The United Methodist Church
Virginia Conference

March 29, 2017

Dear Friends,

On April 2-8, the Virginia Conference will engage in an intentional time of prayer for the mission and unity of The United Methodist Church.  Specific to this focused prayer ministry will be prayers for the work of The Commission on a Way Forward.  You may access resources for this week of prayer on the conference web site at  

In addition to this week of prayer, I invite our annual conference to join together in praying that God’s will be done as the Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church meets on April 25-28.  One of the items on the Judicial Council’s docket will be the consideration of the Western Jurisdiction’s July 2016 election of Bishop Karen Oliveto.  A question and answer document has been produced by the Southeastern Jurisdiction’s College of Bishops in preparation for the upcoming meeting of the Judicial Council.  This document may be accessed at

As the resident bishop of the Virginia Conference, I offer my prayers that God’s voice may be heard through the ministry of The Commission on a Way Forward, the upcoming meeting of the Judicial Council, and the ministry of the Virginia Conference.

In Christ,
Sharma D. Lewis




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