Opening Address to Liberia Annual Conference UMC

“Think United Methodist, Love United Methodist, and Build United Methodist…”

The Resident Bishop of the United Methodist Church in Liberia, Bishop Samuel J. Quire, Jr. urged members of the Liberia Annual Conference to think United Methodist, love United Methodist, and build United Methodist. “Disarm your hearts of pains, bitterness, and stop the fight in the United Methodist Church,” Quire warned. He pointed out that founder of the United Methodist Church, John Wesley encouraged members to do good, do no harm, and stay in love with God.

Delivering his episcopal address to United Methodists attending the 191st Annual Session of the conference in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County, he called on members of the conference to remain prayerful and ask God’s intervention as they discuss and find common ground before the General Conference. He pointed out that the “Way Forward Committee’s” report will be discussed, and recommendations therein acted upon as part of the preparation for the 2024 General Conference. “The church continues to conduct its affairs freely consistent with our belief, practice, and tradition,” he emphasized.

Quire assured United Methodists that God’s prevenient grace has been present with them and preserving them. “God’s redeeming grace is also present with us, saving us day by day and helping us to meet the challenges that characterized the ministries of the Liberia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church in Liberia,” he concluded.

Earlier, Rev Julia L. Garber, also called on United Methodists meeting in the Port City of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, to trust in God for their refuge, shelter, and protection in times of trouble. “When you trust God, your future is secured,” Garber asserted. She is an elder in full connection of the United Methodist Church assigned in the Grand Bassa District

Serving as the opening speaker of the 191st Annual Session of the Liberian Annual Conference, she told the gathered United Methodists that when they call upon God in truth and sincerity, He will be their helper in all trouble. She pointed out that members of the church should learn how to rely on God instead of seeking protection from other sources. “Fortune tellers will not help anyone, only God’s help is assured,” she warned.

She named impatience, disrespect for activities that has to do with God, self-praise as some of the human attitudes that lead to sins amongst United Methodists. “God is the God of righteousness and faithfulness,” she concluded.

191st Annual Session of the Liberia Annual Conference is Bishop Samuel J. Quire, Jr. 8th conference that he is presiding over, and it is being held at the same venue where he was nominated as candidate for the episcopacy nine years ago.