As we, the California-Pacific Conference, enter into this particular moment in the life of The United Methodist Church, we are reminded of our call to embody a heart of peace and to nurture an outward mindset so that the Holy Spirit may lead all of us in new ways forward
We are certainly not strangers to moments of uncertainty. In many such cases, we have taken the lead so that transformation may follow. Our identity, as time has proven, is grounded in our belief that there are places that only God can take us if we would only be so willing.
And so, we as Cal-Pac are once again enabled to spiritually greet this Special Called Session without fear, through the many ways that have been planned and are explained below.
Guidance: Starting February 1, 2019, simply check calpacumc.org (top of the page) or your email and social media for all Cal-Pac communications related to the Special Called Session (as listed below). Remember, if you are receiving this email, you are already on the Cal-Pac email list as well as the Western Jurisdiction Update. But, others may sign up here for the Cal-Pac list and sign up here for the Western Jurisdiction Update list.
Understanding the Special Called Session
Before the Special Called Session
During the Special Called Session
After the Special Called Session
Finally, as Bishop Hagiya introduced to us, let us remember the attitude of “convicted humility” with which we consider all that is before us:
This is an attitude which combines honesty about the differing convictions which divide us with humility about the way in which each of our views may stand in need of corrections. It also involves humble repentance for all the ways in which we have spoken and acted as those seeking to win a fight rather than those called to discern the shape of faithfulness together. In that spirit, we wish to lift up the shared core commitments which define the Wesleyan movement, and ground our search for wisdom and holiness. They are offered as a starting point for conversation, and a reminder that what unites us is deeper and more central than what divides.