. We have a new clergy orientation meeting on Thursday, August 18th from 10:00am - 1:00pm at Asbury UMC in Maitland. This meeting is for all clergy with new appointments in the ECD.
Asbury, Maitland (Associate) - Mike Luzinski
Azalea Park - Andrew Miller
Broadway/Reeves - David Carefoot
College Park - Merrill Frailey
Conway - Dianne Henry Davis
Covenant, Port Orange - B.J. Foster
Faith, Orlando - Matt Findley
First, New Smyrna Beach - Larry Wilson
First, Orlando - Shelly Denmark
First, Oviedo - Brian James
First, Winter Park/NCD Residency - Craig Blocher
FL UM Children's Home - Deacon - Madeline Luzinski
LifeSong, Orlando - Tim Farrell
Montverde - Arch Fisher
Orange City - Raphael Dessieu
Pierson - David Lumberry
Sanlando - Jacquie Leveron
Shingle Creek - Jose Carrion
A Weekend of Learning: Lay Servant Ministries
Leadership training opportunities are offered to all laity in the Local Church
Lay Servant Gathering: August 6, 2016; 9:00 am - 12 Noon
Ocoee Oaks United Methodist Church, 201 S. Clark Road, Ocoee
NOW I AM a Lay Servant, oh dear what do I do? Join us as Jim Boesch, Lyn Campbell and area pastors share their experiences, expectations and how we can, together, serve better in the vineyard. This is NOT a trainng event and there is NO CHARGE, however we do encourage you to register as early as possible so that we can plan accordingly. Click HERE to register.
Save the Date - October 14 & 15, 2016
First United Methodist Church, DeLand
We will offer Basic and Advanced Courses in English and Spanish. More information will be posted once it is available. Questions? Contact Jim Boesch email@example.com or call 407-721-0416.