About The West Ohio Annual Conference 2013:
June 9 - 12, 2013
Lakeside Marblehead, Ohio
Bishop Palmer's Annual Conference Welcome:
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ Jesus:
That for which we have waited has come at last—namely the start of the 44th Session of the West Ohio Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. I am grateful that God in God’s grace and mercy has privileged us to come together once again to tend to God’s business on the shores of Lake Erie.
We will worship, study, pray, deliberate, vote, eat, party and so much more, but when all is said and done the measure of the worth of our being together will be whether we tended to God’s business, God’s work, God’s people.
I heard or read somewhere that to do theology was to care about what God cares about. So my prayer for our days together is that God’s mission in the world is at the heart of all we are and all we do, because if God doesn’t have a mission then God doesn’t need a church much less a United Methodist Annual Conference.
Thanks for being here and for tending to this life transforming mission every day, everywhere, all the time. I am,
Yours for the sake of God’s mission,
Gregory Vaughn Palmer, Resident Bishop
Ohio West Episcopal Area, The United Methodist Church
What is an Annual Conference Session?
Each year—usually in May or June—all clergy members and an equal number of lay members selected from the local churches attend their conference’s Annual Conference sessionmeet together to worship, fellowship, and conduct the business of the conference, which may last 3-5 days. During these sessions, members of the conference hear reports of past and ongoing work; adopt future goals, programs and budgets; ordain clergy members as deacons and elders; and elect delegates to Jurisdictional and General Conferences (every 4 years). The bishop presides over these meetings.
To read more and see the daily videos vist the West Ohio Conference Page (here).