Archives for March 2012

A beginner’s guide to ‘speaking Methodist’

The United Methodist Church doesn’t lack for obscure terms or for acronyms, including “UMC.” And the verbiage has gotten thicker as General Conference 2012, with its many reform proposals, draws near. For those who want to be able to “speak Methodist” during the big event, here’s a glossary that might prove helpful: Adaptive Challenge—The term […]

Q&A: Choosing symbols for worship at GC 2012

Marcia McFee will be worship and music director for General Conference 2012. In a Q&A with staff writer Mary Jacobs, Ms. McFee shared how she’s planning for the big event and what to expect.

WiFi presents challenges for Conference planners

For those who can’t travel to Tampa for General Conference 2012, technology will offer United Methodists an array of ways to connect—by way of smartphones, iPads and computers—and to join in the worldwide conversation as decisions are considered and made. For those delegates and visitors inside the Tampa Convention Center, however, getting access to the […]

Break with the past? Proposals for major change at GC 2012

With proposals for agency restructuring and other major change, this could be the most important General Conference in decades. “And it could all fizzle,” said veteran delegate the Rev. Don Underwood.

GC 2012 delegates already burning midnight oil

At 20, Ricky Harrison looks as if he ought to be parking cars at General Conference, not attending committee meetings and casting votes. But he’s the lead lay delegate from the North Texas Conference, and will be in the thick of things when General Conference convenes in Tampa, Fla., on April 24. Already, the McMurry […]

Artist’s Christian music leaves room for doubt, mystery and experience

By Brian Q. Newcomb, UCC News • • • Jonathan Rundman Self-titled solo album Salt Lady Records Jonathan Rundman’s main gig is being himself—working that fine line between garage-y pop-rock singer/songwriter and youth worker/church musician. Can you imagine Paul Westerberg as the contemporary worship band leader for an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) congregation, who’d […]

What will be different this time?

By Rich Peck, Interpreter Magazine • • • Holy conversations, evening worship and a program of celebration and challenge are among the changes for General Conference 2012. Others include a proposed deadline for legislative committees to complete their work. Planning the 2012 event is the 25-member Commission on the General Conference, led by Randall Miller […]

Delegates to decide on restructuring, other issues

General Conference 2012 won’t lack for issues or for proposals that would profoundly change the way the United Methodist Church operates, particularly at the agency level. Here are the matters likely to preoccupy delegates during the 11-day gathering in Tampa, Fla.   Restructuring   Few would deny that what’s called the “general church” of the […]