Friends in the Alabama-West Florida Conference,
I hope this finds all of our brothers and sisters in the Alabama/West Florida Conference doing well and finding hope in the Lord Jesus Christ during these unusual times. It has now been a year since the COVID 19 virus changed our ways of living and worshipping. The one thing that did not change was God’s faithfulness to be with us. Jesus said, “And lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” God’s Word has been my comfort during this year and I am sure it continues to bring you hope as well.
I wanted to give you an update on our delegation and the work we have been involved in since our election in 2019. As all of you probably know by now the General and SEJ Jurisdictional Conferences which were scheduled for spring and summer of 2020 did not happen because of the COVID virus. As a result, the General Conference was postponed until August of 2021 and the SEJ Jurisdictional Conference could not meet until the General Conference has been in session. Therefore, the 2020 delegation has been placed on hold until the General Conference can meet.
This does not mean that your delegation has not been active. We have stayed in touch on a regular basis and have had regular update meetings with Bishop Graves. Here is the latest:
Dr. Steve Furr and I continue to represent the AWF Conference on the SEJ Committee on Episcopacy. We are still functioning as your representatives from the 2016 delegation since we have not had another SEJ Jurisdictional Conference. I am sure this has to be the longest running SEJ Committee on Episcopacy. Dr. Furr is in his sixth year serving as chair. The SEJ COE has been diligent in meeting on a regular basis.
I want to say how much I appreciate the members of our delegation for their dedication to serve in this capacity as your representatives. They have been faithful to meet and to keep informed on the issues before us. I also want to thank Rev. Ashley Davis for keeping us on track and Bishop Graves for graciously giving his time to meet with us and give his interpretation of the most recent happenings as they unfold in the UMC. Please keep us in your prayers as we move forward to proudly represent the AWF Conference.
Dr. Larry Bryars
Head of Delegation
MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL/JURISDICTIONAL DELEGATION
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