From the Superintendent: Abril 2024

“You are the light of the world. A city on top of a hill can’t be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they put it on top of a lampstand, and it shines on all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before people, so they can see the good things you do and praise your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16 (CEB)

I hope the highs of celebrating the Risen Christ continues to resonate within, as we live into this Eastertide Season as Easter People. If we did not think Resurrection Domingo was a major celebration, the world is preparing for the upcoming Total Solar Eclipse on Abril 8, 2024. Many of our congregations are extending hospitality and serving as hosts sites for this once-in-a-lifetime event. I believe many have charted out the best place to position themselves to see this magnificent occurrence.

A few weeks ago, I had to ask the question about why there was so much stir and buzz around this Total Solar Eclipse. I remember in Agosto 2017 there was also an excitement as we all peered upward, despite our differences, and was in admiration of God’s creation. And here we are seven years later, no less divided, but united around the opportunity to experience the moon’s trek across the Sun and Earth’s orbits.

I began to reflect on a few significant aspects of the total eclipse. During an eclipse, this is a point in time where the moon is large enough, and makes its way over the sun, and in that moment the sun and moon are aligned. It is suggested the path that many will experience in a few short weeks make it more extraordinary because more people will get the opportunity to witness the event.

If we did not think Resurrection Domingo was a major occurrence in the life of The Church, we have the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse. Additionally, in the life of The United Methodist Church, the 863 delegates from the worldwide ministry will gather in Charlotte, North Carolina for the postponed (x2) 2020 General Conference. I simply wonder how this historic General Conference, which will have the gaze of many from across the globe, will be able to show an alignment of purpose, and amazement of God’s Love, and an allegiance to move together in mission for the making of disciples of Jesus Christ and the transformation of the world.
Just like the moon and sun have distinct understandings of its meaning in the atmosphere, and yet when it aligns all gather to watch and are in awe. I also believe the collective of The United Methodist Church, laity and clergy, are not in agreement on many matters, not just those that get the most headlines. However, we can not deny when we align, we garner the world’s attention, as we provide hope and healing for those in need, as we promote physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being, and as we spanned across communities and countries share God’s Love. This is what it means to #BEUMC, and I pray we can continue to be that witness despite the decisions of the upcoming General Conference.

Friends, way we remember that during a solar eclipse the LIGHT continues to beam, even when there are obstructions; and knowing the obstructions are only momentary because the LIGHT will always continue to shine. Friends, we are the LIGHT and we must continue being the LIGHT of Jesus Christ for all the world to see and experience!

Be Light and Bearing Light
Rev. Dr. Aleze Fulbright

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