Bishop Harvey Calls for Pause on Matters Related to Disaffiliation During Advent

November 07, 2022

The following statement has been issued by Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey as she calls for a pause on all meetings and conversations related to matters of disaffiliation. This pause is for November 20, 2022 - January 1, 2023.

In the letter, Bishop Harvey says, "We must give our undivided attention to celebrating and proclaiming the Good News of Jesus coming into the world and into our lives to love, save, heal, reconcile, and make all things new."
 
 
Dear Clergy and Laity of the Louisiana Conference,


Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

As the seasons begin to change, our spiritual focus does as well. 

A voice cries out: 'In the wilderness, prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for God.
Isaiah 40:3

Autumn is one of the busiest seasons in the life of our local churches. These next few weeks and months are both exciting and busy.

We've enjoyed joyful pumpkin patches, we've held necessary charge conferences, and we've remembered the saints of the church on All Saints Sunday.  

In the blink of an eye, we will gather for Thanksgiving, a time to focus on giving thanks and praise for the joy and blessings in our lives. 

Shortly after, we will turn our hearts toward Advent and prepare our hearts for the coming of the Lord. 

And then, of course, we will all celebrate the birth of Jesus with Christmas, which falls on a Sunday this year.

We must give our undivided attention to celebrating and proclaiming the Good News of Jesus coming into the world and into our lives to love, save, heal, reconcile, and make all things new.

From November 20, 2022 - January 1, 2023, I am calling for a pause on all meetings and conversations related to matters of disaffiliation.

I pray that this sacred time will allow us space to breathe, refocus, and place our awareness and focus on this Holy Season.

Grace and Peace,
Cynthia Fierro Harvey 

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