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Holy Huddles

Bishop Bob Hoshibata asked us to announce his upcoming “Holy Huddle on the Unity of the Church.” Please see his letter below:

September 23, 2016

 Dear Faithful United Methodists of the Desert Southwest Conference,

 Grace and peace to you in the name and spirit of Jesus Christ!

 Recent events in our Conference, in the Western Jurisdiction, and in the General Church have prompted conversations and concern in our United Methodist congregations in the Desert Southwest Conference.  Many persons have expressed their desire for clarity and explanations and an opportunity to share their feelings and opinions regarding topics such as human sexuality, interpretation of scripture, the Book of Discipline, the Social Principles, challenges to church unity and possible schism, and our future as a United Methodist Church.

 Because these are very important issues that many persons want to discuss, I am inviting you and your congregation to join me in a time of Holy Huddle on the Unity of the Church.  Holy Huddles will offer us the opportunity to engage in listening to and hearing one another as we share our concerns and thoughts about human sexuality and the church. In these Huddles, my role is to listen to your concerns, to share my perspective as your bishop, and to respond to questions you may have about any topic of concern. I will strive to create a safe space where we will be able to speak and listen with respect for others and pray together for our United Methodist Church in the spirit of Jesus Christ.

 Your District Superintendents and I are working on specific dates and locations to host the Huddles.  We will do our best to make them as accessible as possible so many may come and participate.  Final details will be communicated to you soon through your district office.

 If you have any questions or concerns about these Holy Huddles, please contact me by email at

 I look forward to our Holy Huddles as we converse about what it means to be the church in our time.

 In Christ,

 Robert T. Hoshibata,

Resident Bishop

Desert Southwest Conference

The United Methodist Church



Bishop Robert Hoshibata will be holding several sessions of “Holy Huddles on the Unity of the Church” in the South District.  (See the letter below from Bishop Hoshibata)

 The “Holy Huddle” sessions will be held as follows:

 Sunday, November 13th at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church (1431 W. Magee Rd, Tucson) in the Fellowship Hall from 2:00-4:30 P.M. (The Bishop will be preaching at First United Methodist Church, Tucson at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday November 13th)  Childcare will be available for this session by reservation.  Please let Sally know the number and ages of the children needing childcare.

 Friday, December 2nd at The United Methodist Church of Green Valley from 2:00-4:30 P.M.

 Saturday, December 3rd at San Pedro Valley United Methodist Church from 10:00 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

 Sunday, January 8th at Santa Clara United Methodist Church from 1:30-4:00 P.M. This session is for Hispanic and Korean congregations with translators available.

 Please RSVP to Sally West at the South District Office –   Please indicate which session you will be attending and how many will be coming with you so arrangements can be made to accommodate everyone.

 Please make the attendance at one of the above sessions a priority and encourage the laity in your church to attend, also.

 Faith, Hope and Love,


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