Bishop Huie's Last Episcopal Address As Bishop of the Texas Annual Conference
Bishop Janice Riggle Huie delivered her final Episcopal Address as the Bishop of the Texas Annual Conference at the opening service of the 2016 Annual Conference on May 29, 2016. The theme of the address was gratitude. Bishop Huie expressed her gratefulness for God’s constant presence in her life, for the United Methodist Church and for the people of the Texas Annual Conference.
She shared early memories of God’s calling on her life and of her Sunday school teacher in Beeville, Mr. Frasier who introduced her to Galatians 3:28, “In Christ there is no Jew nor Greek, slave or free, male or female, for all are one in Christ Jesus.” She spoke of the impact of that passage then and throughout her ministry. When the questions are “who’s in and who’s out” her instincts are to open the gate and welcome all.
Bishop Huie acknowledged her family that were gathered at the service and expressed her deep gratitude for their support throughout her life.
She expressed her gratitude for the United Methodist Church that draws us closer to God and to each other. She also expressed hope that the people called Methodists will continue to strive together toward unity and to serve together to transform the world.
Finally, Bishop Huie thanked the laity and clergy of the Texas Annual Conference for welcoming her 12 years ago and for sharing the hopes and dreams of local churches throughout the conference. She acknowledged the generosity of the Imagine No Malaria campaign, the support for young clergy and the leadership that the Texas Annual Conference has provided to the entire denomination.
She also asked for forgiveness for any hurt she may have crossed in the process of leading the conference. At the end she offered this blessing:
Go forth in peace. Be of good courage. Hold fast to that which is good. Render no one evil for evil. Strengthen the fainthearted. Support the weak. Help the afflicted. Honor all persons. Love and serve the Lord. Rejoice in the power of the Holy Spirit. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. See the entire address: