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Q&A: Planning the Act of Repentance

History has not been kind to the 32 million indigenous peoples in the world, according to the Rev. Stephen Sidorak Jr., but he hopes that United Methodists can begin a process that helps create change for the future at General Conference 2012 in Tampa.

A brief history of General Conference sessions

Each General Conference has its story and its record of accomplishment. Associate editor Bill Fentum offers a boiled-down look at each one since 1968, when the United Methodist Church was formed.

Will restructuring of the UMC cut vital ministry?

Agency restructuring. Ending guaranteed appointment. Those are just some of the big issues confronting General Conference 2012.

Separating truths, myths about Call to Action

By Bishop Gregory Palmer ••• Special Contributor There is a myth that the Call to Action started with discussions by UMC leaders in 2008. But the truth is that it originated when the Wesleys first began organizing the people called Methodists for the work of personal and social holiness. From its inception, the movement that […]

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 […]

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 […]

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