METHODISTS CONVENE FOR ANNUAL MEETING
June 8-11, 2011 approximately 1,500 United Methodists
from Central and Northeastern Pennsylvania met at
Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania for the second
annual conference session of the newly formed
Susquehanna Conference, a Pennsylvania Conference of the
United Methodist Church. Dr.
Dilip Abayasekara of Camp
Hill United Methodist Church, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
was among the members who reviewed ministry, adopted
policy and resolutions, all in the interest of
strengthening the spiritual life of the 950 churches of
United Methodist Churches in Northeastern and Central
Susquehanna Conference is a regional, organizational
unit of The United Methodist Church. Presiding over this
yearly meeting was Bishop Jane Allen Middleton. The
business session is composed of equal numbers of clergy
and laity. At least one layperson from each pastoral
charge is a member.
was the second annual session of the new
Susquehanna Conference which was formed in 2010 from the
churches of the former Central Pennsylvania Conference
and the Pennsylvania churches of the Wyoming Conference.
United Methodist Church is a global church of over 12
million members in the U.S., Africa, Europe and the
Philippines. Since 1998 the church has grown 26%.
addition to business sessions there were celebrations in
honor of retiring clergy and in memory of those
dealt with visioning an AIDS-free world, mental health
ministries, eating habits, use of Styrofoam, concerns
with Marcellus Shale and hydraulic fracturing, a moral
approach to governing, and an interfaith moratorium on
The Cabinet of the Susquehanna Conference includes
superintendents of eleven districts. The proposal by the
Cabinet to reduce the number of districts from
eleven to seven was overwhelmingly approved. The
proposal includes an additional Cabinet-level position
dedicated to church vitalization, and new church starts.
mission of the Susquehanna Conference is to effectively
equip local churches to fulfill their mission of making
disciples of Jesus Christ in order to transform the
world by: (1) Training and deploying spiritual
transformational leaders; (2) Equipping local churches
with effective tools and resources to assist them in
their disciple-making mission; and (3) to lift up God's
gift of connectionalism at all levels of the church to
empower transformational work. The vision of the
connection of churches in the Susquehanna Conference is
"people alive in mission and ministry as God leads
on a Christ-centered journey of faith."
conference concluded with a celebration of commissioning
and ordination on Saturday afternoon.
information about the conference session, including
legislative decisions and photos, is available through
the online versions of Susquehanna Daily LINK located at
susumc.org for additional information about the
Susquehanna Annual Conference.
Dr. Dilip Abayasekara, Dr. Dilip, LLC, 717.728.2203.