Spring Gathering Videos

Thank you to all who joined us in Midlothian for our first Gathering!

We also wish to thank Rev. Keith Boyette and Rev.Jeff Greenway for joining us.

Videos of their talks and the follow-up questions and answers sessions are now available
at the following links

Rev. Jeff Greenway on how to talk to your church and others about the issues facing the UMC

 Rev. Keith Boyette on the WCA and Questions and Answers Sessions Part 1

Questions and Answers Session Part 2

 

Some thoughts on Unity

There’s a lot of talk about unity in the church, some of which stems from a concern about the future of our church. A call for unity is a good thing, but what do we mean by “unity?” Is unity merely the absence of infighting? Is unity accomplished simply by taking a vote or adjusting certain practices?

I believe that true unity goes far deeper than simply attempting to legislate our way through differences. Unity cannot be achieved by a majority vote. When I think about what made the early church so unique in a culture that was indifferent and hostile, this passage from speaks to me:

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common.

There were certain things to which the early followers of Jesus devoted themselves; certain things they had in common: apostolic teaching, fellowship, community, and service. All of these were centered on the Risen Christ. I believe the same source that provided unity for the early followers can provide the unity we are seeking.

Unity comes from a common core of conviction that is centered on Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The Gospel message is good because it points to the One who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Unity comes from hearing and responding to this invitation of Jesus.

But here’s the catch. This unity does not come on our terms. It is not up for debate. No amount of debate or protest can bring about unity if we cannot agree on our common core of conviction. Otherwise, unity will always be an illusion.

Additionally, the unity we desperately need comes as we submit ourselves to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and seek to love others. Again, this is made possible through the work of the Holy Spirit and not through some legislative means.

Let us strive to be people of the Wesleyan Way, firmly planted in our common core of conviction that is contained in the Scripture, expressed in our doctrine, and lived out in our discipline. God help us to experience true unity by yielding to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.  And, in this, may we experience the awe of following Jesus.

A Thanksgiving Message from the WCA President

Breathing Forth the Praise of God
Keith Boyette, President

On July 18, 1773, John Wesley penned a letter to his sister who was “encumbered with worldly business.”  Wesley wrote:

Prayer and thanksgiving is the vital breath
That keeps the spirit of man from death:
For prayer attracts into the living soul
The life that fills the universe whole;
And giving thanks is breathing forth again
The praise of Him who is the life of men.

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Why I joined the WCA and what it means to me: A message from the VaWCA Council President

If I were asked to describe myself theologically, I would have identified myself as a moderate. What I mean by this is that I understood myself as being slightly right of center. I tried to seek understanding with those who saw things differently. I wanted to be able to have fellowship with those who were left of center and those further right of center than myself. But I also had core convictions to which I felt compelled to be faithful.

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WCA Mobile App

WCA Mobile App

Download the Wesleyan Covenant Association mobile app! This app is packed with powerful content and resources to help you grow and stay connected with the United Methodist Church. With this app you can:

– Watch or listen to past messages
– Register for events
– Read articles and blog posts
– Stay up to date with push notifications
– Share your favorite messages via Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram
– Download messages for offline listening

 

 

 

Meet Our President

  From Rev. Dr. Robert E. Cooper:

On September 28, 2017, I was elected president of the regional chapter of the Virginia Wesleyan Covenant Association. I am honored to share in the work of seeking a way forward for the church all of us deeply love.

I would ask for your prayers and welcome conversation.

Email Bob

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