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By Alberta Farnsworth, Desert Southwest Conference Lay Leader

What will 2022 bring? This is a question I ask at the beginning of each year. Every year is different, of course, but the last two years have been so unique that I am hoping this year gets back to a more normal kind of year. Unfortunately, new variants of the COVID 19 virus seem to keep rising up and pushing back what was normal and leading into what is becoming our new normal.

Normal has a way of continually changing. I remember that John Wesley started a revival of the laity in the Church of England. Can 2022 be the beginning of a new revival of the laity in the United Methodist Church? I watch and pray that General Conference will be the beginning of a new United Methodist Church.

I am still learning my function as the Conference Lay Leader. My prayer is that these new normal changes lead me to be the leader you have chosen me to be. 

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