We've just completed the three day North Georgia Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. You can find details, including official daily summaries, here. I enjoy the worship, the hallway conversations, & the displays and opportunities to learn more about all the ways to "do good." After more than a decade of attending conference it's more like a family reunion for me than a mandatory meeting.
One of my favorite discussions this week was with Dr. Ted Runyon, and his wife Cindy, when they stopped by the Russian United Methodist table to learn how the seminary in Moscow was doing. Runyon is Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology at Candler School
of Theology. He taught a short term class in Moscow a number of years ago and was eager to hear the current status of the seminary and how the United Methodist Church was doing in Russia. Dr. Sergei Nikolaev, President of the Moscow Theological Seminary of The United Methodist Church and E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism, updated Dr. Runyon in that personal discussion, and renewed the conversation later Wednesday night during the seminar on the "Bridge" partnership.
This is one of my favorite photos of the last few days as the Runyons continue their Methodist Christian journey with enthusiasm.