Alexandria DS Notes

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Monthly thoughts from the Alexandria District Superintendent

When the Fog Lifts

by Kim Johnson

“For it is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 4:6 (NRSV) The other morning, I was driving to Lake Junaluska in the mountains of […]

When the Storm Winds Blow

by Kim Johnson

“The boat, battered by the waves, was far from the shore, for the wind was against them. And early in the morning He came walking toward them on the sea.” – Matthew 14:24-25 (NRSV) I can still remember hunkering down in our basement with my wife as Hurricane Isabel blew over us in September of […]

Charlottesville and the Church’s Mission

by Kim Johnson

As I reflect on the terrible events that happened in Charlottesville this past weekend, it has led me to consider how those events impact the Church’s mission, particularly as we consider our place as a neighboring community to Charlottesville and our witness as United Methodists in the Alexandria District. First, it is good to have […]

Celebrate the Stories

by Kim Johnson

I have been visiting one-on-one with most of the clergy in our district this summer and hearing some wonderful, amazing stories. They are stories of lives being healed, transformed, converted, saved. I have also been reading a book called A New Day in the City (Abingdon, 2017, pp. 58-59), where I came across the following […]

Vision

by Kim Johnson

Our ministry vision for the Virginia Annual Conference is to be disciples of Jesus Christ who are lifelong learners, who influence others to serve.” – Bishop Sharma Lewis On the basis of much listening to the people of Virginia United Methodist churches, much analysis of the common themes that emerged from all of that listening, […]

Prayer, Providence, and Principles

by Kim Johnson

“By Your Spirit, make us one in Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory and we feast at His heavenly banquet.” — from “The Great Thanksgiving” prayer in The United Methodist Hymnal Last month this time, during the first week of April, our […]

To Alexandria District Clergy (April 28)

by Kim Johnson

Dear Alexandria District Clergy, As we have been praying for the Judicial Council this week, their decision has been announced this evening (Friday). You can find the information here: http://www.umc.org/news-and-media/consecration-of-gay-bishop-against-church-law In addition, the Council of Bishops has issued a statement about the Judicial Council’s decision. You can find it here: http://www.umc.org/news-and-media/president-of-the-council-of-bishops-statement-regarding-judicial-council-de I invite you to […]

Holy Week’s Perspective

by Kim Johnson

As we approach again our celebration of the most holy week in human history, we experience gratitude, humility, awe, wonder, reverence, penitence, adoration, conviction, encouragement, destitution, guilt, hope, and love. Our vocabulary reaches its limits as we seek to articulate the depths of how the divine grace engages our spirits. The hymn writer asks, “What […]

The Wilderness Journey

by Kim Johnson

As we journey through Lent, we are remembering the 40 days of Jesus in the wilderness, which, in turn, recalls the 40 years of Israel journeying in the wilderness. In the context of our 21st century Northern Virginia culture, the concept of “wilderness” may seem far distant. After all, most United Methodists in the Alexandria […]

Prayer Vigil for the Immigrant & the Homeless

by Kim Johnson

From Rev. Jeff Mickle, Alexandria District Superintendent   February 28, 2017 Dear Alexandria District clergy, As promised, I am forwarding an invitation to join a prayer vigil this Saturday afternoon at Rising Hope UMC. The vigil is for the immigrant and the homeless, and to show our solidarity and support for them. Please keep Keary and […]