From the Bishop
Cynthia Fierro Harvey
Kathryn Enix Moore
Executive Administrator to the Bishop
October 7, 2020 Friends,
We find ourselves at a unique time in the life of the church and the world. The word unprecedented has been used more than ever before. I have looked for synonyms but find none more appropriate.
We have faced multiple crises this year: COVID-19, economic crisis, crisis of racial injustice, disasters, political crisis. Any one of these would have been enough; all at the same time have put a stress on our already stressed systems and have forced us to think differently about everything we do in our lives and in our ministry. Pastors and laity, you have adapted to new ways of worship, you have learned all about Zoom, you have changed how you interact with people, how you learn and how you go about your daily life. It has wearied you, but you have persevered.
Three years ago, when we chose our theme who would have ever imagined we would find ourselves here - preparing for a virtual Annual Conference.
We are in unprecedented, unknown and uncertain territory. YET, of one thing we remain certain, God is with us. God was with us yesterday, is with us today and will be with us in all of our tomorrows - day after day after day……
I beg your patience as we live into this virtual Conference. It will be like none before. I will miss seeing you in person and taking our annual photos together and sharing a meal with you, but I am confident that our time together will be rich and formative as we continue to shape the United Methodist Church in this unique time. What an opportunity we have before us!
We will care for the essentials. We will celebrate in worship and commission and ordain those who have looked forward to this day for a long time.
It will be different AND God will be with us on November 21 and every day before and every day after - day after day after day after day. . . . .
Grace and Peace,
Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey
Resident Bishop, Louisiana Area
The United Methodist Church