Look at ‘governance,’ not programs
Paul McCleary points to difference between ‘program’ and governance ‘structures,’ suggests GC ‘executive committee’ between sessions.
Reframing the ‘Call to Action’
Bishop Thomas Bickerton identifies three disconnects with the church that affect its ability to meet its current challenges.
Faith communities can overcome AIDS epidemic
The people of God need to decide it is time to destroy HIV/AIDS, speakers said during “Lighten the Burden IV,” sponsored by the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund.
GC2012: Bishops limit meetings, shift roles
At session preceding General Conference, bishops change meeting schedule and role of retired members to respond to Call to Action challenge.
GC2012: How to increase accountability?
Legislation aims to increase responsibility for disciple making. United Methodists ask how bishops can be more accountable too.
General Conference 2012 officially begins
‘Jesus will show up in Tampa,’ says Goodpaster as he emphasizes the mission to ‘live out the good news of God’s love for all the world.’
Book of Resolutions guides church ministry
A.W. Martin feels General Conference 2012 must ‘make every effort to put the Book of Resolutions into serious play at every level of the church's life.’
The plan for congregational vitality
‘Seeing the world as our parish, and seeing the individuals in that world as potential disciples,’ says Bishop Thomas Bickerton, ‘is the key to a revitalization.’
Do we understand how the church works?
Evidence and experience point to knowledge gap separating members from the official stands and policies of the church.
Two views on a set-aside bishop
Pastor questions “modeling church structure after corporate practices,” while COB president says we currently “demand much of one person.”
Two views on Ministry Study report
Bloggers discuss controversial proposals “separating ordination from membership” and “eliminating guaranteed appointment.”
Bishops urged to bring peace to GC2012
Council of Bishops president says more anxiety precedes this General Conference than any in recent history.
Pan-Methodist vote set for GC2012
Approval of agreement would mean ‘full communion’ with five African-American Methodist denominations.
Two perspectives on sexuality debate
One blogger asserts “maintaining the current stance in our Discipline” as another asks, “Is there any chance the outcome will be different?”
GC2012: Will the UMC say ‘I do’ to all?
United Methodists once more will take up denomination’s ban on gay clergy and same-sex marriages as lawmaking body meets.
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