"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."(John 1:6)
We are grieving the loss of Nelson Mandela, yet offer praise to God for his amazing life and witness as a servant leader for the whole world.
In South Africa, people of all races have been gathering at Mandela's home, laying wreaths, singing freedom songs, whispering prayers, and performing the shuffling celebrative dance in his honor.
We mourn and pray together in solidarity with the people in South Africa at this moment. Apartheid was his enemy and injustice was his firm rejection. He dedicated his life's journey to dismantling racism within people and institutions, finding the path of fairness, God's justice, and reconciling harmony among the races.
I know you join me in concern for the ongoing struggle in the United Methodist Church regarding full inclusion of our GLBT clergy and laity. Our Council of Bishops is in deep discernment and prayer about how to address the difference of opinion in light of our diversity and deep desire to demonstrate open hearts and minds. I invite you to pray especially for Bishop Melvin Talbert and the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops as they work through the next steps following the recent events at the Council of Bishop’s meeting. “May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters. Amen.” (Galatians 6:18 NRSV)
Click here to read the recent Statement from the Council of Bishops.
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
I know you are praying with me for the people of the Philippines as they seek to recover from the terrible typhoon Haiyan, which hit them last week Friday, November 8. As President of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), I, along with the other bishops who are gathered for our Council of Bishops meeting this week, have been kept up to date on the recovery efforts. And, we have joined often in prayer for all those affected, and for all of us around the world who are responding to the needs of others.
An immediate grant of $97,000 has been released to provide emergency food, water, and water purification tables to about 7,500 people in the Tacloban City in Leyte, Province, one of the areas hardest hit by the typhoon. I invite you to read more details about our emergency efforts here.
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