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First service recalls Jesus' seaside ministry


The 2012 United Methodist General Conference was washed in the sights and sounds of water as delegates from around the world began 10 days of work with a worship service that invited them to discipleship by the sea. Marcus Briggs-Cloud, a member of the Maskoke Nation and a son of the Wind Clan People, consecrated the worship and workspace in his native language and tradition. He asked the delegates to be mindful of the land where they are meeting. "We are not your history, we are not Tampa’s ...

General Conference 2012 Officially Begins


TAMPA, Fla. (UMNS) –– Nearly 1,000 United Methodist delegates gathered April 24 beside Tampa Bay for a 10-day conference to consider 1,200 petitions that will determine the manner in which the 12.1-million-member denomination orders its ministry, structures its agencies and addresses social justice issues for the next four years. Delegates from the United States, Europe, Africa and the Philippines opened the session with the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper and an address by Charlotte (N.C.) ...

12 ways to be connected to General Conference 2012


The General Conference of the United Methodist Church will meet April 24 - May 4, 2012, in Tampa, Florida. General Conference is the highest legislative body in the denomination. It meets once every four years. It is the only entity that speaks for The United Methodist Church. The primary responsibility of the General Conference is to enact legislation for the denomination. The General Conference revises The Book of Discipline and The Book of Resolutions. The 2012 General Conference will be ...

2012 is big year for United Methodist conferencing


The United Methodist Church is a "connectional church," which means United Methodist churches are connected by a system to guide their work, govern their policies and to be in ministry throughout the world in more ways than any one person or any one congregation could do alone. In order to guide the work of the church and conduct necessary business, United Methodists use the process of Christian Conferencing. In United Methodism, a Conference is both a worshipful meeting to conduct business ...

Remember the Future: 30 Days of Preparation for General Conference daily blogs starts Monday, March 26


Bishop Robert Schnase has created series of online reflections leading up to General Conference called "Remember the Future: 30 Days of Preparation." In a letter to the Council of Bishops, Bishop Gregory V. Palmer explains that the series “weaves together Wesleyan themes, organizational insights, and personal reflections to help church leaders throughout our connection to engage significant issues about the future of the church.  Many of the essays have brief videos embedded to explain key ...

North Alabama Delegation issues Endorsement of the Call to Action


Endorsement of the Call to Action by the North Alabama Delegation On March 10, 2012, the North Alabama Conference General and Jurisdictional Conference delegations endorsed the spirit and concept of the Council of Bishops’ letter “For the Sake of a New World, We See a New Church: A Call to Action.” The Bishops’ letter begins, “We see a new church.  It is a renewed church that is clear about its mission and confident about its future, a church that is always reaching out, inviting, alive, ...

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