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Commissioning ceremony sends out 40 mission staff

By Elliott Wright, Special Contributor… TAMPA, Fla.—Voices of the worldwide Methodist family came together in a Florida church on Sunday, April 29, to bless and celebrate 40 people being sent into the world as missionaries, deaconesses and home missioners to witness to God’s love, mercy and justice. Representatives from Methodist churches in more than two […]

Response #2 to Bishop Willimon

By We Hyun Chang, Special Contributor … Dear Bishop Willimon, Grace and peace to you in the name and spirit of the risen Christ! I read your article in the United Methodist Reporter: “GC 2012 and church by committee.” I appreciate that you shared your thoughts and reflections about GC 2012 with honesty and passion. However, […]

Response to Bishop Willimon

By Jay Voorhees, Special Contributor… Dear Bishop Willimon, This morning the net was abuzz with commentary about your UMR essay “Church By Committee.” Frankly there was little in the article that surprised me for I’ve known you long enough to know of your disdain for the system that we are both part of. I have […]

Judicial Council did the denomination a favor

By Bishop Mike Coyner, Special Contributor… You have probably heard the news that the Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church (which is kind of like our Supreme Court) ruled that the new structure passed by the General Conference was unconstitutional. Thus the hours and hours of work by the General Conference were overturned, and […]

GC trims budget, apportionments

By Rich Peck, UMNS… General Conference 2012 approved a budget of $603.1 million for seven general church funds during the 2013-2016 period; that total is 6.03 percent less than the amount apportioned for the previous four-year period—the first time the assembly has accepted a lower budget than the amount set for the preceding period. That […]

The next four years call for evangelical patience

I was watching the live feed of the proceedings of General Conference on Friday, May 4, when Decision 1210 from the church’s Judicial Council was reported. What is Decision 1210, you ask? It was the bombshell letting the General Conference know that much of its efforts at crafting and approving a broad restructuring proposal for […]

Bishop Willimon on GC2012 and ‘church by committee’

By William H. Willimon, Special Contributor… General Conference in Tampa made history as the most expensive ($1,500 per minute!), least productive, most fatuous assemblage in the history of Methodism.  Sunday evening’s “A Celebration of Ministry” fiasco was a metaphor for our nearly two weeks at church expense: four hours of belabored supplication by the General […]

#GC2012: General Conference meets the Twitterverse

 TAMPA, Fla.—When the General Conference of the United Methodist Church met in Fort Worth in 2008, Twitter was still a bit of a novelty. Some dismissed it as a fad. But at General Conference in Tampa in 2012, Twitter emerged as a power to be reckoned with. “This was the first General conference where Twitter […]

Running late: Sunday celebration and challenge

After a day of scheduled rest, General Conference delegates gathered at the Tampa Convention Center last night (Sunday night, April 29) for a plenary session celebrating highlights of the denomination’s ministries and mission projects. But by the end of the evening, as the program ran 70 minutes past its scheduled 9:30 p.m. closing time, not […]

For the Love of God: a response to Saturday night

No one can agree to share their toys so we will all go home with no change in structure?  @pastor_clayton Parliamentary pandemonium broke out in the final General Administration Committee meeting of the 2012 General Conference as competing plans rose and fell in quick legislative succession, leaving the committee with no recommendation to re-structure the […]

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