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Report from the Rio Texas Annual Conference:A Spirit of Connection and Inclusivity

The Rio Texas Annual Conference recently concluded, leaving attendees with a renewed sense of purpose and community. One highlight of the conference was the Mission Breakfast, which saw an overwhelming turnout with 120 people registered and approximately 130 attendees. The breakfast was significant; three compelling stories were offered that not only captivated the audience but also sparked meaningful conversations at every table. The presenters planted seeds for forward momentum, inspiring all present to carry the mission forward.

One significant development was the vote to allow restructuring of the conference by reducing the number of districts from seven to three. This reduction will help to promote greater unity within the conference as well as allow for greater efficiency and stewardship of resources. This restructuring symbolizes our commitment to both drawing the circle wide and making the table long enough for everyone to be together. Many expressed optimism about the new structure fostering stronger connections and collaboration.

Reconnecting with familiar faces was a joyous part of the conference. The overarching spirit of connection was evident throughout the event, marked by grace, accommodation, and affirmation. It was heartening to see the community come together, extending grace and support to one another.

As we move forward, we are guided by an encompassing spirit of community and inclusivity, reflecting Christ's love in all our actions. The Rio Texas Annual Conference was not just a meeting but a reaffirmation of our shared mission and values. The sense of unity and the steps toward a more inclusive and connected future were clear, promising a bright path ahead.

We look forward to continuing this journey together, fostering a community where everyone feels welcome and valued. Let us carry the spirit of the conference with us, working together to make a positive impact and embracing the inclusivity that defines our faith.

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