Several months ago, Adam and I were cleaning out and organizing our space in the Conference Center in Charleston when we came across this book:
I tucked it away in the back of my head, wondering if there would be a way to repurpose the drawing on the cover.
We don’t have many images that say who we are here in the West Virginia Conference. But this hand-drawn piece of cover art created in 1976 by Mary Jane Brown for the book, “The Ministers of the West Virginia Conference,” was intriguing. It includes Garrett County, Maryland, and it illustrates our history as Methodist people.
I love the cross and flame logo that identifies the larger United Methodist Church worldwide, but this drawing brings it home. That’s why we have chosen it as a new logo for our print and digital media publications - which will fall under a new name: The Mountain Circuit.
The Mountain Circuit will be a quarterly journal that records and reports on the spiritual life of the West Virginia Annual Conference. It will be the place where we stretch creatively. There are many of you who write beautiful long-form pieces - sermons, liturgies, blog posts, etc. The Mountain Circuit will be a place those pieces of connection for our conference can call home.
In addition, we will also print a newsletter 10 times per year that contains the “nuts and bolts” information that people in the conference need to have to plan the church year. This month’s edition is the SeptCircuit, the issues that follow will be named for the month in which they are published.
Both of these publications will be available as digital pieces as well - to anybody who wants them. All we need is an email address to send them to you.
For years, The West Virginia United Methodist has faithfully recorded the life of our conference. We will honor that publication’s history in the first edition of The Mountain Circuit, which stands proudly on its predecessor’s shoulders. Look for the first edition at the end of 2013.
The communications team has put a tremendous amount of prayer, thought and discussion into our new direction.
We are building the bridge as we walk on it, but are confident that with God’s help, and yours, these changes will serve the common good that is the West Virginia Conference.
Blessings and Peace,