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Tampa, not Richmond, to host 2012 General Conference


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The United Methodist Church's top legislative assembly won't be meeting in Richmond, Va., in 2012, as announced last fall, but will convene in Tampa, Fla., instead. In making the change, the United Methodist Commission on the General Conference cited a church policy regarding meeting in cities that are home to professional sports teams with Native American names. The 2012 General Conference will be held April 25 to May 4 in the 600,000-square-foot Tampa Convention ...

Record Giving by United Methodists


Nashville, TN-- United Methodists gave more generously than ever before, surpassing the previous years total giving by more than 50%. This assessment of 2005 giving was reported today by Sandra K. Lackore, general secretary and treasurer of the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) of The United Methodist Church.   Lackore stated, In a year that brought much natural devastation to so many of our local congregations around the globe, we have a great deal to celebrate. We celebrate ...

United Methodist Women launching online communities


by Julia R. Tulloch and Jorge R. Obando* United Methodist Women has always been at the forefront of innovation and the use of technology. This year is no exception! The October 2005 Board of Directors meeting authorized the Women's Division to launch the first, official UMW Online Community. The primary purpose is to enhance the ways our members communicate with each other. By harnessing the power of new technologies, it will be possible for women around the world to participate in online Bible...

Bishops announce ratification of constitutional amendments


WASHINGTON (UMNS) - The United Methodist Council of Bishops has announced that all eight amendments to the church's constitution passed by the 2004 General Conference have been ratified by the annual conferences.  The new amendments are effective immediately, the council said. The process for amending the Constitution of the United Methodist Church requires a two-thirds majority vote of delegates to the General Conference, the denomination's top lawmaking assembly. Annual (regional) conferences ...

Church marks 50th anniversary of full clergy rights for women


A UMNS Feature by Vicki Brown* On May 4, 1956, in Minneapolis, the General Conference of the Methodist Church approved full clergy rights for women. Half a century later, the fruits of that action are the nearly 12,000 United Methodist clergywomen who serve the church at every level, from bishops to local pastors. A yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary includes worship services, books celebrating the lives of pioneering clergywomen and writings of other clergywomen, special ...

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