Memphis Conference delegation endorses Rev. Autura Eason-Williams as episcopal nominee
Rev. Autura Eason-Williams
UPDATE: See more endorsements at end of this article.The Memphis Conference delegation to the 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences has endorsed Rev. Autura Eason-Williams as its 2020 episcopal nominee to be elected a bishop in The United Methodist Church.
Eason-Williams, pastor of Capleville United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tennessee (Metro District), will be among other nominees for the role of bishop to be elected during the 2020 Southeastern Jurisdictional (SEJ) Conference, July 15-17 in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. UPDATE: Due to the pandemic, new dates for the 2020 SEJ Conference are Nov. 10-12 2021. | DETAILS
Fifteen annual conferences make up the Southeastern Jurisdiction. The SEJ Committee on Episcopacy has released a Plan of Intent for episcopal elections in July.
At a Nov. 26 meeting, the Memphis Conference delegation agreed to endorse Eason-Williams, the delegation’s first clergy delegate to the 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences.
“The Memphis Conference delegation affirms the calling God has placed upon the heart of the Rev. Autura Eason-Williams to offer herself as a candidate for the office of a bishop in The United Methodist Church," reported Rev. Dr. Robert D. Martin, second clergy delegate and superintendent of the Purchase District (Western Kentucky) in the Memphis Conference.
"Rev. Eason-Williams is a person with a deep commitment to God and bears the fruits of an abiding love of Christ and for those whom Christ loves. This calling to the office of a bishop combined with her passion for Christ and her love of The United Methodist Church are key ingredients for one desiring to serve the greater church through the shepherding ministry of a bishop. As a delegation, we pray God’s blessing upon her and pray for her to experience the peace of God through the entirety of the episcopal selection process.”
Eason-Williams also was endorsed Dec. 7 by Memphis Conference Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR).
Paula R. Wooldridge, coordinator of BMCR, wrote on behalf of her colleagues in attendance that it was "unanimously decided" to give "full support" to Eason-Williams and endorse her efforts to become a bishop in The United Methodist Church.
"Her professional record speaks for itself; therefore, we responded to the Christian record," noted Wooldridge. "We are aware of her knowledge of Christ’s teachings because she exhibits an amazing ability to speak to and address 'all the people.' A caring, loving soul is what you often see, but she will stand up and fight for those she represents. These are the requirements of the people whom she will serve."
BIOGRAPHY: Rev. Autura Eason-Williams | Click Here (1-page PDF)
STATEMENT OF CALL: Rev. Autura Eason-Williams | Click Here (3-page PDF)
UPDATE - MORE ENDORSEMENTS:
- Feb. 3 from Memphis Conference Board of Ordained Ministry | DETAILS
- Feb. 12 from M. Douglas Meeks, Cal Turner Chancellor Professor of Theology and Wesleyan Studies, Emeritus, Vanderbilt University Divinity School | DETAILS
- Feb. 12 from Wesley Foundation, University of Memphis (campus ministry) | DETAILS
- March 4 from UMC Next Memphis | DETAILS
- March 15 from Capleville United Methodist Church in Memphis, TN | DETAILS
- March 24 from Memphis Conference United Methodist Women | DETAILS