Praying Our Way Forward January 13-19



JANUARY 15, 2019

Prayer Theme: We Stand on Holy Ground

Together, we enter this 34th week of the Council of Bishops’ call to Pray Our Way Forward. There are five more weeks before the February 23-26, 2019 special session of the General Conference begins in St. Louis. The entire United Methodist family is called to prayer and fasting for the mission and unity of The United Methodist Church.

Below you will find the names of some of our leaders who will serve as delegates.  Please join us in prayer and fasting for them—that they may be guided by the Holy Spirit in their conduct, their attitudes, and their decisions. For 12 million United Methodist around the world, prayer is the most significant and positive spiritual thing we can do at this important moment in the history of the United Methodist Church. Thank you for participating in this global prayer initiative.

Please invite your family, your small group, your local congregation, your district, and your annual conference to join us in prayer.

Together we pray for a few of the 864 delegates and 200 alternates to the 2019 General Conference:

  1. David Ralls Reed, Laity, Memphis, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  2. Schuyler J. Lowe-McCracken, Clergy, Memphis, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  3. Elyse Jeanette Bell, Laity, Memphis, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  4. Edward Royal Bromley II, Clergy, Memphis, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  5. Frederick K. Brewington, Laity, New York, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  6. Timothy J. Riss, Clergy, New York, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  7. Gail Douglas-Boykin, Laity, New York, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  8. Noel Newton Chin, Clergy, New York, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  9. Jorge Alfonso Lockward, Laity, New York, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  10. Kristina D. Hansen, Clergy, New York, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  11. Dorothee Elisabeth Benz, Laity, New York, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  12. Alexandre DeSilva-Souto, Clergy, New York, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  13. Kevin G. Goodwin, Laity, Peninsula-Delaware, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  14. Derrick Emmanuel Porter, Clergy, Peninsula-Delaware, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  15. William Westbrook Jr., Laity, Peninsula-Delaware, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  16. Megan Kyoko Shitama Weston, Clergy, Peninsula-Delaware, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  17. Eric Stephen Park, Clergy, Western Pennsylvania, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  18. Nancy Denardo, Laity, Western Pennsylvania, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  19. Robert Frank Zilhaver, Clergy, Western Pennsylvania, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  20. Richard Christian Hoffman, Laity, Western Pennsylvania, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  21. Alyce Weaver Dunn, Clergy, Western Pennsylvania, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  22. Paul Michael Morelli, Laity, Western Pennsylvania, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  23. Amy R. Wagner, Clergy, Western Pennsylvania, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  24. Diane M. Miller, Laity, Western Pennsylvania, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  25. William Bright Meekins Jr., Clergy, Western Pennsylvania, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  26. Vicki Jean Stahlman, Laity, Western Pennsylvania, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  27. John William Seth, Clergy, Western Pennsylvania, Northeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  28. Teresa L. Keese, Laity, Rio Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  29. Laura Anne Merrill, Clergy, Rio Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  30. Abel Vega Jr., Laity, Rio Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  31. Teresa Gayle Welborn, Clergy, Rio Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  32. Ralph Gene Thompson, Laity, Rio Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  33. Eradio Valverde Jr., Clergy, Rio Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  34. Carol K. Loeb, Laity, Rio Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  35. Carl Walter Rohlfs, Clergy, Rio Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  36. Jefferson (Jay) Kearn Brim, Laity, Rio Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  37. Edgar Avitia-Legarda, Clergy, Rio Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA

Together we pray for one member of the General Commission of the General Conference: Mujinga Kashala

Together we pray for one member of the General Conference Staff:  Sara Hotchkiss, Business Manager of the General Conference.

Together we pray for a few members of the Council of Bishops in the USA and around the world:
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson and her spouse, Allen Johnson, of the North Georgia Episcopal Area
Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata and his spouse, Greta Hoshibata, of the Phoenix Episcopal Area
Bishop Jonathan L. Holston and his spouse, Felecia Holston, of the Columbia Episcopal Area
Bishop Peggy A. Johnson and her spouse, Michael Johnson, of the Philadelphia Episcopal Area
Bishop Scott Jones and his spouse, Mary Lou Reece, of the Houston Episcopal Area
Bishop Rudy Juan and his spouse, Leigh Juan, of the Davao Episcopal Area

Together we pray for one member of the Commission on a Way Forward:
Jorge Acevedo, USA, Florida, elder

Together we pray for one United Methodist Commission or Agency and leader:
The General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) focuses on bringing about full and equal participation of the racial and ethnic constituencies in The United Methodist Church. The commission carries out its work through advocacy of the issues and by reviewing and monitoring the practices of the denomination. The General Secretary of this agency is Erin M. Hawkins. Click here for more information. http://www.umc.org/who-we-are/qa-general-commission-on-religion-and-race