New every morning is your love, Maker of heaven and earth. Give us fresh eyes to see your world anew this day. Give us listening hearts to understand what has happened in your Church. Keep us focused on your gracious mission to a hurting world, as we seek to follow you in paths that heal and transform.
I have prayed mightily overnight. I'm up early, preparing to preside at the last day of the Western Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church, following the historic election of Rev. Dr. Karen Oliveto to be a bishop in The United Methodist Church. Today we will adopt a budget, elect officers, hear the assignments of bishops to their areas for the next 4 years, and consecrate Bishop Oliveto. Last night I met with cabinet and staff of the Mountain Sky Area who are here, in Scottsdale, Arizona. We are praying for each person and every faith community in the Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone Conference, knowing that this election is a cause for celebration for some, and deeply disturbing to others.
Before I rest this evening (Saturday), I will send you a Mountain Sky Outlook, reflecting on the events of the past day. Please check you emails before you go to bed, to keep in the conference communication loop.
My prayers are with you,
Elaine JW Stanovsky