As this issue hits your mailboxes and e-readers, United Methodist Women jurisdictional gatherings have taken or are about to take place. Every four years members from the Northeastern, Southeastern, North Central, South Central and Western Jurisdictions gather to celebrate the work of the past and coming years and to elect national leadership to the United Methodist Women Board of Directors.
These quadrennial gatherings occur the same year as the United Methodist General Conference, which concluded in May. I write this, however, before General Conference has taken place, before our global church has come together to set policy, budgets, and declare who we are as Jesus’ disciples in the world. Like the disciples before us, we struggle to discern just what it means to be disciples. I am praying daily for hearts open to the Holy Spirit and souls ready to follow where the Spirit leads. There is still poverty, oppression, violence, hunger, injustice, hate, loneliness and disregard in our world. The Church clearly has work to do, a status quo to change.
Whatever has been decided at General Conference, someone has been or is still hurting, someone has lost hope, someone has lost faith. Our prayers cannot end. Our radical love cannot cease. Your faith, hope, love in action is still needed.