Resilience for the Church with Bishop Cynthia Harvey and Erin Hawkins

What is needed to enlarge the capacity of pastors, congregations, annual conferences, and the denomination to become more resilient? Today, we pose that deep and difficult question to our guests Erin Hawkins and Bishop Cynthia Harvey.

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Guest Info

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Bishop Cynthia Harvey

Bishop of the Louisiana Annual Conference

Cynthia Fierro Harvey serves as bishop of the Louisiana Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, having been assigned there in September of 2012. The Louisiana Annual Conference is composed of 486 congregations and 118,725 members and includes the entire state of Louisiana.


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Erin Hawkins

Executive Director of Connectional Ministries, California Pacific Annual Conference

Erin Hawkins is the Executive Director of Connectional Ministries for the California Pacific Annual Conference. She began serving in this capacity in September, 2020 and she works with the bishop, cabinet and elected conference leaders to fulfill four primary responsibilities: serve as steward of the conference’s vision and mission, lead a continuous process of transformation and renewal, ensure alignment of conference resources with the vision and ensure connections among local churches, districts, the conference and the general church.


Show Notes

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Read the press release about Erin Hawkins new role as the Executive Director of Connectional Ministries with the California-Pacific Conference of the UMC here.

Follow the General Commission on Religion and Race of the United Methodist Church @GCORR_UMC

Reservoirs of Resilience is inspired by the monograph written by Bishop Janice Huie. Read the full publication here.

"That's Something" music and lyrics by Billy Crockett, © 2016 Spare Room Music, BMI, from the album In Session (with Roscoe Beck), Blue Rock Artists, 2020

"Resilience" music by Billy Crockett, © 2021 Spare Room Music, BMI

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