BATON ROUGE, La. – The bishops of the South Central Jurisdiction have joined together to produce a campaign focused on stories that connect people and proclaim that #WeAreMore when united through Jesus Christ.The campaign, called “We Are More,” is designed to engage the people in the pews through sharing and listening to one another’s stories.
“People seem to be anxiously bracing themselves as we draw near to General Conference. Some hope for change, others fear division, and most feel uncertain about what may happen,” said Bishop Robert Schnase of Missouri. “Instead, we wanted to inspire people to remember that discipleship in Jesus Christ is more than buildings and structures, more than those in worship, more than the United Methodist Church, even more than the issues that divide us. Regardless of what happens at General Conference, United Methodists will continue to be called by God to ministries that transform lives, that offer hope to an anguished world, that relieve suffering, and that offer God’s grace to everyone. Sharing stories of how God uses ordinary people and works through ordinary congregations each and every day reminds us not to forget the kingdom work needed in the days following General Conference.”
The campaign will feature video, audio and blog stories with a participatory component. Anyone can upload their own story via the website, www.wearemore.faith for consideration in the campaign. Look for #WeAreMore stories in your social media networks. Antidote, a St. Louis-based agency developed the campaign in relationship with the South Central Jurisdiction episcopal leaders.
“This is a campaign that we would like to see gain momentum across the global connection,” said Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey of the Louisiana Annual Conference. “We hope people will feel free to watch, download and share these stories in their social media networks, feature them in worship and small groups, and upload their own #WeAreMore stories of how the Holy Spirit is working among us.”
The campaign will be at General Conference in Portland May 11-12 in the Oregon Ballroom Lobby, with the Missouri Annual Conference communications team capturing video and audio stories for the campaign which is expected to run throughout the summer.
The Bishops of the South Central Jurisdiction represent United Methodists in Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. The Bishops include Bishop Earl Bledsoe (Northwest Texas-New Mexico), Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey (Louisiana), Bishop Robert Hayes Jr. (Oklahoma- Oklahoma Indian Missionary), Bishop Janice Riggle Huie (Texas), Bishop Scott Jones (Great Plains), Bishop Michael Lowry (Central Texas), Bishop Michael McKee (North Texas), Bishop Gary Mueller (Arkansas), and Bishop Robert Schnase (Missouri).