Archives for April 2012

Showcasing Higher Ed

“John Wesley was a campus minister.” That’s the slogan on the buttons they’re handing out tonight at a confab at General Conference in Tampa highlighting United Methodist-affiliated educational institutions, campus ministries, and related programs.   “The goal was the showcase the breadth and depth of the connection, and to have a fun and lighthearted experience,” said […]

‘Plan UMC’ offered for agency restructuring

New life exists for the idea of restructuring agencies of the United Methodist Church, with members of various camps having engaged in lengthy, intense negotiations that led to a compromise called “Plan UMC.” “We were committed to finding a plan that can unify the church,” said the Rev. Don Underwood, among those who helped work […]

On the Loose: Shalom

Twenty years ago, as delegates met in Louisville, Ky., for General Conference 1992, riots broke out in Los Angeles, in angry response to the acquittal of four police officers tried in the beating of Rodney King. Delegates quickly mobilized the Shalom Initiative, a plan for congregations and communities to work together “to create a visible […]

Fashions from the Congo

General Conference attendees who are coveting the colorful attire of the African delegates have the opportunity to buy their own – and support a good cause. The Women’s Division of the United Methodist Church in the South Congo is selling an array of beautiful handmade garments and jewelry at the Cokesbury Store at General Conference. […]

A Serene Oasis

The days are long and the sessions can get stressful. So the exhibit by the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits (GBPHB) at General Conference offered free massages for those ready for a refreshing break. Delegates and attendees could also saddle up to a table with laptops with free Internet access. “Our thought was […]

Term limits for U.S. bishops fails

A proposal to establish term limits for U.S. bishops of the UMC failed today. The petition got a bare majority – 463 for; 462 against – but didn’t get the two-thirds majority needed to amend the church constitution. The Rev. Michael Childs of the Mississippi Conference argued that passing term limits would help repair trust in the […]

Love, Owan, Abraham, Arnold elected to University Senate

General Conference delegates elected four people to serve on the University Senate of the UMC. Jan Love, dean of the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, was one. She’s a former deputy general secretary of the Women’s Division of the Board of Global Ministries. Also elected was the Rev. Kasap Owan of the North […]

Caffeine and Connection

Addicts of caffeine or the Internet can find enabling at UMCOR’s exhibit area at General Conference 2012. There’s a charging station for iPhones and other devices, right next to a coffee bar. Visitors were invited to try free samples of Hope’s Blend, a new coffee blend offered by Equal Exchange, a free-trade coffee sold in […]

Tweh, Capen, Blackwell, Kiboko elected to Judicial Council

Elections to Judical Council have been a main part of today’s action at General Conference. N. Oswald Tweh Sr., a Harvard Law grad from Liberia, and Beth Capen of New York, a veteran GC delegate who grew up in rural parsonages, were elected as lay members. Ms. Capel has been on the council, and will serve […]

‘Set-aside’ bishop proposal fails

The proposal to establish the position of a full-time, “set-aside” president of the Council of Bishops failed at General Conference today. As a constitutional amendment, the proposal needed a two-thirds majority. The vote was 490 for and 399 against. This was a defeat for reformers, including Bishop Larry Goodpaster, who argued that as president for the past […]