GC2012: Departed leave us ‘legacy of hope’
Bishop Middleton leads worship honoring those who have gone before, reminding all of need to leave same legacy.
GC2012: Pacific Islanders welcome new ministry plan
“Our kalia (‘canoe’) has arrived and been welcomed,” said the Rev. Sione Veikoso, hailing the passage of a comprehensive plan for Pacific Islander ministry in the United States.
May 3 wrap: Gay rights protest closes morning session
A morning of tense debate leads to a demonstration preventing GC2012 delegates from doing their work.
Ruling invalidates change in Episcopal Fund
United Methodist Judicial Council declares change in apportionment by jurisdiction ‘unconstitutional.’
Delegates reject divestment from companies
Delegates approved petitions dealing with the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, but they did not approve a measure to divest from specific companies.
‘Plan UMC’ almost through GC2012
Delegates give tentative approval; final nod awaits budget report from finance council and Judicial Council decision.
Bishop’s dad whittles the ark of GC2012
Jim Bickerton’s hands were never idle even while he served as a volunteer marshal during plenary sessions.
GC2012: 5 Congo siblings capture hearts
Kamana children, ages 9 to 21, bring “O Happy Day” spirit to Florida churches and General Conference worship service.
GC2012: Prayers for peace in Nigeria
General Conference prays for victims of the recent bombings that killed many as delegation worries about friends, families.
GC2012: Sailing the ecumenical boat
Whatever the storms of life, fellowship of churches means ‘you are not alone in the boat.’
May 2 wrap: Delegates approve new structure
Frequently cited as the most important task before this General Conference, delegates say yes to new structure.
Restructuring plan gets tentative OK
Final nod awaits budget report from finance agency and decision of the denomination’s top court on constitutionality.
General Conference approves United Methodist Women autonomy
Historic vote separates the national policymaking body of women organized for mission within the denomination from the church’s mission agency for the first time in more than 70 years.
Don’t you have faith yet, asks Bishop Yemba
Congolese bishop encouraged General Conference delegates as they consider the structure of the church to make certain it is mission focused.
GC2012: Breaking bread with the homeless
Delegates took a break from legislative tedium to eat and sing with Tampa’s homeless.
GC2012: Pan-Methodists celebrate together
United Methodists join 5 African-American denominations in full communion agreement.
GC2012: Vote ends guaranteed appointments
Item passes quickly on May 1 consent calendar among other measures; effort to reconsider fails.
Justice for 1864 massacre pledged
GC2012 overwhelmingly commits church to work with four tribes in regard to reparations, repatriation and research related to Sand Creek.
May 1 wrap: Guaranteed appointments ended
Delegates vote end to guaranteed jobs for clergy, enter into full communion with Pan-Methodist churches, approve sixth national plan, approve separate agency for women.
April 30 wrap: No set-aside bishop
On first day of handling legislation in plenary, delegates act on bishops’ proposal, elect officers to Judicial Council.
GC2012: A night to recognize accomplishments
Time to celebrate ‘challenges and achievements’ of ministry with poor, global health, developing leaders, young people.
GC2012: Four elected to Judicial Council
Two Africans are top vote-getters during balloting to fill two clergy and two lay spots on United Methodist top court.
GC2012: Set-aside bishop proposal fails
Fulltime president for Council of Bishops falls short of required two-thirds support because measure comes under constitutional rule.
Up to full GC2012 to decide restructure
No plan made it out of committee, supporters of the three major plans still working to accomplish various objectives.
GC2012: 500 protest private prison industry
Bishops Carcaño and Trimble lead rally against the growing business, which provides monetary incentives for states to imprison immigrants.
GC2012: Split views on Palestinian support
Some back petitions to divest from companies tied to occupation; others opposed to that strategy look to economic investment.
GC2012: Starting along the path of repentance
The 2012 United Methodist General Conference takes time to reflect on injustices inflicted by the church on indigenous peoples.
Native missionaries welcome Act of Repentance
Choctaw missionary believes ‘the power of forgiveness can undo the past damage the church had done to Native people.’
April 27 wrap: First step to set-aside bishop
Legislative committee seeks plenary session approval of a set-aside bishop as other committees forward recommendations.
April 28 wrap: Repentance is life work
Genuine repentance calls for a change in life, says Native leader, and legislative committees scurry to complete work.
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