Latest News from Bishop Lewis

Bishop Lewis urges people to be 'non-anxious presence' in midst of coronavirus concerns

March 5, 2020 -- Greetings to you, Virginia Conference, in the midst of this time of self-examination and reflection, during this Lenten Season. As you are aware, anxiety is high worldwide as governments and private individuals seek to understand more about the coronavirus. As people of faith, we pray for those working on the front lines of this new virus and those who find themselves ill. As individuals, we may have concerns as to how we respond going forward from church services to our own personal self-care. More...

From Bishop Lewis: Update on the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation

Jan. 17, 2020 -- On January 3, 2020, the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation (the “Protocol”) was released. You can find the document on the conference website. It is important to emphasize that the Protocol does not mean the future of our denomination has been agreed upon. The Protocol is one of several plans for the General Conference to consider from May 5-15, 2020.  The level of anxiety and stress for bishops, clergy and laity are high as we approach the General Conference. There is a deep collective longing to resolve our human sexuality disagreement in a way that provides everyone with grace and hope.   More...

Bishop Lewis’ Reflection On 'The Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation: Breathe, Read and Pray'

Jan. 13, 2020 -- On Jan. 3, 2020, I, like many of you, received “The Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation.”  As is my normal practice, I took the document into my prayer room. I was next led to share this protocol on the website and do what I asked the Virginia Conference do. “Please read the document in its entirety, try to understand it and pray for our denomination.”
After traveling this past week and engaging in conversation, listening and praying with the Southeastern Jurisdictional (SEJ) bishops and SEJ leaders comprised of the SEJ Committee on Episcopacy (COE), Lay Leaders and Directors of Connectional Ministries; I decided to put my fingers to the keyboard. More...

Bishop Lewis' Lenten devotional book available for preorder

Bishop Sharma Lewis stayed busy during her medical leave and wrote a book. She asks that readers, "Journey with me during Lent!" Journey to Transformation is available from preorder at (Coupon Code: JOURNEY20)
Bishop Tracy S. Malone says, "Lewis invites the reader on a spiritual journey of surrender... to Scripture, to prayer and to meditation. Her reflections are original, sharing from her own life, faith and ministry experiences. Bishop Lewis calls us to a time of reflecting on our humanity, with our limitations and inconsistencies. Be blessed as you read."

Bishop Lewis hosting 2020 Holy Land tour

Bishop Sharma Lewis will be hosting a 10-day Holy Land Journey for the clergy and laity of the conference, February 24 – March 4, 2020.  This once-in-a-lifetime adventure will provide participants the opportunity to walk where Jesus walked and to engage the life and ministry of Jesus. 
A day-by-day tour description and registration information may be found at  

Bishop Lewis shares video upon her return from medical leave

Bishop Sharma D. Lewis is on track to return to the episcopal office on Sept. 9. In this video, she shares her thanks for Bishop Weaver's interim leadership for the Virginia Conference and more about her return. She encourages all churches to show this video this coming Sunday morning ( Sept. 8) or to share widely with their congregations. Video is also available in Korean and Spanish.

Bishop Lewis' episcopal return is planned for September

After a six-month medical leave, Bishop Sharma D. Lewis’ return to the Virginia Conference is planned for September 2019. Lewis started her medical leave at the beginning of March as she underwent several hip surgeries. In her absence, Bishop Peter D. Weaver, retired bishop, was named the interim episcopal leader. More...

Feb. 21, 2109: Conference to livestream 'State of the Church' address following General Conference

Bishop Sharma D. Lewis will hold an address entitled “State of the Church: Where do we go from here?” on Monday, Mar. 4, following the Special Session of General Conference. The event will be livestreamed at from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. featuring an address by Bishop Lewis as well as time for Q& A. The event footage will be archived at the same link for later viewing. Questions for this Q &A period may be sent to prior to the event and during the event. 

Dec. 11, 2018: Preparing for 2019 Special Session

The topic of human sexuality has long been a source of disagreement within The United Methodist Church. Right now the topic is the focus of many conversations as we prepare for the Special Session of General Conference 2019 in February. More...

May 7, 2018: Bishop Lewis responds to votes on constitutional amendments. More...

 View individual conferences vote tallies for five constitutional amendments. More...

May 7, 2018: Bishop Lewis video response:

Council of Bishops recommendations to 2019 General Conference


On Dr. Billy Graham

Feb. 21, 2018 - "Dr. Billy Graham was a loving, fervent activist for Jesus Christ who worked tirelessly to bring the Gospel to many throughout the world. We should all remember the inspiring example he set, his high standards, perseverance and sheer joy at preaching. And as Rev. Graham himself said, he has not died. He has simply changed his address to be with his Savior."


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