Bishop Ward highlights the Manna and Mercy retreats, led by Alan Storey, and extends an invitation to attend one of the events.
Grace and peace to you from God the abundant, the loving one.
In this month of September, we have a wonderful opportunity in the North Carolina Annual Conference. We will be hosting Alan Storey who comes among us to give witness to the manna and mercy that God gives.
A weekend retreat will be offered first at Duke Memorial United Methodist Church in Durham and the following weekend at Edenton Street United Methodist Church. You are welcome to register and to attend.
In this study, Alan helps us to see that the movement of God in scripture from beginning to end is about God’s great generosity. God gave manna to the Israelites as they wandered in the desert. Jesus’ mercy was the very center of his ministry in Galilee.
As we journey with Alan through this weekend study, we give thanks again for God’s great generosity which is the starting point of Wesleyan theology. Alan will also be meeting with young clergy and there are other gatherings that you might want to attend.
The Storey family has been very important to the North Carolina Annual Conference. Peter Storey, Alan’s father, taught at Duke Divinity School and was a preacher at our own Annual Conference a number of years ago. He was the Bishop of Methodist Church of Southern Africa during a very challenging time as South Africa moved away from apartheid into a more just and loving society.
I look forward to these days with Alan Storey and hope that you will decide to be a part of one of the gatherings that he comes to lead. May the God of manna and mercy be with you this day.